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When the heir to the empire comes to Mino, the lives of young Oguna and Toko change forever. Oguna is drafted to become a shadow prince, a double trained to take the place of the hunted royal. But soon Oguna is given the Mirror Sword, and his power to wield it threatens the entire nation. Only Toko can stop him, but to do so she needs to gather four magatama, beads with magical powers that can be strung together to form the Misumaru of Death. Toko’s journey is one of both adventure and self-discovery, and also brings her face to face with the tragic truth behind Oguna’s transformation. A story of two parallel quests, of a pure love tried by the power of fate, the second volume of Tales of the Magatama is as thrilling as Dragon Sword and Wind Child.
Noriko Ogiwara was inspired to write by the classic Western children's books she read as she was growing up. Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince is the second volume of the award-winning Magatama Trilogy. Her other books include The Good Witch of the West, Fuujin Hisho, the first Tale of the Magatama—Dragon Sword and Wind Child. Ogiwara makes her home in Japan.
Stay with me. You need not fret. Surely you know that there has never been a time when I did not think of you.
Toko gripped Oguna harder. She could feel that he was struggling to remain detached.
Let the girl go. The voice suddenly sounded harsh.
She’ll be the ruin of you. She’s detestable.
Which one of us is really detestable, Toko thought. Despite her terror, she felt anger swelling inside her.