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Leda and the Samurai Vol 1

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: House of Lee
Leda, a young woman who moved to Japan to escape her abusive family, is slowly adjusting to her new life. She's learning Japanese, making friends, and enjoying the summer festivals. On the day of the famous Tanabata festival, she finds a small shrine - but when she steps out of the shrine, she steps into Edo Era Japan.

Trapped 400 years in Japan's past, what follows is half fantasy, half historical fiction. Is her coming here an accident? Or does it have something to do with the sudden appearance of European ships off the coast? Leda must discover how she ended up in this situation, and how she can get back home - or if she even wants to go back.

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Towards the moon, to the mountains, I send my mind and spirit. In the dark that comes after what becomes of my body? ... Read Chapter


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  You don’t question why you’re running through a forest of bamboo. You don’t ask how you went from being in the cent... Read Chapter

Through the Torii

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  The bamboo seemed thicker on the other side of the shrine. Everything on this side seemed different to Leda. The air smel... Read Chapter

Hirose River

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  There was a time, during her youth, when Leda’s only hobby was hiding. If she wasn’t squirreled away in the closet at... Read Chapter


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  She felt the cool water hit her face as the strength in her limbs gave out and she collapsed into the river. She was full... Read Chapter


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“Maybe she’s one of the Ainu?” Shoko suggested with the dismissive tone of a woman who didn’t really care about the answer. ... Read Chapter


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This is just a quick reference guide for some of the things, people, and places mentioned in Leda and the Samurai. For a more in-depth lo... Read Chapter


Submitted: April 16, 2019

I’ve taken a few liberties in how I write out Japanese in romaji (the alphabet). Generally when Japanese is written out in romaji, what are seen as confusing or redundant vowels get cut (i.e.
arigatou becomes arigato). I have never liked this, since the presence of that extra vowel at the end does in fact change the pronunciation, and sometimes even the meaning of a word. Sometimes this
vowel is replaced with an h or an accent, both of which are limited because they don’t indicate which vowel was taken out. I have kept all vowels intact, as it were (so words like arigatou are
written as arigatou). That being said, I have kept the shortened version of prop-er nouns (Tokyo instead of Toukyo). This is just the avoid confusion. I included accents on some vowels to indicate
that the vowel should be pronounced (for example, Daté is pronounced “DA-tay and not like the English word “date”). Within the text words spoken in italics are being spoken in Japanese. A sentence
in italics following a Japanese quote is the English translation. The symbol used in the scene breaks, the large circle surrounded by eight smaller circles, is one of Daté Masamuné’s sigils, or
mon. It is inspired by the navagraha, or nine celestial bodies. It is some-times called the nine-planets by the people of Sendai.
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The Saga Continues...

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Sadler, A. L. (1978) Shogun: The Life of Tokuga-wa Ieyasu. Singapore: Tuttle.
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Leda and the Samurai Vol 1

Leda travels 400 years into Japan's past. Now Leda must unravel the mystery of why she came - and if she can ever return.

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