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Zoe Marriott s inventive, Japanese-inflected urban fantasy raises the stakes in a sweeping second installment. Against all odds, Mio has defeated the evil Nekomata and seen her love, Shinobu, restored to life. But in the wake of the battle, Mio s unsettling connection to the "katana" an ancient sword her family has been compelled to guard for generations has grown more frightening. And now the Underworld has sent the Shikome foul women whose feathers carry death to spread a supernatural plague through London. With her best friend in the hospital, Shinobu s very existence at risk, and the city in chaos, Mio realizes there is no way she can keep everyone she loves alive. What terrible sacrifice must she make to save the world?"
Zoe Marriott is the author of the young adult fantasy novels "The Swan Kingdom, Daughter of the Flames, "and "Shadows on the Moon, " as well as the first book in the Name of the Blade trilogy. She lives in England."