A very interesting novel set during the period in Japanese history known
as Sengoku after a devastating civil war (the civil war era that lasted from 1467 to 1603). Risuko is a young fatherless girl who is purchased by a widow, Lady Chiyome, to become a
student at her school. What Risuko soon learns is that, under the pretense of running a school for shrine maidens, Lady Chiyome is building a small army of “dangerous flowers” aka female ninjas of
which Risuko is to become.
I enjoyed the historical environment and the strong female characters in the story. A few times I thought it took Risuko too long to figure something out--but she is young, and this is certainly an
experience I had while reading other middle-grade novels.
Enjoyable novel, especially for girls of all ages. Recommended.