Sword of Honor

Publisher: Anchor Canada
In the epic historical novel Hours of the Dog (or Sword of Honour), David Kirk continues the saga of Musashi Miyamoto as he journeys to the ancient city of Kyoto to fight for his life and his ideals.



Having survived the cataclysmic battle of Sekigahara, which established the mighty Tokugawa Shogunate, young Musashi Miyamoto travels through Japan determined to proclaim his revolutionary epiphany that the "way of the sword," the ancient code that binds samurai to their masters, needs to be abolished.
     But during the battle Musashi insulted an adept of the powerful Yoshioka School, and a price has been put on his head. Musashi travels to Kyoto, domain of the Yoshioka, for a reckoning. He has taken up with Ameku, a beautiful blind woman branded as a witch; his burgeoning love for her will make him vulnerable.
     Mushashi intends to deal a crushing blow to the traditional samurai dogma by destroying the Yoshioka warriors, but Musashi will learn that his spectacular gifts with the sword are no match for the cunning of powerful lords. The wily Tokugawa governor, still struggling to establish dominance in Kyoto, sees in Musashi just the weapon he needs to overcome the rebellious Yoshioka.
     Hours of the Dog seamlessly blends meticulous research, mesmerizing action sequences, and a driving narrative to bring this extraordinary figure to life.

PRAISE FOR

 • "[David Kirk] enlarges our sense of what it is to be human. . . . Packed with battles and hand-to-hand fights, with daring escapes and acts of vengeance, with blood and squalor, [Hours of the Dog] is something else." --Wall Street Journal