NEW SERIES ALERT
This sounds like an awesome new fantasy series. I don’t often read books set in different countries but I may just try this one. I love the cover it really gives an urban vibe and the pretty model holding the wicked looking sword suggests this urban fantasy heroine is not to be messed with, and hopefully there will be lots of action to come…
THE SERIES: Fated Blades
PUBLISHER: Roc | RELEASE DATE: Oct 2012 | GENRE: Urban Fantasy
Tokyo cop Mariko Oshiro investigates the attempted theft of an old samurai sword — forged by the legendary Master Inazuma, a swordsmith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and it threatens to turn against her even as she learns to wield the sword herself…
STEVE BEIN (pronounced “Bine”) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago. From there he went on to Eastern Illinois University, where he studied philosophy and creative writing, and to Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, where he studied philosophy and German. He did his graduate work at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with a stint in Japan at Nanzan University in Nagoya and at Obirin University in Tokyo. He received his MA and Ph.D. in philosophy from UH-Mānoa.
Today Steve splits his time between Rochester, Minnesota and Rochester, New York. He is a visiting professor of Asian philosophy and Asian history at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he also teaches courses in philosophy and science fiction. His academic interests include bioethics, which led him to a short stint as a visiting researcher at the Mayo Medical School, and environmental philosophy, which led him to see polar bears in Canada and penguins and whales in Antarctica.
Steve is a rock climber, mountaineer, SCUBA diver, skier, and avid traveler, and he enjoys just about anything he can do outdoors. He has dabbled in a wide range of martial arts (twenty-five at last count) and he holds black belts in two American forms of combative martial arts. These days he has returned to studying Brazilian Jiujitsu. Steve lives with his partner of seventeen years, Michele, and their Labs, Kane and Buster. (Author Website)