The Inn of Fallen Leaves

By Mitch Davies

Historical fiction, General fiction, Action & adventure | Paperback, eBook


In the turmoil of Japan, before the banishment of the samurai class, a disillusioned samurai, Itashima Chobei, is confronted by Akiyama, a samurai on a mysterious errand for his powerful leader. Their conflicted worlds lead to a battle of wits, ego and pursuit. In the middle is a beautiful woman, Miyo, attached to one, coveted by the other. Cho, after having been forced by his clan to perform atrocities, works as a yojimbo and handyman for a second-tier inn along the Nakasendo Highway. Akiyama is a samurai from Mito province who is loyal to his clan. When Akiyama's Daimyo Lord is forced to stay at the inn, improvements must be made, and the Mito samurai demands that the inn make those changes according to the Mito Leader's requirements. After a failed assassination attempt against the leader of Japan, Akiyama and Miyo disappear. Cho, believing that Miyo has chosen to live with a samurai of higher status, pursues them, determined that Miyo know the truth about the man with whom she's disappeared. Cho and a young samurai companion, Kensei, travel the length and breadth of Japan’s highways for a year in search of the couple. They separate for personal reasons, but reunite at the inn another year later where Cho learns the truth of Miyo's departure and her life with Akiyama. Does he owe it to himself or to Japan to find Akiyama and punish him for what he's done?


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In the turmoil of Japan, before the banishment of the samurai class, a disillusioned samurai, Itashima Chobei, is confronted by Akiyama, a samurai on a mysterious errand for his powerful leader. Their conflicted worlds lead to a battle of wits, ego and pursuit. In the middle is a beautiful woman, Miyo, attached to one, coveted by the other. Cho, after having been forced by his clan to perform atrocities, works as a yojimbo and handyman for a second-tier inn along the Nakasendo Highway. Akiyama is a samurai from Mito province who is loyal to his clan. When Akiyama's Daimyo Lord is forced to stay at the inn, improvements must be made, and the Mito samurai demands that the inn make those changes according to the Mito Leader's requirements. After a failed assassination attempt against th...


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Mitch Davies was born in Canada where he lived for 40 years before moving to the desert of Arizona. An English teacher sparked an interest in reading for Mitch early in high school. The influence of stories created a new goal, a goal to write. Whether the stories were historical non-fiction or fiction, the influence was ever present. As a result Mitch viewed most of life's occurrences as scenes for a story and he incorporates many of his experiences in his writing. He hopes you will enjoy his work. For the past number of years he has developed a strong interest in Japan. This interest in Japanese history and culture has taken him to Japan on many occasions. His travels in Japan included visits to historical locations of significance so he could see first hand the sights where a nation's essence unfolded. His third novel, The Inn of Fallen Leaves, is a direct result of his interest in Japan.


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Mitch Davies was born in Canada where he lived for 40 years before moving to the desert of Arizona. An English teacher sparked an interest in reading for Mitch early in high school. The influence of stories created a new goal, a goal to write. Whether the stories were historical non-fiction or fiction, the influence was ever present. As a result Mitch viewed most of life's occurrences as scenes fo...


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