I read this book about 27-Jul-2007. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2006. This note was last modified Thursday, 09-Aug-2007 20:26:53 PDT.
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A girl from a poor country branch of a major family (the top relative in the city is a duke) is eventually chosen to go to town and be trained as a swordsman—which is entirely inappropriate for a lady. Nevertheless she goes (it solves all her family's financial problems, and she wants to get to the city somehow). And she even becomes a good swordsman.
Then, about 2/3 of the way through, nothing happened for a while, and the stupidity level got a bit high, and I got tired of it and stopped reading.