The Best Books About Samurai

Over 200 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Books About Samurai

List of best books about samurai, including jacket cover images when available. Though many readers think of Clavell's Shogun as the premiere samurai novel, there are many other fantastic books about the legendary Japanese swordsman of feudal Japan as wellAll these popular books on Samurai are sorted by popularity, so the highest rated books are at the top of the list. This well-researched Samurai bibliography includes out-of-print titles and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable novels - fiction or non-fiction - about Samurai. If you're looking for a list of top books on Samurai then you're in the right place.

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  • Musashi
    Eiji Yoshikawa
    86 votes
    • First Published: 1935
    • Subjects: Japan
    • Genres (Book): Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical novel
    Musashi is a Japanese novel written by Eiji Yoshikawa. It was serialized in 1935 in the newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan
    61 votes
    • First Published: 1975
    • Subjects: Shogun, Adventure, Japan, History
    • Genres (Book): Historical fiction, Fiction
    Shōgun is a 1975 novel by James Clavell. It is the first novel of the author's Asian Saga. A major bestseller, by 1990 the book had sold 15 million copies worldwide. Beginning in feudal Japan some months before the critical Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Shōgun gives an account of the rise of the daimyo "Toranaga". Toranaga's rise to the Shogunate is seen through the eyes of the English sailor John Blackthorne, called Anjin by the Japanese, whose fictional heroics are loosely based on the historical exploits of William Adams.
  • Cloud of Sparrows
    Takashi Matsuoka
    16 votes
    • First Published: 2002
    • Subjects: Japan, History
    • Genres (Book): Historical fantasy, Fiction
    Cloud of Sparrows is the first historic novel by author Takashi Matsuoka featuring the struggle of Genji, the young Great Lord of Akaoka, in the year 1861. This is only six years after Japan opened to the West and features three American missionaries who become involved with Genji, notably, Emily who hopes to find solace in Japan and build a church and Matthew, a product of the American West who seeks revenge. As Genji struggles to bring his clan to victory during turbulent times, he enlists the help of his geisha lover, his master swordsman uncle all while fighting enemy clans and ninjas. This book is praised for its cultural and historic accuracy. The second book in the series features the Cloud of Sparrows castle and the missionary Emily, titled Autumn Bridge.
  • Frank Miller's Ronin
    14 votes
    • First Published: 1983
    • Subjects: Samurai, Comics
    • Genres (Book): Fantasy, Fiction, Speculative fiction, Humour
    Ronin is a comic book limited series published between 1983 and 1984, by DC Comics. The series was written and drawn by Frank Miller with artwork painted by Lynn Varley. It takes place in a dystopic near-future New York in which a ronin is reincarnated. The six-issue work shows some of the strongest influences of manga and bande dessinée on Miller's style, both in the artwork and narrative style.
  • Taiko
    Eiji Yoshikawa
    15 votes
    • First Published: Kodansha International
    • Subjects: Japan, Japanese History
    • Genres (Book): Biographical historical fiction
  • Autumn Bridge
    Takashi Matsuoka
    7 votes
    • First Published: 2004
    • Subjects: Women, Japan, History
    • Genres (Book): Historical fantasy fiction, Fiction