Geisha gives us insight into the complexities of loyalty and execution of duty that permeates the clan structure of Japanese society, blending modern day and ancient mythology. Yoshi--later known to us as the legendary shadow wolf of the Takahasi clan--has been bound in service to the Shuhan of Mochizuki. To fulfill his mandate he is sent away for geisha training, a humiliation compounded by having the Shuhan's personal guard monitor his every waking and sleeping hour.
What transpires is not exactly what his trainers, or even Yoshi, expected. This short fiction nicely adds to the background story and is a good lead-in to the amazing epic that is the Shadow Wolf saga.
(reviewed the day of purchase)