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The Tomoe Gozen Saga is a fantasy trilogy set in an alternate-reality Japan referred to as Naipon. The title character is the legendary 12th century lady samurai Tomoe Gozen. The trilogy's individual titles are Tomoe Gozen (later retitled The Disfavored Hero), The Golden Naginata, and Thousand Shrine Warrior

The Tomoe Gozen Saga contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Sexuality: Salmonson's Gozen is rather openly bisexual and in love with her liege lady.
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  • Escaped from Hell: Within the first thirty pages of the first book, Tomoe dies and fights her way back up from Yomi.
  • Feminist Fantasy: Salmonson is a noted feminist author, and this was probably the first western-published work to feature a female samurai.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Tomoe is naked as she fights her way out of Yomi.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Averted - Tomoe initially uses Chinese butterfly swords.
  • Lady of War: Tomoe.
  • Naginatas Are Feminine: Tomoe for a time wields a magical naginata which was in turn originally wielded by another legendary female warrior, was guarded by a female monster, and which she names Inazuma-hime, or Princess Lightning. Though, to be fair, Tomoe also wields many different weapons over the course of the series.
  • One-Woman Army: Early in the first book, Tomoe defeats a large force attacking her lord's lands almost single-handedly.
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  • We Used to Be Friends: In The Golden Naginata, Tomoe is reunited with her former comrade Goro, who has declared revenge, blaming her for his forced retirement.
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