“Daughter of the Katsura” now available

A welcome from Phil Barlow

Thanks for taking the time to be here. This website is the place to find information about my books [ordering from here will be possible in the near future]. I have listed additional reading, materials and sources used on its own page. There are also places for your Comments or Questions

Phil Barlow is an Australian author with a background in History and Teaching. His earlier research was centered around Medieval Europe and the Napoleonic Wars, but with a shift in his focus towards Asia, he has taken a special interest in Japanese History.

His first series follows a daughter of a minor clan, Katsura Michiru, through the tumultuous changes of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603) and the early Edo period. As her life intersects with all manner of people, the reader will meet characters based on historical research brought to life as part of her adventures.

He is also working on a Supernatural Thriller, The Dark Heart of the Mountain, in which a samurai brother and sister enlist the aid of a disreputable Sorcerer and his minions to free their home from the grip of an ancient evil.


Michiru gasped, not believing that she was still alive. She stood, shaking, still holding the ronin’s sword. Her head buzzed. All she could hear was her own breathing. This was worse than fleeing the inn, when others had done the fighting for her. Michiru had fought this battle by herself.  The whole time she had been terrified to the verge of panic. Now she was frozen, her mind roiling as she tried to make sense of it all. How was she still alive? Ōmono stood there holding out a water bottle and saying something, but she could not comprehend. The sword, dark with blood, dropped from her hands as she sank to her knees, releasing a shuddering sigh.”

excerpt from “Daughter of the Katsura”