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Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Teen Adventure) (Seasons of the Sword Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
His children's picture book The Seven Gods of Luck was adapted from a Japanese folktale. Two books that he edited for Joseph Campbell Foundation (Sake & Satori and Myths of Light) explore Japanese mythology and religion. He has written about places other than Japan -- but his imagination keeps returning to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Risuko is his first novel.
- ASIN : B01FPWWCNA
- Publisher : Stillpoint/Atalanta; 1st edition (June 15, 2016)
- Publication date : June 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2228 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #595,169 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Risuko, along with Emi and Toumi, are picked up by Lady Chiyome and taken to Mochizuki where the girls become novices and begin training to be kunoichi. The characterization is simplistic, with the author falling back on generalizations in character rather than creating fully fleshed-out people. Toumi (along with junior initiates Mai and Shino) are mean girls. Emi is the quiet one. And Risuko is the headstrong willful one who is too curious and smart for her own good. Even the more dominant background characters seem bit one-dimensional in characterization. Kee Sun, for example, is one who gets a lot of space in the book, but other than being Korean, dedicated to food, and jolly with a bit of a temper, there's not much to glean from him. Hopefully, this is something that is rectified in the second book.
There's also a whiff of "chosen one" to this story. Of course Risuko is a skilled climber, which becomes plot relevant many times. Of course Risuko is smart and clever.
That all said, I did really enjoy this book. The plot moves a bit slowly, and other readers may get bored with the day-to-day life of Mochizuki (it does devolve at times with this happened, and then this, and the this). Others may enjoy it as it is nice worldbuilding and lets the reader learn what it was like in one of the centers that trained elite warriors. There is also enough hints of Risuko's larger purpose that I'm extremely intrigued where Kudler takes the character.
Readers who already enjoy Tamora Pierce and similar authors would enjoy this. I'm looking forward to the second book.
I received a free review copy from the publisher.
Risuko is on something of a hero’s journey; I’d expect nothing less from an author who has so closely studied Joseph Campbell. She faces self-discovery, growth, and moral dilemmas in this book, and no doubt the ones to come. I look forward to following her journey in the series!