Can one girl win a war?"Tight, exciting, and thoughtful!" --
Kano Murasaki, you may not realize it, but I have done you a great favor. I have it in my power to give you a gift that you don't even realize you desire. Make yourself worth my trouble, and you will be glad of it. Disappoint me, and you will be very, very sorry.
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Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan -- or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems
Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.
Seasons of the Sword
Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel), is a young fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn't possibly have the power to change the outcome.
Or could she?
Historical adventure fiction appropriate for young adult and middle-grade readers
About the Author
David Kudler is a writer and editor living just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wife, actress, teacher, and author Maura Vaughn, their author-to-be daughters, and their apparently non-literary cats. His teen historical novel Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, set in sixteenth century Japan was released in June, 2016. He is currently working on the sequel, Bright Eyes. He serves as publisher for Stillpoint Digital Press. Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, for which he has edited three posthumous volumes of Campbell's previously unpublished work (Pathways to Bliss, Myths of Light and Sake & Satori) and managed the publication of over fifty print, ebook, print, audio, and video titles, including the third edition of the seminal The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Currently, David serves as vice-president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.
James Egan, Los Angeles, California, is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Wild at Heart Films. He is a professor at the University of Southern California's Graduate School of Cinematic Arts. Egan serves as a National Trustee on the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation, which works with entertainment professionals to train wounded members of the military, aiding them in finding careers in the film and television industry.
"Tight, exciting, and thoughtful... The characters are nicely varied and all the pieces fit into place deftly" -- Kirkus Reviews "Risuko is an artfully crafted novel that evokes a heavy sense of place and enchantment.... Risuko's development and evolution are fascinating to watch in this powerful and relentless coming-of-age adventure."--Foreword Reviews (spotlight review) "It is easy to invest in the characters, and once the reader starts this book, it's almost impossible to put it down. Risuko goes through a lot of character growth throughout the book. An entertaining story with excellent writing and haunting descriptions, a relatable heroine, and fast-paced writing." -- InD'tale Magazine