Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blog Tour: Risuko by David Kudler

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Risuko by David Kudler
Pages: 230
Publisher: Stillpoint/Atalanta
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Can one girl win a war?

My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.

I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.

My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.

All I want to do is climb.

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.


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.

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.

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My Review
Written beautifully. I do not usually read historical fiction. In fact, just seeing those two words together is usually a guarantee I won't even bother reading the synopsis. However, the cover art plus the title had me checking out what it was about. I still wasn't sure but decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. 

I have several reasons why I stay away from historical fiction. One of those reasons is that I don't like the restraining gender roles of the past. In Risuko, these young women are seemingly continuing a tradition of being a shrine maiden. But that isn't really what they are. What they are is much more. They are strong women hiding behind a demur facade.

I like Risuko. She took what happened to her with stride. The other characters are interesting as well. I wasn't surprised when it was revealed who was behind the incidents but I was surprise by the reason. I think the summary is a bit inaccurate. This is a set up book. We are basically getting the background to who and why Risuko is going to do the things she'll do in book 2. At least, that's my thinking. A great start to the series I think.

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.

A published author, he is currently working on Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, a young-adult historical adventure novel set in sixteenth century Japan.

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.

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  1. Thanks again for the thoughtful, thought-provoking feedback! I'm glad that you enjoyed Risuko.

    1. You're welcome and thank you for the compliment.