Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword) by David Kudler

risukoTJ Burns — February 29, 2016


Nice writing, interesting characters, and intriguing storyline.

Set in historical Japan, thirteen-year-old Risuko, who is an extraordinary tree climber, is ripped away from her mother and younger sister by a mysterious older woman and her entourage to become a “shrine maiden” – the definition of which is left purposely vague, to be discovered as the story goes on. Clearly shrine maidens do more than serve tea and play musical instruments.

I was definitely interested in Risuko and her story right from the start and had lots of questions.

The story starts out fast, slows down as we learn the intricate details of day-to-day life in Risuko’s new and unusual environment in Mochizuki. Three-quarters of this book set up the story, but the intense and suspenseful final quarter make it all worth while. Risuko lays the foundation for a series — in that regard the long set-up is justified.

The descriptive prose gave me a good understanding of Risuko’s environment and experiences. I got the feeling that I was tossed back to another time in an unfamiliar land in this exciting, well-written adventure story.

Many questions are still left unanswered and I am more than curious to learn about how Risuko’s adventure continues.


Published June 15th 2016 by Stillpoint Digital Press

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

TJ Burns Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1488850984


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Amazon: Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword) by David Kudler

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