Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Sword of Kuromori (The Sword of Kuromori, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Sword of Kuromori (The Sword of Kuromori, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Sword of Kuromori

(Sword of Kuromori #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  173 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Kenny Blackwood arrives in Tokyo to spend the summer with his father and is stunned to discover a destiny he had never dreamed of when he finds himself in the middle of a hidden war that is about to explode. Racing against an impossible deadline, Kenny must find the fabled Sword of Heaven and use it to prevent the disaster. But a host of terrifying monsters is out to destr ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Egmont UK (first published May 8th 2014)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Sword of Kuromori, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Sword of Kuromori

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
3.5 mythical stars

A pretty decent series starter. I loved learning about other countries' cultures, and it's an addded bonus that this was set in one of those places in my bucket list, Japan. A crash course on some of their customs and traditions, mythology, urban legends and their array of supernatural beings with some characters that are a bit familiar ( due to the fact that I love watching animes) but some are interestingly new that I appreciate the helpful glossary at the end. Full of action
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,8 / 5*

Ani nevíte, jak mě tato bondovka křížená s mission impossible bavila. Že v tom byly prvky Percyho Jacksona, klasických disneyovek a špetka magie z Elantris od Sandersona? Komu to vadí..

Mělo to spád, šmrnc, trochu překvapení, pěkný námět, základ v historii a prima hrdiny.

Hold.. já z middle grade knih asi nikdy nevyrostu. ^^

PS: Nevylučujte přiučení se v jazyce japonském.

Juan Manuel Sarmiento
La Espada de Kuromori es una novela altamente recomendada para fans de Rick Riordan y la aventura. El ambiente que crean la localización, el folklore, la magia, la acción, y el humor, hacen de esta novela una emocionante lectura que atrapará al lector de inicio a fin.
Reseña completa, mañana en mi blog:
Mª Del Mar
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un 4,5 y el libro es genial. Mantiene la acción de principio a fin. No he leído el avance que viene del siguiente libro para así no quedarme con las ganas de más.
Eigentlich wollte Kenny in Tokio nur seinen Vater besuchen. Doch kaum ist er gelandet, wird er von finsteren Männern entführt. Sie nennen ihn „Kuromori“ und wispern von einer alten Prophezeiung, in der er eine entscheidende Rolle spielt. Kenny ist sich sicher, dass sie den Falschen erwischt haben. Denn wie soll er, ein ganz normaler Junge, es mit übermächtigen Göttern und einem tödlichen Drachen aufnehmen können?

Rasant, spannend, abenteuerlich, actionreich, magisch, mythisch,
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely one that I would suggest to anyone who is looking for a good action packed book.
Kevin Hsieh
Feb 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
The Sword of Kuromori

A mediocre book by all standards, Jason Rohan makes a futile attempt to replicate Rick Riordan's flair at infusing mythology into stories, and Chris Bradford's gift for setting the scene of Japan. It is enraging to see Chinese and Japanese cultures and customs being mixed up. It is to the point in which the chapter numbers are in Chinese but the book is set in Japan.

Jason Rohan should seriously reconsider his job as a writer. He introduces a "fluffy creature" in the fir
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
El autor ha sabido mezclar la acción de los sucesos con la realidad que crea de una forma amena, en la que es fácil adentrarse y consigue captar el interes del lector, contando situaciones peligrosas pero dándole tambien algún que otro toque de humor que le ha venido bastante bien, así que, con un final bastante cerrado para ser una primera parte y unos personajes que me han gustado, La espada de Kuromori ha sido un buen principio de saga.
Danny Phanton
Reseña completa en mi blog:La cueva de Danny.

Cada persona se pone sus propios límites y decide qué puede o no hacer.


Estuvo bien, entretenido, me recordó mucho a Percy, esta lleno de acción y unas veces me hizo reír, pero creo que le falto algo más y no me gusto nada el final.
Tristan Warner-Smith
Full of pace and action that draw you in. Interlaced with delightful Japanese tidbits. The final plot resolution felt a little easy but did manage to build intrigue in earlier chapters. Could work well as a screenplay.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Перси Джексон на японский лад! Слушала как аудиокнигу в исполнение Валерия Смекалова. Очень понравилось - приключения, любовь и юмор.
Kim Dyer
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won-in-giveaway
The Sword of Kuromori is a fast-paced and exciting debut to the series. It focuses on an English teenager who learns that he is the only one who can save America from a great disaster. The story is very quick to establish itself and is a breeze to read, so would be a good choice for a reluctant reader (especially if they are a fan of shounen anime). Its action sequences are frequent and very visual, making it one for those stories that would adapt very well to the screen. However, it should be n ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Kenny Blackwood is on his way to Japan to meet his father, but he hasn't even arrived before things start going weird. From the fuzzy animal in the luggage compartment to the various monsters that are wandering around, the various invisible residents aren't able to hide from him. The problem is they hate being noticed. And like it or not, Kenny's coming into this on the heels of his grandfather's formidable reputation . . .

I liked the sheer amount and variety of monsters in this. Starting with t
Christina Reid
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this up to read after meeting the author at YA Shot and doing a fascinating workshop with him about writing across cultures.

I could see some of his advice in action during this book, when he introduced culture specific to Japan through talking about various youkai (supernatural monsters) as well as routines for eating, sleeping and bathing. At times, I did feel that the information given was too detailed e.g. when the main character is in a car from the airport he names every street the
Kyle Lovasco
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“The Sword of Kuromori” by Jason Rohan has become my all time favorite book. The genre of this book is fiction. This book is about a 13 year old boy named Kenny Blackwood who goes to Japan to visit his dad, but ends up caught up in a hidden war. Kenny is one of few people who have the ability to see special creatures called yokai. Kenny has to stop these people who are trying to get revenge after hundreds of years. Kenny gets help from Hiroshima and his daughter Kiomi. This book is packed with a ...more
Jan 23, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF, no puntuare un libro que abandonè.
Aunque este pueda parecer un libro muy mi estilo y que seguramente amaría... No lo fue (como se podrán dar cuenta). Los motivos: Personajes planos, historia repetitiva, no se nada de la mitología japonesa o asiática, ya que estamos, y aun así el autor parecía querer que asumiera toda la información que se da en este libro introductorio como si fuera algo que me enseñaron en la primaria.
El libro tiene acción a toneladas, ademas de ser dinámico y ligero, per
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugendbuch
Das ist grundsätzlich ein gutes und spannendes Buch, vom Plot her für 11/12+ sehr gut geeignet. Allerdings beinhaltet es einige Szenen, aber auch Grundthemen, die für dieses Alter schon sehr heftiger Tobak sind: Die Atombomben-Abwürfe auf Japan und deren Folgen, Nach-/Kriegswirren, ein geplanter Vergeltungsschlag, der Millionen Menschenleben kosten soll und dann noch einige ganz konkrete Leben, die in Kampfhandlungen dahingenommen werden.
Heather Laskos
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
My kids seemed to like this book about Kenny who travels to Japan thinking he will visit his professor Father and ends up stopping the destruction of the American west coast by defeating a dragon with an enchanted sword.
Robert Pazmany
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kuromori-reihe
OMG die Ende ist soo... ach, einfach megaa!
Happy und sad end, das ist so unfassbar schön gewesen! Ich empfehle es total! Das musst man einfach lesen... Allerdings würde ich es eher für die Kinder ab 12 Jahren empfehlen, da die Kampfszenen einbisschen Brutal sind.. aber ansonsten MEGA!
Katie Kizzier
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
Not super impressed with this book and as a parent, I’m not totally sure I’d want my kids reading a book with a racial slur in it. Just my two cents. It had a neat storyline but I had to force myself to read the middle and it picked up at the end again.
Sparsh K
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great nonfiction book, great people who love mystery and adventure
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Great action fantasy for fans of ya manga and/or anime.
Tijuana Local
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un chico llamado Kenny llega a Tokio para pasar el verano con su padre. Todo parece indicar que serán unas vacaciones comunes y corrientes. Sin embargo, muy pronto se ve envuelto en una peligrosa e inesperada misión que pondrá a prueba su valor e inteligencia.

Kenny deberá encontrar la legendaria Espada de Cielo, la cual le servirá para salvar su vida y evitar una guerra. Pero una serie de terroríficos monstruos están dispuestos a destruirlo, y sabe que aunque su misión tenga éxito, tendrá unas c
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Carimbe seu passaporte e partiu Japão!
Eu sempre tento falar de histórias que ocorram fora do eixo EUA e dessa vez a gente vai para o outro lado do mundo aprender uma nova cultura, ter alguma aventura e ter bons momentos com a leitura desse livro.

Uma das coisas que me encantou fosse essa. É uma aventura deliciosa, meio despretensiosa, mas sei lá, você se agarra nela e quer saber o que mais vai aparecer de louco, que deuses iremos encontrar e o quê de j
André | Garotos Perdidos
Transitando entre o real e a fantasia, Jason Rohan nos apresenta a mitologia japonesa de forma divertida. Rohan é inglês e já trabalhou como escritor da Marvel Comics e como professor de inglês no Japão, onde viveu por cinco anos. A Espada de Kuromori é a sua estreia como autor de livros. Em uma passagem hilária, Kenny argumenta porque o Super-Homem deveria ser um personagem porcalhão, gordo e peludo [risos]. Provavelmente alguma piada da época da Marvel.

O mercado tem lançado diversos livros de
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Sword of Kuromori is not only an Alex Rider-style highly visual adventure with pace and passion and wit, but also a subtle lesson in Japanese language and culture. Teen Kenny Blackwood arrives in Tokyo expecting to spend some time during the school holidays with his father, who is residing there. However, even on the plane to Japan some peculiar events occur, and when he is taken aside at the airport and interrogated, things get even stranger. Before long he finds out that he can see mythica ...more
- 3.5 Estrellas -

Los libros basados en mitologías extranjeras se volvieron mis favoritos gracias a cierto autor *coff*Riordan*coff* y a cierta saga de libros *coff*Percy Jackson*coff*, así que cuando veo algo que va por el mismo camino, me lo anoto sin pensarlo (: La Espada de Kuromori fue un título que pico mi curiosidad por la premisa de que contenía muchísima mitología y cultura japonesa (esta en mi Top 5 de culturas y mitologías favoritas), y aún sin tantas reseñas o referencias, decidí darl
Alek Dennis
The story opens with Kenny Blackwood on a flight across the Pacific, on his way to spend the summer with his father in Japan. It is a prospect that he is less than happy about, as his relationship with his father is strained to say the least, but Kenny's grandfather has arranged the trip and paid for the flight so he has little choice in the matter. As the plane is nearing Japan a flight attendant delivers an envelope to Kenny, containing a letter written by his grandfather and a small wooden wh ...more
Karolína Pavlíková
Jun 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
At the moment, I've finished reading this book, the first thing that came on my mind was: "Well, the genre fantasy is doomed. And this book is the best proof of the genre's fail."
Most of the people can think, that fantasy brought an infine plenty of options, but the truth is that it's way more limited than the other genres. In every book you meet some kind of magic, magical creatures, mythology, new land etc. so you want to find something more to appreciate.
→ And when the book is written obviou
Elsie DiLisio
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a pretty interesting book, originally published in Japanese, about a boy whose grandfather sends him on vacation to Japan by himself, to visit his father. On the way, he meets a small furry creature in his luggage compartment on the plane, that's invisible to everyone except for him, is kidnapped by a large man in a business suit, that he learns is a devil, and is involved in a motorcycle chase, in which he is saved by a girl ninja. He is extremely shaken and confused, and later learns ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Crooked Sixpence (The Uncommoners #1)
  • Young Knights Of The Round Table (Young Knights Trilogy, #1)
  • Wolves of the Witchwood (The Impossible Quest #2)
  • The Talisman Thief (Alfie Bloom #2)
  • Hamish and the Worldstoppers (Hamish and the PDF, #1)
  • Mars Evacuees (Mars Evacuees #1)
  • The Great Ice-Cream Heist
  • Catch the Zolt (The Debt, #1)
  • Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City
  • Darkmouth #2: Worlds Explode
  • Pugs of the Frozen North
  • Timesmith (Timesmith Chronicles, #2)
  • The Black Lotus (Shadow of the Ninja #1)
  • Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret
  • Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness (Ash Mistry Chronicles, #3)
  • The Osiris Curse (Tweed & Nightingale Adventures, #2)
  • Dandelion Clocks
  • Secrets of the Dragon Tomb (Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, #1)

Other books in the series

Sword of Kuromori (3 books)
  • The Shield of Kuromori (The Sword of Kuromori, #2)
  • The Stone of Kuromori (The Sword of Kuromori, #3)

Fantasy & Science Fiction Deals

  • World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fortune's Rising (Outer Bounds #1)
    $5.99 $2.49
  • Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days, #3)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • The Beginning of the End (Apocalypse Z, #1)
    $5.49 $1.99
  • Going Wild (Going Wild #1)
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Renegade: The Lost Books, Book 3
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Making History
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)
    $10.99 $2.99
  • Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Lost Books: Includes four complete novels�Chosen, Infidel, Renegade, and Chaos
    $12.99 $3.99
  • Enchantress (Evermen Saga, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Let the Right One In: A Novel
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Come Out Tonight
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fawkes
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Sticks & Stones (Upside-Down Magic #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Hidden Relic (Evermen Saga, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth #5)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Followed by Frost
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Rift Uprising (The Rift Uprising Trilogy #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere, #1)
    $6.99 $1.99
  • A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth Book 4)
    $9.99 $2.49
  • The Witch's Daughter (The Witch's Daughter, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur (Warlord Chronicles)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Chronicles, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • 14
    $7.99 $2.49
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Venom in the Veins (Elemental Assassin, #17)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)
    $11.99 $1.99
  • I, Robot
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
    $8.99 $2.49
  • Running with the Demon (Word & Void #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Infomocracy (The Centenal Cycle, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99