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Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword #1)
My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls 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 and the Kano family is in di...more
<spoiler>So,…more Hi! I'm so sorry — I just saw this. I didn't get a notification when you posted it. Thanks so much for asking. It's a good question.
<spoiler>So, I'm going to guess that you figured out that the girls — Risuko, Emi, and Toumi — are all just about at puberty age. A couple of things to remember: young women reach puberty much earlier now than they did even a hundred years ago. There are a lot of theories about why that is, but one of the reasons is almost certainly improved nutrition. All three of the girls were living in poverty, on the edge of starvation, up until they reached Mochizuki.
Under Kee Sun's care, they receive a high-protein diet for the first time since they were young. All three girls grow quickly, though Emi grows the most.
All of that is to say that though she seems younger in some ways, Risuko is thirteen. The other girls are a bit older — about fourteen. (The Japanese count age by New Year's Day, not birthday, with everyone going up a year at the same time. So in Japan, they'd all be thirteen.)
I don't mention their ages for a couple of reasons. First of all, I wasn't sure it mattered. Second, I wanted Emi and Toumi to hit their first moon time — and I didn't want to go through the whole explanation that I just gave you. Didn't think it moved the story forward much, and I wanted to talk about periods as little as possible so as not to get anyone too squeamish without any reason.
There. Long answer to a simple question. :-)
It's not much of a spoiler, but I'm going to throw this under a spoiler tag just in case.
By the way, why do you think I had moon time show up in the book at all?</spoiler>(less) (hide spoiler)]
There is no sex in this book. There is some background romance; it's not a major theme in Risuko, but will become…moreThanks for the question, Renee!
There is no sex in this book. There is some background romance; it's not a major theme in Risuko, but will become somewhat more important in later volumes in the series. (less)
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Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees...more
I really loved the concept of this book and the writing was really great as well. I do think this is more Middle Grade than Young Adult though. I wasn't really expecting MG so I was a little bit disappointed. I thought the first %10 was kind of confusing and just felt weird to me but it definitely got better. I loved the Japanese culture and history and even though I don't much about Japan, it felt like the author did a great deal of research and knew what he was talking about.
The one ...more
Risuko Murasaki loves to climb trees. When she is taken away from her family and sold to a noblewoman named Lady Chiyome who has chosen her to become a shrine maiden at her school The Full Moon, Risuko must quickly grow up and learn how to be a kunoichi while surviving in times of war. Want to read more? Check this book out for yourself and find out.
This book was a pretty good r ...more
Original Post: Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale at FLYLēF (www.flylef.com)
IT WAS ODDLY nostalgic reading Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler. The vivid portrayal of the Japanese culture brought back many fond memories of my childhood, a time when I was much more rooted in my Asian heritage.
Kano Murasaki, nicknamed Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl with a gift for climbing. Her unique talent catches the eye of Lady Chiyome, Head Mistress of a remote school in Mount Fuji. Risuko soon find ...more
Risuko means squirrel and is a nickname for Kano Murasaki, a girl who loves to climb trees to escape the hardships her little sister and mother go through trying to survive without her father. Set in historical Japan, the land is torn apart by warring samurai lords trying to unite Japan under one flag. An old woman, Lady Chiyome, decided she wanted to play a part in forming Japan's future and s ...more
This book was delicious.
This may sound absolutely weird, I know.
But I don't find another word for it.
I loved the cover, I love foreign languages, I think it's no wonder that I loved this book.
Though, I have to admit, at first it was a bit difficult for me to distinguish all the characters because of their Japanese names and because of all the nicknames everyone had.
But after a while you get u ...more
Review originally posted at The Nerdy side of a queen
Thank you Netgalley and Stillpoint Digital Press for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.
-Risuko-Proper name: Kano Murasaki
-Lady Mochizuki Chiyome
-Mieko and Kuniko-Lady Chiyome’s maid
-Hanichi Emi and Tasugu Toumi-Risuko’s friends.
-Little brothers-Servants of Lady Chiyome.
Rating: 3.5 stars
“A Kunoichi is married to her duty and to death.”
I have a lot of things to say about this story by David Kudler; there were things ...more
Rusiko is a beautiful story set in sixteenth century Japan. Females are warriors and Japan is tearing itself apart all in the belief they are helping put the country back together.
Risuko is full of beautiful language, amazing settings and jam packed with cultural knowledge.
I loved the descriptions of the fighting dance, the smooth movements and grace, the prediction of moves and serenity. I felt I was there doing the moves with Risuko in the falling snow with the other woman.
The reason ...more
(I received a free copy from the publisher, Stillpoint Digital Press, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
Kano Murasaki has loved climbing her whole life. So much so that she has been nicknamed Risuko by her family - Squirrel. One moment she's simply climbing a tree with her sister, and the next she's going off with Lady Chiyome, who tells her that her mother has sold her to Lady Chiyome's services. Risuko doesn't know what this entails, but she has ...more
If you've been my friend for a long time, you would know how I love Japan; food, culture, mangas, people, language—name it. So basically, the title of this novel caught my attention that's why I signed up for it.
Anyway, the story was about Risuko on her journey to be a kunoichi, an assassin. Her mother sold her for an unknown reason (view spoiler)[(maybe it will be discussed on the next boo ...more
Such a lovely & amazing book!!! This one was the best book I read ever. Everyone could be a writer, But everyone can't be an author. A clever author. I think David Kudler is a good author. A clever author. I must admire author's writing style. It was very impressive. Because when I read the first paragraph of the "prologue - Serenity" positive feelings come through my mind.
And yeah, this bo ...more
Actual Rating: 3.75
This was a great read. The story was interesting and fascinating. I thought that the story-telling was like that of an anime than a book. I enjoyed learning about Japan and its history. However, the story was not fast-paced and I thought that made the story a bit boring.
Risuko is an interesting character. Her name means "Squirrel" in Japanese because she loves to climb trees. I thought her character was stron ...more
I am really impressed by how my feelings changed from lack of interest to admiration for this book. The start was slow as always is with 'different' books. By different I mean not the usual mainstream/hyped up books. It's a literary work in its honest form. However, once I passed the 30% mark, I was starting to get invested in the story.
I like how uniqu ...more
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale
Series: Seasons of the Sword #1
Author: David Kudler
Release Date: June 15th 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Cliffhanger: Not really
Writing Style: First Person, Female POV
HEA: (view spoiler)[Um... Not Really? (hide spoiler)]
One word to describe this book: unexpected.
When I saw this book on NetGalley, the title really captivated me. Although I didn't really read this kind of book, in fact I never read a book with this genre before, but I just knew ...more
This book wasn't at all what I was expecting, which was actually kind of nice.
First, I have to say that if I was a middle grades student, I probably would have absolutely loved this novel and given it 5 stars. The writing is definitely geared more toward a younger audience, but at the same time, some of the themes are decidedly not child-like. That really would have appealed to ...more
This review was originally posted on my blog Hounds & Habits.
Risuko by David Kudler is my first ARC and I absolutely loved the main character and story. Being an ARC, however, it needs a little tough love before it reaches its full potential.
Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first.
The first thing anyone will notice about Risuko is the killer cover. I actually fell in love with the cover alone; this book barely needed a summary & hook to get me reading a ...more
The book came out june 15th and I really recommend this book.
Look at that another review. I'm on a roll today. Wohohoooo!!!!
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 gi ...more
Title: Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale
Series: Seasons of the Sword #1
Author: David Kudler
Overall Rating: 3.7 stars
When I saw this book, this cover, on Netgalley as Read Now, I grabbed it almost immediately. In my head, I was picturing some kind of Japanese Mulan going on.
I love Japan, I love learning about Japan and it's culture, and this book is a really interesting read. Squirrel, or Risuko, is our main and she seems like a p ...more
Turns out, I’m crazy about this story of not an apprentice samurai but, a “kunoichi” in training. Google it.
I love discovering not just new books but altogether new genres on Goodreads. Usually it’s via friend recommendations or the magical Goodreads recommend ...more
DAMN! DAVID KUDLER, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME! I ALREADY WANT THE SECOND BOOK!
I really liked this book! From the beginning to the end! The concept, the world, the writing style, everything!
But one thing was missing and it was the plot. And i guess that i why i gave this book 4 stars. I mean i was reading this book not knowing what we were seeking?!
The first half of the book's pace was slow but then it got better an ...more
This book is available as Read Now on NetGalley.
When I saw this book on NetGalley, I just knew I had to pick it up! The synopsis is what won me over and I love the cover.
This book was an excellent introduction to the series, it was very entertaining. Risuko is sold from her family, not out of spite, but for Risuko’s own good. Along the way, Risuko learns about the politics in her country, and there are hints of the war to come.
Risuko focuses on the journey of the pr ...more
Aside from exquisite cover, I actually love most of the characters, both M&F. Not only are they interesting, but they also fall into grey-area characters. Which means, they aren't thoroughly portrayed as Good nor Bad. It's p ...more
Overall I give this a 3.6 stars.
I enjoyed the concept (though I do feel it has been done before)
The writing and storytelling felt like I was being treated like a child; I know this is middle grade so I can't complain but the book did not feel like it was for me. With other middle grade books anyone can read it, here i ...more
A Kunoichi Tale
by David Kudler
Stillpoint Digital Press
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Middle Grade, Teens & YA
Pub Date 15 Jun 2016
I was given a copy of Risuko through the publisher and their partnership with netgalley in exchange for my honest review:
Totomi Japan, 1570 AD
Everyone puts their hope in Risuko her family is in disgrace but all Risuko wants to do is climb trees. Her family believes she can be a special female warrior and urge her to fight for ...more
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He recently published Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, a young-adult historical adventure novel set in sixteenth century Japan, and is hard at work on the sequel, Bright Eyes.
Since 1999, he has overse ...more
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