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Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale
David Kudler
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Adventure
Release Date: June 15th 2016
Stillpoint Digital Press

Summary from Goodreads:

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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Rating: ★★★1/2

(I received this book free from the Author in exchange for my honest review)

Going into the book I was excited. I love period fiction, especially when it come to the Japanese culture. Risuko was good. I was impress with the research, but, some of the dialogue wasn't well written to reflect the that specific time period. That threw me off and why this read is getting the 3.5 instead of a full 4. 

The beginning, was, to me, confusing and the flow wasn't was as smooth was I would have liked. It did pick up and so we were neck deep in a war tone era, where no one is safe. The action was thick and bloody. The fight scenes were something out of this world and I love every minute of it. 

I wasn't all that impressed with Risuko at the beginning, but she soon grew on me. What she went through at the first of this read, bork my heart. No child should be tossed aside like that. I loved her straight and bravery, she quickly adapted to her surrounding and knew she had to play the game or be worst off then before.  God she can clime, she's more like a monkey then a squirrel. 

I have mad respect for this book, and it's work your time to read it. It will take you into a unfamiliar time long past, you will be sucked into the rich world of magic, war and the will to keeping going  on when everything is agents you. Take a change on this book. 

Happy Reading.

-E.A. Walsh.

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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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