Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler

cover80187-mediumRusiko 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. The descriptions of the fighting dance was excellent, 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.

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 no choice but to go with Lady Chiyome. She is taken to a little villa of sorts where she is being trained to become a Kunoichi – but she doesn’t know what that is. For now, the only thing she can do is to do her duties as well as she can, and hopefully train well in the process.

The story was very nice. It was light-read but still very interesting and surprising.  It was very refreshing and beautiful story.

I received this ARC from Stillpoint Digital Press and Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members Titles via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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