Books Magazine

ARC Review: Risuko (A Kunoichi Tale) by David Kudler

By Pamelascott
ARC Review: Risuko (A Kunoichi Tale) by David KudlerRISUKO: A KUNOICHI TALE BY DAVID KUDLERAUTHOR'S GOOD READS PROFILE ARC Review: Risuko (A Kunoichi Tale) by David KudlerI was given this ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. WHAT'S IT'S ABOUT 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.
STILLPOINT DIGITAL PRESS (KINDLE), EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE 15 JUNE
236 PAGES

Risuko.

OPENING

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.

WHAT I THOUGHT

Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Review: Risuko Kunoichi Tale) David Kudler

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.

My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.

Risuko is an original concept for historical YA fiction. I adored the Japanese culture and history woven throughout the book. I've read very little books that use this culture as a background so I found it very interesting. The book is well-written, interesting and the description of time and place are so vivid I felt like I was really there seeing the world with my own eyes. The author does a great job of bringing time and place to life and I can't fault this. However, mot enough time and effort is spent bringing the plot and characters to life. As much as I enjoyed the wonderful description of the setting, I found myself not caring about the characters or what happened to them. They never felt real to me. I wasn't move by anything that happened to anyone. I got swept up in the wonderful setting and descriptions and carried along but the flat characters and lack of plot was a let-down. A great book needs a combination of great setting, good plot and great characters to tick all the boxes. Unfortunately, Risuko didn't tick every box. However, I would probably read the next book in the series to see how things develop and if the characters come to life a bit more.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • 6 Ways To Be A Business Leader As Well As A Developer

    Ways Business Leader Well Developer

    Almost every entrepreneur starts their journey by developing a solution, based on their idea of a new technology or required service. These idea and developer... Read more

    The 22 April 2018 by   Martin Zwilling
    BUSINESS, CAREER
  • Salone 2018 & Milan - Impressions

    Salone 2018 Milan Impressions

    A glimpse to the atmosphere and my impressions. Central Station Milan Beautiful details Along with the centuries old architectural beauties it is also the... Read more

    The 22 April 2018 by   Trendoffice
    HOME, INTERIOR DESIGN
  • Songs from '78: "King Tut"

    Songs from '78: "King Tut"

    Yes, my focus here is on all the great pop and rock that laid foundation for my radio addiction, 40 years ago. But why not include a joke song like Steve... Read more

    The 22 April 2018 by   Russellarbenfox
    SOCIETY
  • Do i Need a Visa for Dubai?

    Do I need a visa for Dubai?. This is a question you should answer. Moving to Dubai with our detailed guide for expatriates. With years of experience in the... Read more

    The 22 April 2018 by   Dubai City Company
    CAREER
  • Indulgeo Essentials Rose Gold Oil Vs TS Cosmetics 24K Gold Elixir

    Indulgeo Essentials Rose Gold Cosmetics Elixir

    | REVIEW COMPARISON Hello my lovely people out there !!! So after a long wait, I am finally sitting down to review and compare the two most famous gold... Read more

    The 22 April 2018 by   Khadija Beauty
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • A Parable

    Parable

    Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a holiday known as Earth Day. Now, Earth Day was a poor holiday. She didn’t prostitute herself to... Read more

    The 22 April 2018 by   Steveawiggins
    POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Here We Go Again!

    Here Again!

    Despite a not-so-good garden last year (deer, bunnies, blight, and bugs,) I found myself at it again yesterday, setting out parsley and thyme, kale and... Read more

    The 22 April 2018 by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY

Magazines