Welcome to my stop on the Kojiki Blog Tour!! I am really excited to share this book with you today because this book was a lot of fun! Stick around and find out why!
By: Keith Yatsuhashi
Published: April 19th, 2013 by Musa Publishing
Word Count: 109,000
When eighteen-year-old Keiko Yamada’s father dies unexpectedly, he leaves behind a one way ticket to Japan, an unintelligible death poem about powerful Japanese spirits and their gigantic, beast-like Guardians, and the cryptic words: “Go to Japan in my place. Find the Gate. My camera will show you the way.”
Alone and afraid, Keiko travels to Tokyo, determined to fulfill her father’s dying wish. There, beneath glittering neon signs, her father’s death poem comes to life. Ancient spirits spring from the shadows. Chaos envelops the city, and as Keiko flees its burning streets, her guide, the beautiful Yui Akiko, makes a stunning confession--that she, Yui, is one of a handful of spirits left behind to defend the world against the most powerful among them: a once noble spirit now insane.
The Earth itself is at stake, and as Keiko fights to save it, strange, dormant abilities stir within her. She suspects they are vital to her world’s survival, but to summon them, she must first unlock the mysteries within herself and a past shrouded in mystery.
If ‘Kojiki’ was made into a movie, who would you cast?
Nozomi Sasaki as Keiko
Meisa Kuroki as Yui
Richard Armitage as Aeryk
Delta Goodrem as Seirin
Ken Watanabe as Takeshi
Russell Crowe as Vissyus
Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje as Roarke
Kenneth Brannagh as LonShan
David Tennant as Paitr Norwoska
*I have to say that this Dream Cast is absolutely spot on! I can definitely see each of these people as the characters in the book, especially David Tennant as Patir, perfect fit!!!
I was really excited to read Kojiki. I am a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki and when I read the synopsis for Kojiki I knew that I just had to read it. And boy am I glad that I did.
Kojiki delivered on everything that I hoped it would, great action, magic, adventure, characters, mystery, and what would certainly be mind blowing special effects if it were a movie. At least the way it played out in my mind. With the way that Keith Yatsuhasi wrote this book you can't possibly imagine yourself watching the next Hayao Miyazaki movie. If your not a fan of Anime then imagine yourself watching the next Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon! The action is absolutely mind blowing. There are so many elements in every sequence that it literally leaves you in awe. And I absolutely loved Keith Yatsuhasi's spin on elemental magic and Japanes lore.
Every aspect of Kojiki left me wanting more. The characters were great. With every character getting a spotlight in the story. Though the story was told from multiple POV's it never got confusing or strayed from the overall story. In fact the change in POV's only helped to add to the flow of the story. With every POV change we got to see a glimpse into who each of the characters were and the role they played in the complex story that Keith Yatsuhasi created. And like in every story you have characters you love, characters you hate and characters you love to hate.
From start to finish Kojiki took me on a magical ride that I would never forget. Giving me a new appreciation for the magic of dragons and the culture around us.
Keith Yatsuhashi was born in 1965 in Boston, MA. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1989 and is currently the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Keith was a competitive figure skater for ten years, winning the U.S. National Junior Dance Championships in 1984, a bronze medal in the 1983 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and a silver medal in 1984.
In addition to his love of writing, Keith enjoys many hobbies such as golf, reading, and playing football and hockey with his sons. Keith currently lives in Norfolk, MA with his wife, Kathleen and three children—Caitlin, Jeffrey, and Justin.
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Signed ARC of ‘Kojiki’ by Keith Yatsuhashi