Risuko

  • by David Kudler
  • Narrated by Julia Kudler
  • 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Can one girl win a war?
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 possible have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fun story

Interesting and kept my attention from beginning to end. Enjoyed the characters and plot. Felt well rounded and rich. Only complaint was the narration, didn't care for the accents or narration. But still recommend

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- Amazon Customer

Fun book that feels like a companion novle

-Story-
Risuko follows our protagonist of the same as she is bought and taken to a new life where she is trained for.....something. Honestly the book has a lot going for it. The characters are pretty well fleshed out, and as a side note it was actually pretty refreshing to have a character not get along with someone the entire book instead of becoming "besties" at the end of book. The plot moves a bit slow at first but injects just enough action to perk it back up and keep the listener interested. The only real drawback is that as the plot moves forward and it becomes clear what is going on in the bigger picture of the world the book just sort of ends. I suppose that this is just the setup for the next book to come in and pick up where it left off but there is no real cliffhanger aside from wanting to know what happens to the characters as time moves on. One other thing I wanted to point out that I personally found annoying was the random use of Japanese words in the story. At some points Risuko says mother, other times Okaa-san, which is just mother in Japanese. The same for her father. I can understand why you would use things like -chan and -sama as there aren't really perfect replacers for those in English, but it just felt a bit needless and like the writer was trying to make things feel more "Japanese".

-Narrator-
I am split with Julia Kudler on weather I like her narration or not. She is clear in her wording but her cadence as she reads has odd pauses in some spots, and none in others. This is more so in the beginning of the book so she gets better as it goes on. That aside she dose do a wonderful job of brining life into the protagonist. Aside from that I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out why the cook, a Korean, got the Scottish accent. I mean the book dose say he has a distinctive voice and speech pattern, and in that aspect he dose stick out as very identifiable......but why Scottish? Are we implying the Koreans are the Scots of Asia.....That actually makes me chuckle when I consider it so that's what I like to stick with even if it is just an odd choice.

-TL;DR-
the book itself is pretty good though it stops a bit short of a fulfilling narrative, probably leaving you wanting more in the sequel. Fun characters and decent narration make for an enjoyable listen.

-Obligatory disclaimer-
I received this book for free in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
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- Jared

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2017
  • Publisher: Stillpoint Digital Audio