Risuko discovers that waking up in a war zone can lead to surprises. (Author David Kudler says, “One of my favorite chapters!”)
A rumble woke us all the next morning. It sounded like a peal of distant thunder. But Mieko and Kuniko were already on their feet before I could sit up and wipe the sleep from my eyes.
“What is it?” I asked Emi, who was rubbing her eyes next to me. “It’s awfully cold for thunder and lightening, isn’t it? And it doesn’t feel like an earthquake….”
Emi shook her head and scowled. We both listened carefully as we pulled on our clothes—mine still slightly damp from the night before, smelling faintly of stale soy sauce and burnt rice.
Another low rumble shook the morning silence. From where I had been sleeping near the kitchen, I could see a grey, thin light leaking beneath the outer kitchen door.
We began to fold away our bedding with a sense of uncertain urgency. I was about to ask again what that rumble might have been, when a new sound broke the silence and explained everything. It was a sharp, high crack. Musket fire. And not very far away, from the sound of it.
There were three rooms downstairs besides the dining room and kitchen, but the two closest to the front door were both closed off. The doors were edged with black soot. Lady Chiyome had the Little Brothers carry her chest to the rear room.
It’s just that, like Terry Pratchett’s wonderful protagonist Tiffany Aching, I have a well-developed respect for depths.
It’s funny, then, that I’ve written a book on climbing — a book about a young girl who loves nothing more than being as high up in the air as she can be. How did that happen? Continue reading On climbing and Risuko→
We’ve posted the list of the major characters in Risuko! Check out who’s who, find out which historical figures are part of the book, and even get a peak into who’s going to be appearing!
Risuko — Character Names
Note: In Japan, as through most of East Asia, tradition places the family name before the given name. For example, in Kano Murasaki,Risuko’s proper name, Kano is her family’s name and Murasaki her given name—what English speakers would call her first name.Continue reading Read the list of characters in Risuko!→
Thanks for helping choose a cover concept for Risuko! Now we need you to choose your favorite design
A little while ago, we asked you which cover concept you thought we should send to our designer. Thanks so much for the great response! We went with the winner, and shared that, along with a lot of other information, with BookFly, who are putting the cover together for us.
They sent us a mock-up over the weekend, and we’d love to know whether you prefer the original concept or the new design!
Which of these two covers makes you want to read the book more?*
We know you may like both or neither — but go with your gut, and help us choose the best cover design!