Seasons of the Sword

Seasons of the Sword

Can One Girl Win a War?

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Risuko....

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, The Seasons of the Sword follow her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Historical adventure fiction

Samurai, assassins, warlords... and a girl who likes to climb

Risuko - A Kunoichi Tale Bright Eyes coming May 5, 2022 Kano: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword #3) is now scheduled for release on April 30, 2024.

Risuko

Seasons of the Sword #1

Winter

Can One Girl Win a War?

Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, a fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan — or may destroy it.

Bright Eyes

Seasons of the Sword #2

Spring

Can One Girl Stop a Killer?

Two armies have invaded Lady Chiyome's school for shrine maidens (and assassins). Someone kills a Takeda lieutenant, staging it to look like suicide. Can Risuko figure out who would do such thing?

Kano

Seasons of the Sword #3

Summer

Can One Girl Save a Nation?

Through raging battles and deadly court intrigue, Risuko must follow a path narrower and less stable than any pine branch. And the consequences should she fail are sharp and hard as rocks below.

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Kunoichi Companion Tales

David Kudler, author of Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, is releasing the Kunoichi Companion Tales, a series of prequels to his teen historical novel novel series, Seasons of the sword. These stories introduce characters and themes from the Seasons of the Sword novels, and are currently available exclusively to Risuko subscribers. To read the stories for free, subscribe now.

Kunoichi Companion Tales
Kunoichi Companion Tales introduce characters and themes from the Seasons of the Sword novels, and are currently available exclusively to Risuko subscribers, along with news, blog posts, and other exclusive gifts!

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Kunoichi Companion Tales

This series of short stories, set before and between the novels of the Seasons of the Sword series, is available exclusively to our subscribers and to our Kickstarter supporters.

There are at least nine planned stories, each exploring the origins of Lady Chiyome's army of "dangerous flowers":

Kunoichi Companion Tales

  1. White Robes — Mired in her own grief, Lady Mochizuki Chiyome encounters two young women who give her a whole new, much more interesting opportunity (now available!)
  2. Silk & Service — A young Takeda warrior meets a servant who is much more than she seems (now available!)
  3. Waiting for Kuniko coverWaiting for Kuniko — Mieko is waiting at a rendezvous behind enemy lines. In the rain. Without a hat. The person who comes up the road is the last person she expected to encounter.
  4. Wild Mushrooms — A Hōjō commander is delighted when two pretty young shrine maidens enter his camp on the evening before a battle. Perhaps he shouldn’t have been. (now available!)
  5. Ghost — At a banquet to celebrate a new alliance, Chiyome contemplates murder, and discovers a new servant (now available!)
  6. Schools for Talented Youngsters: Monthly Headmistresses’ Dinner — Three unique ladies get together once a month to share the joys and challenges involved teaching young ladies with very particular… talents. (Historical fantasy/crossover — now available!)
  7. Shining Boy — Plucked off of the streets of the capital, an orphan girl tries to figure out what story she's wandered into (Coming soon!)
  8. Blade — Toumi doesn't want anyone messing with her business (Coming soon!)
  9. Little Brother — Returning to the monastery turns out to be as hard as leaving it was (Coming soon!)

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