Seasons of the Sword Book 4 Title Reveal

Since Kano, the third Seasons of the Sword book, comes out in less than two weeks, it’s time for the title reveal for the fourth book!

Kano includes the first chapter of the concluding novel in Risuko’s adventures. It follows her as she, Emi, and Toumi accompany a spoiled young noblewoman to her wedding. What should be a simple assignment—get the bride to the wedding, make sure she’s properly dressed—is anything but.

Because someone wants the lady dead.

After Risuko, Bright Eyes, and Kano, we are excited to reveal that the title of book 4 is…

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Not an April Fool: Dummy Copies of Kano Shipped

Wish it were an April Fool

Look what I got in the mail last week!

Boy, wasn’t I surprised, since I’m still working with the editors on the final draft! I mean, it would have been great if it had actually been the final text, but the inside looked like this: Continue reading Not an April Fool: Dummy Copies of Kano Shipped

Kano — Ask the Author!

Questions about Seasons of the Sword #3?

Ask the Author Anything!

Kano: A Kunoichi Talethe third book in the Seasons of the Sword series, is almost here!

We hope you’re as excited as we are. In fact, author David Kudler would love to answer any questions about the book or the series you may have. Make predictions about what you think will happen — and what won’t! David may even be willing to give you some hints about what’s to come… but no spoilers. 😉

Comment with your questions or predictions, and David will respond.

Spring is here!

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the vernal equinox today, the first day of spring.

Happy Spring!

In celebration of the new season (since we are all about the seasons here at Seasons of the Sword), we’ve updated our site header: Continue reading Spring is here!

Shōgun Returns

Have you been watching the new miniseries Shōgun? I’d love to discuss it with you!

Based on the 1975 novel by James Clavell, Shōgun follows John Blackthorne, an English ship’s pilot (anjin) who finds himself shipwrecked in Japan in 1600 — some 30 years after my Seasons of the Sword books. The empire is in the endgame of the century-and-a-half-long series of civil wars. Blackthorne finds himself both a pawn and a player in a deadly game that will lead to the birth of a new Japan.

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Meeting the Queen Bee (Kano sneak preview)

Here’s another peak at Kano, book 3 in Seasons of the Sword (coming April 30, 2024).

Risuko and her friends have finally reached the capital. In this scene, they’re headed to an evening at the theater with Masugu’s older sister Yamamoto Yaeko. They’re there to meet an important new character: Lord Oda’s young half-sister, Lady Hachihime.

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Meeting the Queen Bee

The theater was in a building that looked as if it had been a temple at some point. Over the wide doors, in gold leaf so faded and flaking that it was barely legible, a legend read, The blessed hear about the Buddha of Infinite Light and call him to mind again and again in the Pure Land.

Richly dressed men and women flowed through the entrance, but just to the side a tiny lady in a bright furisode [a long-sleeved kimono traditionally worn by unmarried women] was berating the leader of a small group of armed men. “No, Kuroi, I won’t have you coming into the theater with me like a bunch of sharks and scaring everyone away.” When the man just grunted, she looked over to us. “Look! There’s Lady Yamamoto and some friends. They don’t need guards. Who’s going to attack me in the theater, silly man?”

The soldier tried to object, but the young woman turned her back on him and strode away toward us, daffodil-bedecked fan sweeping negligently before her. “Yaeko!” she called. “How lovely to see you! Who are these lovely ladies?”

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New Year, New Historical Fiction Giveaway!

Start your new year off the proper way

With a trip to the past!

Adventure, romance, espionage, fantasy, and more — set in periods from ancient Rome to the English Regency to the American West to the Japan of samurai and battling warlords. Two dozen bestselling authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available for a limited time only! Continue reading New Year, New Historical Fiction Giveaway!

Kano Cover Poll

Help us choose the final cover for Kano

and enter for a chance to win your choice of any item from the store!

We’re still looking for input in our Kano Cover Poll. We’d love your feedback on the best cover for the third title in the award-winning Seasons of the Sword series.

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New Kano Release Date

Please note the new Kano release date!

I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful beginning to 2024. Last year was a challenging one for so many of us in so many ways; here’s to a better, brighter new year — preferably one with lots of great books! Continue reading New Kano Release Date

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