Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler [Review]

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Kano Murasaki is given the nickname Risuko (squirrel) because she likes to climb trees, roofs, and other high places. One day while she was up in a tree, she gets called down by a strange lady named Chiyome passing through her home province and tells her that she needs to come with her because Risuko’s mother sold her to the lady. She then travels to a secluded place called Full Moon together with other kids where they train to be Kunoichi, a special kind of woman.

The whole story is really engaging. The author used the vague concept of the Kunoichi to create a plot that had a specific vision. The Kunoichi are found scattered all over history. Essentially, they are trained female ninjas who followed orders from warlord Takeda Shingen.

The characters showed great promise. They had the right amount of mystery and venom that gives readers mixed feeling about them. Their actions make you either root for them or suspect them of something sinister and this shows an incredible display of character molding because it certainly adds thrill to the story. The mystery inside the Full Moon keeps you on edge and even though the suspicions were not as strong as I hoped they would be, it still delivered a provocative reveal.

This book kicks off the series with a very promising female lead and I hope to see more action from Risuko and the others.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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