A myth more real than history. A false past obscuring the truth. As Yui Akiko crisscrosses Japan, watching for signs of the gods' return, she recalls the days before the Great Spirits' ancient imprisonment and the war that almost destroyed the world.
Keith Yatsuhashi was born in 1965 in Boston, MA. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1989 and is currently the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Keith was a competitive figure skater for ten years, winning the U.S. National Junior Dance Championships in 1984, a bronze medal in the 1983 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and a silver medal in 1984. In addition to his love of writing, Keith enjoys many hobbies such as golf, reading, and playing football and hockey with his sons. Keith currently lives in Norfolk, MA with his wife, Kathleen and three children.
Feedback like THIS makes it all worthwhile.
Here's what she had to say:
"I finished it and felt bad for wanting so much more. But there again, that's the sign of a good book, and well developed characters you feel like you know personally and want to share in their story and what happens to them down the line.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and felt my heart break when Botua died... the feeling of horror from Vissyus in his child-like state, replete with unheard of power, yet too broken to wield it properly and ending up hurting those he loves... Lon-Shan risking all for the job of a hero, all of it... and the entire thing wrapping up being this big massive thing that went totally awry that the big man didn't want his people to find out about through history, so instead... made up something more palatable and noble, so they wouldn't fear what lurked in the future. Oh, and the formation of the barrier by his own guardian, the entire thing was so epic...
I truly can't say anything that will encompass how it makes me feel to be put back into a world that delights me this much.
You didn't disappoint, but I didn't figure you would."
Torii A Kojiki Prequel
Yui didn’t understand why her father altered the story so drastically, but she’d been young then, and she hadn’t been at the battle. Silently, she recalled the names of the kami who fought there—their real names. Seirin, Queen of the Oceans and Lady of Water; Aeryk, Lord of Air; Roarke and Botua, the Earth Spirit and his Lady of Forests; and Vissyus, the insane Spirit of Fire. Each had a Guardian: Seirin had Kirak the sea serpent, Aeryk his Thunderbird. Only Vissyus had two, the twin dragons, Fiyorok and Akuan.