A B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Award-winning author Blue Spruell reimagines classic Japanese folklore in an historical fantasy adventure of warlords, swords, and mythical beasts from old Japan - for adults young and old - Banzai! Lost in the mists of Mount Fuji...but no one can escape destiny...
Orphaned by a rival warlord and bewitched by a ghost, young Taro must discover his birthright and destiny as the legendary boy samurai and hero of Japan. Accompanied by Tanuki, his shape-shifting badger sidekick, Taro embarks on a quest of self-discovery and revenge, falls for Kamehime, the teenage samurai daughter of a powerful warlord, and ultimately becomes embroiled in the political struggle for the imperial throne. Along the way, Taro and his allies face fearsome yokai, the ghosts, goblins, and ghouls of Japanese folklore.
“Engaging and fun samurai adventures with a captivating cast.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“An exciting, magical coming-of-age adventure book that draws creatively from Japanese folklore and history.” (Book Life by Publishers Weekly)
"A riveting tale of betrayal, honor, and revenge that instantly hooks you in and just refuses to let go." (Readers’ Favorite, five-star review)