Kojiki by Keith Yatsuashi (reviewed by Karmin)

Book description (amazon.com)

When eighteen-year-old Keiko Yamada’s father dies unexpectedly, he leaves behind a one way ticket to Japan, an unintelligible death poem about powerful Japanese spirits and their gigantic, beast-like Guardians, and the cryptic words: “Go to Japan in my place. Find the Gate. My camera will show you the way.”

Alone and afraid, Keiko travels to Tokyo, determined to fulfill her father’s dying wish. There, beneath glittering neon signs, her father’s death poem comes to life. Ancient spirits spring from the shadows. Chaos envelops the city, and as Keiko flees its burning streets, her guide, the beautiful Yui Akiko, makes a stunning confession–that she, Yui, is one of a handful of spirits left behind to defend the world against the most powerful among them: a once noble spirit now insane. Keiko must decide if she will honor her father’s heritage and take her rightful place among the gods.


Kojiki is a fast-paced story, filled with multiple points of view and colorful characters. Gripping in just the right spots with plenty of action for this kind of story. Keiko is confused by her father’s last wish and takes off to Japan to discern his meaning, setting off events that could mean the end of our world. It’s a non-stop rush to defeat the long-awaited Lon-Shan and Vissyus. Yatsuhashi takes you on a ride filled with Spirits and Guardians, Light and Dark with plenty of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. Well written and beautifully described scenes give you the sense you are right there with the characters. I love books that throw a twist to accepted mythologies and real places, and Kojiki has done that. Yatsuhashi does a wonderful job of catching your full attention when you least expect it. I began this book thinking that it would take quite a while, at least 3 chapters, for Keiko to find the gate (and really start the story) her father sent her to find, yet half-way through the first chapter, BOOM! There it is! There’s plenty to keep you interested and I  recommend Kojiki to anime and fantasy lovers looking for something new.




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