By- Keith Yatsuhashi
Published- April 19th, 2013
Published by- Musa Publishing
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.
The Earth itself is at stake, and as Keiko fights to save it, strange, dormant abilities stir within her. She suspects they are vital to her world’s survival, but to summon them, she must first unlock the mysteries within herself and a past shrouded in mystery.
Before I jump to Keith's top ten I want to take a moment and say, wow what a cover this book has! It's simply awesome. Without further ado I present:
Keith Yatsuhashi's Top Ten Books Ever:
(In no particular order)
The Wheel of Time Series (14 books, so I’m cheating), Robert Jordan with Brandon Sanderson
Harry Potter (ditto), JK Rowling
Shogun, James Clavell
The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson (yes, really!)
I have to agree with most of your choices, I love, love, love The Wheel Of Time Series, and confess I too like Calvin and Hobbes. Thanks for sharing with us, maybe somebody will find a new book or series to enjoy within your list.
**Kj's Review**Keiko traveled to Japan for her father, what she found was an adventure on an extreme scale. Turns out all those things you think are just legend may well have some truth to them. Together with Yui, once her tour guide, soon to be known as a spirit, Keiko will attempt to save the world. As she starts to take it all in she realizes that there is power inside her and she needs it to awaken so that she can fulfill her destiny.
In all honesty this is an epic journey of a book, it takes your imagination to those places you have always wanted to go, but needed help to get there. As I read my mind said: dragons, spirits and guardians oh my!! I love this book, I loved the scenery, everything about it. Thanks to Keith Yatsuhashi for writing such a tale of wonder and imagination, sewed together with pieces of history and legends, I enjoyed the ride.
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—Caitlin, Jeffrey, and Justin.