We named Keith Yatsuhashi’s Kojiki one of our most anticipated debut novels in 2016, and it lived up to the (our) hype. It’s a modern riff on an ancient Japanese novel. The Kojiki of legend tells the origins of the home islands of Japan, as well as that of the Kami, or Shinto spirits. Yatsuhashi’s update tells the story of Keiko Yamada, who travels to Japan to fulfill her father’s dying wish and encounters a world of ageless spirits made manifest, and her father’s final poem come to life. It’s a cosmic urban fantasy on the streets of modern Tokyo, with shades of Miyazaki, and it’s addictive reading.
Which is why we’re happy to celebrate the forthcoming sequel, Kokoro, with an exclusive cover reveal featuring the work of artist Thomas Walker, and courtesy of publisher Angry Robot Books. It’s an eye-catching cover fit for a killer novel—and with a promise of more ancient spirit mayhem and a giant, sentient suit of armor, this is definitely going to be a killer novel. It will be published in April 2017, and you can get a look at the full cover, just below the publisher’s blurb.
Masterfully combining fantasy, science fiction and Japanese mythology, the sequel to Kojiki takes us into the heart of a war that spreads across the worlds.
On the planet of Higo, without the guidance of the Great Spirits, its people are descending into religious civil war. Baiyren Tallaenaq, Prince of Higo, is exiled after causing the death of his mother.
Freed from his responsibilities and the looming war, he steals their greatest weapon—a giant, sentient, armored suit—and uses it to open a Portal to a world he never knew existed. A world called Earth͟…home of a magical young woman named Keiko.
Look at that [expletive deleted] colossus! We can’t wait.