by Keith Yatsuhashi

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ISBN-13: 9780857666154
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,246,164
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Keith is inspired equally by The Lord of the Rings and Toho’s Godzilla movies. Kojiki is his first novel.

He is Director of the US Department of Commerce Export Assistance Centre in Providence, Rhode Island. A long time ago, in a world far, far away, Keith was a champion figure skater.

Keith lives in Massachusetts with his wife of twenty years and three kids.

You can find Keith online at his website:kmyatsuhashi.wordpress.com and on Twitter @keithyatsuhashi.

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Kojiki 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Tink1113 More than 1 year ago
I had my reservations about this book in the beginning and thought I'm not going to be able to get in to this story I probably won't even like it I thought to myself. I could not have been more wrong! I couldn't put it down. As a matter of fact I am re-reading it right now to see what I may have missed the first time. The elements in this story just took my breath away. Every scene is so well described that you can picture it all as it plays right out in front of you off every page. Without being overdone KeithYatsuhashi did an amazing job with the characters as well. You couldn't help but love them. Just like every adventure story you have your good guys and at least one villain and there is no shortage of that in this story you quickly get a glimpse of both good and bad in here you just have to learn who really is the good guy and who the true villain is come on you didn't expect me to tell you who they are and spoil the thrill ride for you did you?Kojiki holds so many layers to it. I was just blown away by the detail and time given to this story to make it so that every reader had just enough room to let your imagination flow through to make the story your own as it plays out. I so enjoyed the characters Keiko is such a wonderful character that gets thrown into a world she doesn't understand all while she is trying to still grieve the loss of her beloved father. Yui Akiko takes the world by storm and helps Keiko try to figure all of this stuff out. Yui has her own way of doing things though and rather than slowly introducing things slowly she is left to give Keiko  a crash course of what she needs to know. As Keiko learns what must be done to save the world from the evil that lurks to destroy it she must also figure out what this all has to do with her and why her father's dying wish was for her to go Japan and discover a gate and herself. Kojiki was a thrill ride right from the beginning that you barely have time to catch your breath before you are off again with a bang! I can't believe how much I enjoyed this story! I would highly recommend Kojiki to anyone who wants a high paced action packed grab you by the seat of your pants adventure.  5/5 
JaniceSmith More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I found it difficult to set side. Great story. Awesome tension. I highly recommend it to other readers.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Keith Yatsuhashi’s Kojiki introduces Keiko Yamada, who is searching for a particular ‘gate’ described by her late father through a cryptic message and a death poem. When she thinks she finally discovers what she’s looking for, chaos erupts and an ancient malevolent god, Vissyus, appears. The only ones that can stop him are the other gods and their guardians. Keiko not only learns about primordial conflicts between the gods, but also the truth about her lineage and her significant role in saving the world. A large portion of the story is set in Japan, along with other locations such as Miami and Nepal. Being a fan of Japanese anime and with my basic understanding of the language, I eased through the Japanese phrases that are appropriately sparse on every page in Kojiki. However, the phrases are easy to understand without directly know their meaning, as Yatsuhashi’s prose upholds the golden rule of writing – show, don’t tell. Yatsuhashi also does a commendable job of adding depth to the characters, and the multifaceted plot gives the story a firm degree of maturity. I gravitated toward Keiko and Yui Akiko, the young god of Light and Spirit, although the other cast members are equally impressive and well-crafted. That said, despite the straightforward and detail-rich prose, I struggled a bit in imagining the battle scenes. Some are effortless to visualize, others make me wish for a few illustrations.  Overall, Kojiki is immensely enjoyable. All my favorite elements are at play – Japanese culture, fantasy, ancient gods, dragon guardians and strong female protagonists. There’s no indication about a sequel, yet I hope there’s a continuation to the story, particularly one that revolves around Yui and Keiko’s friendship.
Felicia-Tatum More than 1 year ago
This was an action packed story with adventure and self discovery. I enjoyed the multiple story lines within the book, though at times it did get confusing. I enjoy books about Gods and Goddesses of the elements, so this was a nice surprise. I didn't realize this book involved those. Keiko didn't seem to be grieving as much as I would expect a teen to right after losing her father, but I suppose that could be because of heritage and the power within her. The Japanese words did through me a bit, because, well, I don't know Japanese. I think a dictionary or reference or something included would be a great addition. Overall, I enjoyed this book and kept finding myself going back to it when I told myself to stop reading for the night. 
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
“Kojiki” is, in my opinion, quite a visual story, and would be just as suited if turned into a movie. The author wrote vidi descriptions that allowed me to picture whatever was going on clearly enough—and there was a lot going on. You may not like the story as much as I did if you’re not into action-packed plots; if you are, though, then go ahead. The story may be more geared toward a younger audience, or at least one who is familiar with anime and some of their most popular themes, such as battles between spirits to save the world. However, there’s no dumbing-down here, as it also deals with deeper themes (treason, lost love, trust issues, being torn between saving or killing a friend…). I appreciate when books go that road, and don’t remain stuck to surface feelings and plots, the way things too often are in such works. There are a couple of things here I’m not too sure about. For instance, Keiko is quickly thrown into the action—she doesn’t spend a third of the book looking for the gate, or getting into the swing of things; part of me was glad about that, while another part thought it may have been a little too abrupt. There are also several characters and points of view to follow; this isn’t a problem for me, but, again, I found those just a tad bit heavy to get into at first (which means that readers who are less familiar than I am with POV switches might have a harder time here). Another thing that may detract readers is the use of Japanese language. Someone like me, who speaks just enough of it to understand the (quite basic) vocabulary and sentence structures used here, won’t feel lost; on the other hand, I can imagine that someone who doesn’t speak the language may not always guess what those words are about (sometimes the context or dialogue provides an explanation… and sometimes not). On the other hand, I think the whole mythology unfolding in the book should be easy to understand: spirits linked to elements (water, air, nature, earth…), fighting with their guardians (lesser spirits tied to the same elements) to prevent the world from being destroyed. Pretty basic at first sight, except that what could have been your good old black and white morality undergoes a few twists here. While the battle is fought above Japan, the spirits involved aren’t only Japanese, and hint at different cultures—in other words, they’re not anchored in one time and one place, and truly represent something bigger and older than that. At the same time, much like in legends, those spirits have to contend with their personalities and feelings, and aren’t mere concepts: in that regard, they feel like real people, and have depths as characters (which isn’t so easy to achieve when you’re dealing with what are basically Gods). Perhaps the only character I didn’t really get was Lon-Shan; maybe he would have deserved more screen time? My conclusion: get this book if you’re at ease with 3rd person narration with several points of view, enjoy vivid descriptions of scenes and battles, want to get a clear visual of what’s happpening, and enjoy diving into plots that involve powerful beings who nevertheless have to deal with human-like problems. If you’re into anime on top of it, you’ll likely enjoy it even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago