I close out my Kojiki preview at the edge of its climactic battle. Enjoy. Tweet it. Share. And by all means, check out the book next Friday.
Yui knelt on the tatami mats of her father’s study, Matsuda’s staff cradled in her hands. She came back to the room shortly after Vissyus reappeared, watching as long as she could before emotion overcame her. Tears still spilled from her eyes. Tokyo was as much her home as this castle. It was part of her, and now it burned. Why did her father have to take so much from its people in order to save them? Maybe surviving would be enough for them.
It wasn’t for her.
Her Searching transported her to the heart of the city. Shinjuku’s proud skyscrapers were a pile of ash, Tokyo Tower now little more than twisted metal. She ghosted down Chuo Dori. Ginza Station had disappeared beneath a toppled building. The intersection where she’d lost Keiko was a tangle of melted wire, soot, and shattered neon tubes. The acrid scent of charred wood and chemical fires blended with the coppery tang of blood. Their monks did their best, but she never expected them to save everyone. Her father tried to hide that from her, and now she understood why.
She felt their Spirits—lifetimes and memories forever lost to the world. A battle wasn’t some game; she understood that now. The ruined city was proof enough for her. So much destruction with so little effort. What would happen when Vissyus unleashed his full power?
Shivering, she hugged Matsuda’s staff and lowered her head. Where was his strength when she needed it?
Kojiki is out April 19 on ebook. You can pre-order it now directly from MusaPublishing.com. Coming next Friday to Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble and other e-book sellers.