New Treasures: Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi
I attended Keith Yatsuhashi’s reading at the World Science Fiction convention in August. He read the opening section of his debut novel Kojiki, and I found myself very intrigued. Afterwards Keith very kindly gave me his reading copy, and I brought it home to Chicago, where it quickly became a favorite here in the Black Gate offices. Angry Robot has announced that the sequel, Kokoro, will arrive early next year.
Every civilization has its myths. Only one is true.
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 fulfil 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 honour her father’s heritage and take her rightful place among the gods.
Kojiki was published in paperback by Angry Robot on August 2, 2016. It is 447 pages and priced at $7.99, or $4.99 for the digital version. The cover is by Thomas Walker. The sequel, Kokoro, will be published by Angry Robot on April 4, 2017