Child of Vengeance

By David Kirk, Etc
(Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 9780385536639, 321pp.)

Publication Date: March 12, 2013

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A bold and vivid historical epic of feudal Japan, based on the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto.

Japan in the late 16th century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against each other, served by aristocratic samurai bound to them by a rigid code of honor. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager living in his ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father Munisai has abandoned him for a life of service to his Lord, Shinmei. Bennosuke has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a monk who urges the boy to forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life. But Bennosuke worships his absent father, and when Munisai returns, gravely injured, Bennosuke is forced to confront truths about his family's history and his own place in it. These revelations soon guide him down the samurai's path—awash with blood, bravery, and vengeance. His journey will culminate in the epochal battle of Sekigahara—in which Bennosuke will first proclaim his name as Mushashi Miyamoto. This rich and absorbing epic explores the complexities of one young man's quest while capturing a crucial turning point in Japanese history with visceral mastery, sharp psychological insight and tremendous narrative momentum.




About the Author
David Kirk is the creator of Miss Spider, who appears in many well-loved children's books, in her own television series, and in a number of popular apps. An inventor as well as an author, David started several toy companies, including Ovicular Toyworks, and most recently, the Sunny Patch brand. He lives in King Ferry, New York, with his wife, Kathy, and their daughters, Primrose and Wisteria. They are happily surrounded by a large and well-fed army of chipmunks, squirrels, groundhogs, skunks, possums, deer, and most of all, bunnies.
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