One of my favourite authors is Natsuo Kirino, a woman known as the Queen of Crime Fiction in Japan. Kirino’s stories don’t just give you crime, they give you hurt, pain and pleasure all at once. Her stories sort of just linger in your mind for days because of the beauty and brutality.
I’ve read two of Kirino’s novel: Out and Grotesque. And it’s safe to say, she is not for the faint of heart. Seriously, she can make Quentin Tarantino seem tame sometimes only that characters are actually believable.
Her latest, The Goddess Chronicle, is her rendition of Japanese mythology. Available January 3, 2013.
In a place like no other, on an island in the shape of a tear drop, two sisters are born into a family of the oracle. Kamikuu, with creamy skin and almond eyes, is admired far and wide; Namima, small but headstrong, learns to live in her sister’s shadow.
On her sixth birthday, Kamikuu is presented with a feast of sea-serpent egg soup, sashimi and salted fish, and a string of pure pearls. Kamikuu has been chosen as the next Oracle, while Namima is shocked to discover she must serve the goddess of darkness. So begins an adventure that will take Namima from her first experience of love to the darkness of the underworld. But what happens when she returns to the island for revenge? Natsuo Kirino, the queen of Japanese crime fiction, turns her hand to an exquisitely dark tale based on the Japanese myth of Izanami and Izanagi.
A fantastical, fabulous tour-de-force, it is a tale as old as the earth about ferocious love and bitter revenge.
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