Modern San Francisco collides with ancient Japan in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy.
Junya’s grandfather is a billionaire who keeps the secret to his success hidden in a heavily guarded safe.
His mother is a martial artist who wields a razor-sharp katana—and seems to read his mind.
And a mysterious girl in a Japanese school uniform can knock him over—literally—with just a look.
What do they know that he doesn’t?
Junya’s life takes a dangerous turn on his sixteenth birthday, when someone sets out to destroy not only the family’s business empire—the one that he’s set to inherit—but Junya himself. He’s fighting for his life, and doesn’t know who to trust.
What has his family been keeping from him?
Junya’s journey takes him from the narrow streets of San Francisco to Japan, and through hidden portals to the top of the ancient Japanese Izumo Shinto shrine, to places where death and violence are a way of life. And in a mystical world he’s never imagined, he finds his true destiny.
C.R. Fladmark lives in a small, historic town in British Columbia and travels often to Japan, where he researches his novels among the ancient sites in Shimane Prefecture. This is his first novel. The sequel, The Fallen Gatekeepers, is available now!
“…starts off strong and progresses at just the right tempo. Adept world building further enhances the storyline, while skillful character development…creates intriguing, relatable characters…the clear, accessible prose ably depicts not only the various cultures of contemporary San Francisco, but also the magical hidden lands of Japan and the dangerous Mojave Desert.” - Kirkus Reviews
“…a solid mix of contemporary YA and dark fantasy, melding American and …a new mythology based on Japanese culture - a unique and rather deadly mythology.” –Netgalley review
“…big business intrigue, intense fighting scenes and a dash of Japanese mythology thrown in to give it just the right touch. The plot is fast paced… great read for intrigue and fantasy fans. Once they dive into Junya's world, they won't want to leave.” – Bookworms for Kids
“C.R. Fladmark has put a fresh spin on some classic fantasy elements, blending real-world cultures with a well-imagined parallel universe that combines elements of Eastern philosophy, spirituality, Japanese traditions, martial arts, and hot girls in school uniforms”. – Amazon.com