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Past-life Historical Novel set in 12th century Japan|
White as Bone, Red as Blood: The Fox Sorceress
Author: Cerridwen Fallingstar
Publisher: Cauldron Publications
Category: Historical Fiction Level: All
In twelfth century Japan, Seiko Fujiwara, a young woman believed to be a sorceress, is caught in a deadly conflict beteeen the Heike and the Genji, two clans battling for control of the throne. The peaceful Heian period is giving way to the rise of the Samurai; Japan trembles on the edge of a time of darkness.
Seiko's mother, priestess of Inari, the deity of abundance and sorcery, predicts that if Lord Kiyomori's daughter Tokushi, Seiko's closest friend, becomes Empress and gives birth to the next Emperor, their world will be saved.
If he lives...
It is Seiko's responsibility to make sure the prophecy comes true.
Journey with Seiko as she navigates through a world of assassins, palace intrigue, warfare and enchantments, struggling to honor her giri, her sacred destiny, while longing for the fulfillment of love.
"...an enchanting tale of a young Japanese woman coming into her power in an age of transition.
Fallingstar writes with such gentle yet skillful brushstrokes, she leaves you feeling as if you'd been gazing at an exquisite display of cherry blossom petals, softly falling where they may.
An added treat is the delicate and beautifully wrought poetry.
Where so many writers weave in clumsy verse needed to support the tale, Fallingstar's poetry enriches and enhances the text. Some of her poetry stayed with me for days...
'Lips a bridge of flowers
Over the dark abyss....
Can such a fall be risked?'
As for the love scenes, Fallingstar depicts sexuality with taste and a freshness that is uplifting as well as erotic.
The story captured me in the first pages, and I didn't want to put it down until finished... and not even then."
--Historical Novel Review
"Cerridwen Fallingstar is a writer to keep an eye on. I find myself eagerly awaiting the sequel, White As Bone, Red As Blood: The Storm God. Luckily, to tide us over are Fallingstar's previously-published books.
Very highly recommended!"
--Silver Chalice e-zine
"This is such a beautiful book. I started it and finished it in one day. I couldn’t put it down. Cerridwen Fallingstar certainly has a way with words. Her writing style and skill at storytelling are beyond description.
I highly recommend this book to all women but with the warning to be prepared to be swept away by the excellent narrative all the way to the last page. I am looking forward to the sequel White as Bone Red as Blood: The Storm God."
--Global Goddess Oracle
Dawn 'Belladonna' Thomas
"The rise of the Samurai in Japan was not a peaceful occurrence. “White as Bone, Red as Blood” is a fantasy set back in Japan of hundreds of years ago as the clans of the Heike and Genji battle each other for control of the nation. Seiko Fujiwara, a potential sorceress, may just hold the key to the salvation of her country. But fulfilling the prophecy is never an easy thing. “White as Bone, Red as Blood” is an interesting and excellent read for fantasy fans with an interest in ancient Japan."
--Midwest Book Review, Nov. 9 2009
"Exquisite and elegantly crafted, "White as Bone, Red as Blood" provides the reader with a vivid, eye-opening look into the inner workings of a vaunted ancient culture. Chronicling everything from love affairs to political intrigue to gruesome warfare to mystical enchantments, Cerridwen Fallingstar’s sweeping tale paints a fantastical, yet realistic picture of a unique culture unlike any other in the history of civilization. With superbly crafted characters and riveting action, White as Bone is sure to have readers reading and re-reading passage after passage-leaving them with indelible impressions they won’t forget.
An engaging, highly recommended offering from a promising new literary talent."
"The author, Cerridwen Fallingstar, has woven an intricate tale of treachery and love that is so realistic, it feels as if the reader is actually a living witness to the tale.
What I found most intriguing, is the fact that the author draws upon her own experiences as a shaman and time-traveler to this past life where the story of Seiko was unfolded to her. Because of this first hand view, coupled with intense research, the author was able to write the story with amazing clarity and a level of detail that held me enthralled from beginning to end. It is historical fiction at its very best, depicting a time and era in history rich with conflict and emotion."
--The Historical Novel Review
"Cerridwen Fallingstar’s second historical novel, ‘White as Blood,
Red as Bone: The Fox Sorceress’, is by far one of the best reads to
come along in a while, historic fiction or otherwise.
…the book has what any reader wants in a story: love, deceit, betrayal, murder, passion and even erotica. The ending will leave readers thirsty for the sequel, 'White as Bone, Red as Blood: The Storm God', due early next spring."
--San Francisco Book Review, October 2009
NO LESS THAN FIVE STARS
B. Davis “crazy about books” (Beautiful Northwest USA)
"This beautiful book deserves no less than 5 stars. It is so elegantly written that the reader feels an instant connection with the story and can’t let it go until the last word is read. Set in twelfth century Japan, it takes the reader into the world of royalty, war, the quest for great power, and love. It’s a tale that will not let you go.”
*****LOVED THIS BOOK
By Mizdeegz (Salt Lake City)
Dec. 24, 2009
"I was so excited to see that Cerridwen Fallingstar has this new series. I adore 'The Heart of the Fire' by her. My favorite thing about her novels is that they are based on real past life experiences, the juicy little bits history forgets or refuses to share with us about those times. Her love scenes are so real they bring tears to my eyes. You KNOW she was there, and as a person who has had similar experiences with my own past life memories, I am so thankful she has the beautiful spirit and courage to state that fact in the introduction to this book. It is inspiring…some of us KNOW in our souls how things happened, but there are things we remember that are lost forever except when they are written down by authors such as Ms. Fallingstar. Very, very enjoyable, passionate and beautiful and I loved the descriptive details, the colors, textures, scents and tastes. Obviously well researched, then with her added personal experience, so much better. I loved 'Heart of the Fire', and although 'White as Bone, Red as Blood' describes an entirely different culture, the actual writing in this novel is above and beyond that one."
*****A LOOK AT JAPAN
By Amos Lassen (Little Rock, Arkansas)
“White as Bone Red as Blood” is a passionate and elegant book that looks at the twelfth century in Japan. Told by Seiko Fujiwara, a poet and sorceress, we have a tale of love and passion, sex and secrecy and war.
Twelfth century Japan springs to life and the characters are very realistically drawn. I found this to be a wonderful read and the book was difficult to close."
Heady mix of passion and elegance
By Aanel Victoria, (USA) , Sept. 2 2009
"In this deliciously absorbing book, set in 12th century Japan, the protagonist Seiko is a young, brilliant, talented poet and healer whose uncommonly eventful life takes her from the wilds of her sorceress mother’s temple, to studies of poetry and eloquence with her erudite father, to captivity in a dangerously abusive marriage, to the height of luxury and power as a lady of the Empress’s court. It is in the Kyoto palace, as a friend and confidante of the Empress, that Seiko’s life unfolds fully – as a renowned poet, as a court healer/priestess, and also in the ways of love, passion, and romance.
12th century Japanese life comes vividly alive in Fallingstar’s writing – not in a quaint or intellectual portrayal, but as living, breathing people and events that feel so real and so yummy you feel their presence deeply and think about them long afterwards. I finished the book in a few days, missing an entire night’s sleep to complete it (yes, it’s that unputdownable) , and have since been re-reading my favorite passages.
This one-of-a-kind book is deliciously hard to describe adequately, as it takes the reader from the height of beauty and eloquence to the depths of passion and desire, from the subtle planes of love and poetry to occasional life-threatening danger and suspense -– all the while treating the reader to a fascinating distant time and culture that is alien, and yet so tangibly real and inviting."
Author's Notes: Author’s Bio
Cerridwen Fallingstar is the author of three historical novels. The first, ‘The Heart of the Fire’, set in 16th century Scotland, has sold over 20, 000 copies. Her current novel, published in August 2009 is ‘White as Bone, Red as Blood: The Fox Sorceress’, set in 12th century Japan. The sequel, ‘White as Bone, Red as Blood: The Storm God’ will be published in Spring of 2010. She is nearing completion on a book of non-fiction ‘teaching stories’ titled “Broth from the Cauldron’. A shamanic Wiccan Priestess for over 30 years, Cerridwen teaches classes in cross-cultural shamanism and offers individual counseling sessions utilizing hypnotherapy and shamanic healing techniques. She has published hundreds of articles and short stories.
Cerridwen may be contacted at:
San Geronimo, CA 94963
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, Barnes&noble.com, direct from Cerridwen Fallingstar
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