Over the last few years, there’s been an onslaught of new books like Percy Jackson but focusing on the mythology of various cultures written by authors from those very same cultures. It’s a trend I absolutely love, and the latest was Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind by Misa Sugiura. This Japanese-inspired story is filled with action, friendship and plenty of emotion.
Momo Arashima has just turned 12, and she’s at the bottom of the popularity list at school. She’s always seen things she shouldn’t and is made fun of because of it. But one day, she’s attacked and discovers that her Mum is a Shinto goddess and is dying. To save her life, Momo will have to close the path to Yomi and stop danger from taking over the world. Fortunately, she’s not alone and has a talking fox called Niko, and her former best friend, Danny, to help.
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I’m so glad we’re getting more mythology-based books that aren’t just Grecio-Roman legends. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but something like Kaikeyi just grabbed my interest immediately. I don’t know much about Hinduism, it’s been a long time since I studied it in primary school. So I went into this book without knowing how this story would go. But I really am glad that I finally got to read this book. I was sent an early paperback copy of this thanks to Nazia from Orbit. If you’re in the UK? You should preorder now! And dear American readers, you can already grab yourself a copy of this.
Kaikeyi is the only daughter of her kingdom, and because of that, her only use is that of a bride. She’s ignored by the gods, but as her father banishes her mother, she realises she has power she’d never heard of before. She uses it to help herself at home and to make a name for herself as she leaves her kingdom to marry. Kaikeyi becomes a warrior queen, a diplomat and a champion for women even as the gods’ rage at her for things she has yet to do.
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