Reader Reviewed The Sword of Kuromori by Jason Rohan

The Sword of Kuromori

Written by Jason Rohan

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May 2014 Debut of the Month Fans of Alex Rider will love the deadly adventure in which Kenny Blackwood finds himself. When Kenny sets out to visit his father in Japan, he has no idea of the excitement that is in store. The letter he is handed on the flight is mysterious enough especially when it turns out that he is the only person who can see the strange creature in the overhead locker. Once he has landed, things get very strange indeed and soon Kenny finds he is a boy with a terrifying mission to fulfil – in only 9 days!

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  • Alexander Bisland age 9 - 'This book is sooooooooooo good and despite it being long, I read it in three days! I give it 11/10.' Read full review >
  • Jack Wilson, age 11 - 'A great book and gripping read.' Read full review >
  • Liam Pickering, age 11 - 'Wow! I really enjoyed this book. It is a fantastic mix of fantasy and reality but so cleverly interwoven that the two begin to blur at times. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.' Read full review >
  • Josh Hall, age 14 - 'An awesome load of fast paced action and adventure! I found it hard to put down from start to finish!' Read full review >
  • Oliver Jefferys, age 10 - 'Altogether this book was creative, exciting and absolutely amazing. Read this book if you enjoy futuristic suspense.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'A thrilling adventure immersed in the culture and myths of Japan. I loved all of the amazing creatures and legends in the story. A fast paced, exciting read.' Read full review >
  • Rohan Delamere, age 8 - 'This is an amazing adventure story about a boy who moves between modern and ancient Japan in his quest for the Sword of Heaven. I would recommend it for boys and girls 8-12yrs old.' Read full review >
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 11 - 'A great adventure suspense type book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading...I loved all the mystical creatures in this book; they sounded so cool and amazing.' Read full review >
  • Callum Broomfield, age 10 - 'not really my cup of tea...the beginning is quite exciting but the story then becomes predictable and failed to hold my attention.' Read full review >


The Sword of Kuromori by Jason Rohan

Kenny Blackwood arrives in Tokyo to spend the summer with his father and is stunned to discover a destiny he had never dreamed of when he finds himself in the middle of a hidden war that is about to explode. Racing against an impossible deadline, Kenny must find the fabled Sword of Heaven and use it to prevent the disaster. But a host of terrifying monsters is out to destroy him, and success will come at a price. With clever, fearless, sarcastic Kiyomi at his side, Kenny must negotiate the worlds of modern and mythic Japan to find the lost sword, before it's too late.


'For lovers of action adventure, The Sword of Kuromori combines Japanese mythology with a modern setting, in which our hero and a kick-ass girl battle demons; distinguished by witty repartee and a vivid, expert knowledge of Japan and its culture.'

'Present day Tokyo provides the setting for this furiously paced and entertaining adventure story. This debut author ups the thrill content by introducing a range of mythical Japanese monsters as our hero - ably supported by a motorbike-riding female sidekick - battles to stop a catastrophe, never sure of who he can trust.'

's Books, Summer 2014 'A brilliant novel for kids about to go to Japan!'

'If you're looking for a new book that will grab a 9+ reader and not let them go until the the final page then The Sword of Kuromori should be high up on your list.'

.com 'Really interesting depiction of Japanese monsters and culture combined with two superb central characters make this a brilliant start to an exciting new series!

'A thrilling adventure immersed in the culture and myths of Japan. I loved all of the amazing creatures and legends in the story. A fast paced, exciting read.'

'Young readers familiar with Rick Riordan and Julia Golding will have no problem with a world where the young hero discovers special powers and mythological beings impinge on everyday events. The action moves swiftly helped by plenty of dialogue. There are clever touches - Japanese numerals for the chapters, and the judicious use of Japanese words in the text emphasising the world that is Kenny's new home. A useful addition to this particular genre.'

'A tale of magic and mythology intertwined, and the fast pace leaves you feeling like you are dashing through a comic book rather than a chapter book. My teens really enjoyed reading it... interesting and intriguing and different to the other spy, mystery, adventure genre that they typically read.' 'An awesome load of fast-paced action and adventure. I found it hard to put down from start to finish!

About the Author

Jason Rohan

Jason Rohan has worked as a staff writer for Marvel Comics in New York and as an English teacher in Japan, where he lived for five years. He returned to the UK and now lives in West London with his wife and five children.

bisland boys meet jason rohanReader Review panel members Alexander, age 9 and Daniel, age 7 were very excited to meet Jason when he was he was holding a workshop at their local library.

A Q&A with Jason about his novel, The Sword of Kuromori

1. How did you get the idea for this book?

2. How would you describe the book?

3. Which is your favourite character/theme in the book?

4. How long did it take you to write this book?

5. How did you do the research for it? Where did you look/go?

In addition to this, I picked up lots of books of Japanese folk tales and legends, some of which were written over a hundred years ago.

6. What other books have you written?

I have three other books languishing in a drawer waiting to see the light of the day, and a few articles in print, but The Sword of Kuromori is my first published novel.

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Book Info


336 pages
Interest Age: From 10


Jason Rohan
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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd

Publication date

8th May 2014




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