Dynasty Codes 1:
A curse placed on a noble family in the east has unraveled the fragile dynasty codes across the world.
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-6458918-0-5
eBook ISBN: 978-0-6458918-1-2
RRP: AUD 34.99
Page count: 510
Size: 229 mm x 152 mm
Genres: Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; International; Action and Adventure; Mythological; Magic; Swords and Sorcery; Coming of age; Historical
Yoshiko, daughter of the daimyō of Hié, has inherited an ancient consuming power—the burning dragon’s spirit, Kiyohimé. After an act of betrayal collapses the world around her, Yoshiko and her mother are forced to flee their castle home. The council are hunting them down, fear and misfortune are plaguing the people of Hié, and people keep going missing, including Yoshiko’s best friend.
Gora, a jack-of-all-trades foreigner who came to Hié to hide from his past and live a new life, is recruited by Yoshiko to help the desperate noble to return to her castle home and bring peace and safety to the people. But neither of them knows who their enemy is or how to control Yoshiko’s increasing mysterious powers, and Gora must help her while watching her try to control the searing heat that threatens to release an ancient magical beast and destroy everything around her.
Are Yoshiko’s powers a blessing to help bring peace to her people, or, like Kiyohimé in the folk tales of old, is she cursed to seek vengeance and watch the world burn?
Rabia Tanveer, 5 stars, Readers' Favorite
"The story is fantastic, Sarah Kate Ishii's descriptions are vivid, and everything feels real. The background building is phenomenal, the universe creation is on-point, and the character development is off-the-charts. You can feel the heat from Yoshiko’s power and her frustration as she struggles to control it.
Origin Curse has political tension and constant action, and the mythology and folklore aspects are well-researched and adapted to the story. Yoshiko’s journey and character development grow her into a reliable person on a journey from a lost, terrified girl to a strong, determined warrior. The relationship she shares with Gora is fascinating as they push each other, keep things light when the tension is rising, and make sure you get a grand old time at every moment in the tale.
I hope the sequel to the story comes out soon."