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Samurai Rising: the epic life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner. Illustrated by Gareth Hinds. 236 p. Charlesbridge, January, 2016. 9781580895842.
Publisher synopsis: Minamoto Yoshitsune should not have been a samurai. But his story is legend in this real-life saga.
First line(s): Kyoto, 1160
Minamoto Yoshitsune's inheritance arrived early. The boy could not yet walk when his father left him a lost war, a shattered family, and a bitter enemy.
Page 56: is an illustration:
Page 55: Thousands of Minamoto warriors flowed out of the capital along the road heading southwest toward the Taira homeland. Most commoners probably stayed out of sight, since samurai had a habit of kidnapping people and forcing them to work in the army as servants. Yet despite warning from their parents, some children probably watched the parade.
I am very excited to read this. A biography of a samurai was not high on my list of interests, but I enjoy Pamela Turner's writing and Gareth Hinds' art.