Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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Author Spotlight: Uprising, The Rose Warriors by Craig Kimber


In a small village over the mountains surrounding Kyoto, the villagers prepare for an annual tradition. All seems to go well until the village is stormed and all the inhabitants are taken prisoner, except one. Simple village girl, Osei, finds herself alone in the misty mountains on her way to the city. A run in with a near death experience brings her to Kilik, an extremely powerful samurai who vows to keep her safe. Their ventures pull them both into a war beyond imagination, and Osei finds herself gradually transforming into something that she grew up to fear...a samurai.


“Hurry,” I said, quickening my pace. “It looks like they have already started!”
“Shit!” Kota yelped, dashing towards the crowd. We rushed to the courtyard where the villagers had gathered and at the front stood Grand Master Zhuge. He was an elder man though his height was not affected by his age, as he was considerably taller than most of the other villagers. The white of his robe clashed with the silver of his stubble and he bore a scar that ran across his cheek. He held his hands up and the air fell silent, then he eased his hands down and began to speak.
“Welcome to all of you who gather tonight,” he called to the crowd. “The spirit of the mountains watches over every one of us and keeps us safe from harm, and I for one am truly grateful. The White Tiger is one of five spirits who grace us with their presence and four are yet to be discovered. We know little of these other spirits but we do know they watch over us just as the Tiger does. The legend says that the spirit can sense evil, and he does not allow it to pass through. This is why we all stand together today in our little peaceful village, because fate has smiled upon us and given us a guardian. I ask anyone to come forward and share their stories of the mountains.”

About Craig Kimber:

Start of Career: I started writing as a hobby at the beginning of February 2011, and my love for samurai stories led me to begin writing "The Rose Warriors: Uprising." Originally named "The Five Rose Warriors," its main influence was the video game, "Way of the Samurai." When playing the game I found that a single samurai building a faction to take down a vast empire was simply exhilarating, so I decided that I need to make that my aim. The story started as a simple village girl learning to be a samurai, but the idea just wasn't special enough. I asked myself "What will make this book different to every other book I have read?" So I did some research and I found that there were hardly any stories written about the historic fall of the samurai, which the movie "The Last Samurai (Tom Cruise)" is revolved around.
After the first four chapters I let my friend read it, and I was told it was the best story he had ever read. I passed it around to get some further opinions, and I was asked every time "What happens next?" with the upmost enthusiasm. I thought up some ideas for how to make the story different to every other samurai rebellion story, so I called upon another genre passion, fantasy. I took the end of the samurai era, and transformed it into a war filled with magic and supernatural beings.
I spent every single night coming up with ideas of how to make it better and all I could think about while living life was the story, and it was from that moment I discovered my calling was to make a living of my newfound passion. More ideas for stories started to fill my head and began to make plans for future novels, including the sequel to "Uprising," "Revival."