|Fudoki (2003) [Novel]|
by Kij Johnson
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Fudoki is the tale of a being who starts her journey on the kami, or spirit road, as a humble - if ever a being such as a Cat can be humble - small tortoiseshell feline. She has seen her family destroyed by a fire that decimated most of the Imperial city. This loss renders her taleless, the only one left alive to pass on such stories as The Cat Born the Year the Star Fell, the Cat with a Litter of Ten, the Fire-Tailed Cat. Without her fudoki-self and soul and home and shrine-she cannot keep the power of her clan together. And she cannot join another fudoki because, although she might be able to win a place within another clan, to do so would mean that she would cease to be herself.
So a small cat begins an extraordinary journey. Along the way she will attract the attention of old and ancient powers, including gods who are curious about this creature newly come to Japan's shores, and who choose to give the tortoiseshell a human shape.
And who set her on a new kami road, where Kagaya-hime will have to choose a way to find what happiness she can.
Original title: Fudoki
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Saga, Myth, and Legend
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Historical