Jason Rohan: The Sword of Kuromori series

When he was sixteen, Jason blagged his way into Marvel Comics in New York and landed a gig as an intern, during which time he made his first professional sale – a Captain America story that his editor bought either through pity or to stop him pestering. He went on to become a staff writer.

Later, Jason went to Japan for five years where he taught English. He also travelled extensively, swimming with sharks off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, wrestling a camel in the deserts of Rajasthan in northern India, and climbing to the top of Mount Fuji three times. Finally, he returned to the UK and now lives in West London with his wife and five children. Even he doesn’t know how he finds time to write, but the third  book in The Sword of Kuromori series is due out in 2016.

In 2014, Jason held workshops at 10 Hillingdon Borough Libraries as part of the “Mythical Mazes” summer reading challenge (for which Sword of Kuromori was a recommended title). In these workshops, and at YA Shot, he draws  upon his experiences at Marvel and as an English teacher in Tokyo to help bring Japanese culture to life for children, talking about Japanese writing and origami, as well as the comics-making process. Find Jason on Twitter @JasonRohan1 and on Facebook.

The Sword of Kuromori

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 The Shield of Kuromorimust 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.

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