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Tales of the Meiji Era
The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy
THE SHADOWS OF WAR is now available worldwide!
What if you were human and something else? What if you lived in Meiji-era Japan, when Westernization shook your country and rocked your society, but all you wanted was a normal human life without losing the other half of yourself?
Toki-Girl Azuki and her brother, Sparrow-Boy Shota, face continuing peril from enemies both material and supernatural in a time when anything could happen and probably did. In the midst of the phenomenal global changes brought by colonialism, imperialism and the Industrial Revolution, the Toki-Girl, the Sparrow-Boy, their dual-natured friends and of all their families fight to save their lives and both their human and non-human worlds.
NEW SIDEWAYS STORY! In 1820s China, British opium smuggling threatens the sovereignty of the Manchu Empire. Feng Meili is a Shaolin-trained assassin whose first assignment is to recover the Iron Fan -- a National Treasure with magical powers -- and kill the collaborator who stole it.
Magical realism and historical fantasy collide as Toki-Girl Azuki and Sparrow-Boy Shota
live double lives while trying to survive in the tumultuous world of Meiji-era Japan.
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Claire Youmans was immediately captivated by Japan's fascinating history and unique culture from the instant she first touched down in the Land of the Rising Sun. From her home in Tokyo, she continues to beguile with tales revealing the The Toki-Girl and The Sparrow-Boy's unparalleled blend of historical fantasy and magical realism. The series delights readers of all ages as it explores the inimitable and entrancing folklore and culture of Japan.
Follow adventures grounded in history and illuminated by folklore here and at
on Twitter @tokigirlsparrow, Instagram @tokigirlandsparrowboy and , where she sometimes shares poetry and stories of living in modern Japan.