Umeji Tatsuya, a big city boy from Tokyo, restarts his life in a small town after leaving the yakuza, the Japanese mob. The odds are stacked against him, but this is his only chance.
"Once yakuza, always yakuza.
The tattoos mark you for life."
Nakamura Hisako, the town’s beloved dowager, suspects Umeji’s past and has it out for him. But the former mobster just discovered her centuries-old secret.
Will he dare to protect the elderly woman who antagonizes him, even if it costs his recently regained freedom?
Either way, he must face the consequences of breaking a promise to his parole officer or the tough little old lady who is more dangerous than she appears.
In this first book of the LIMINAL CHRONICLES series, the mundane and spirit realms intermix and timelines do too. Shogun-era rivalries carry over into modern-day, and past actions carry significance into the present.
RISE is a novel of social redemption, found family, magic, myth, slow-burn side-story romance, and buried secrets that spans two timelines—modern-day Japan and the Meiji Era.