Coverart for item
The Resource Chronin, Volume 1, The knife at your back, Alison Wilgus

Chronin, Volume 1, The knife at your back, Alison Wilgus

Label
Chronin, Volume 1, The knife at your back
Title
Chronin
Title number
Volume 1
Title part
The knife at your back
Statement of responsibility
Alison Wilgus
Title variation
Knife at your back
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Alison Wilgus's Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back: is an action-packed, time travel adventure--first in a graphic novel duology. Her name is Mirai Yoshida. She was not born in Japan. She is not supposed to be in 1864. But, through a time-travel mishap, Mirai is stuck with no way out. Help may be found when she befriends Hatsu, a humble tea mistress harboring a dangerous secret. Yet time is running short for the entire nation, because Mirai knows that the shogunate is about to fall. Learning the way of the sword might be her only path towards survival. "Lush historical setting, deft storytelling, and an ear for sharp dialogue." -- Ethan Young, Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated author of Nanjing: The Burning City "A fascinating, intricate story." -- Tony Cliff, author of Delilah Dirk series
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • Grades 9-12 It’s the end of the feudal era in Japan, and Hatsu is looking for a bodyguard to escort her from Edo to her home in the countryside. Gentle ronin Yoshida seems like a good choice, but he has a secret. Well, make it two: Yoshida is actually a woman, Mirai, and, more important, a college student from the future studying Japanese history via time machine. Mirai, along with her classmate Kuji, have been firmly instructed not to interfere in history, but a mysterious attack has left them stranded with no choice but to muddle through. Though Wilgus’ manga-influenced black-and-white artwork can be a bit wooden, the story has a truly fascinating premise and plumbs impressive depths, particularly in Kuji and Mirai’s arguments over rebel factions during the period, which raises thoughtful questions about how ideology influences how we view history as well as the dangers of romanticizing rebellion. Deepening mysteries about Mirai and Kuji’s time travel program make for a compelling cliffhanger ending to this genre-blending series starter. -- Sarah Hunter (Reviewed 2/15/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 12, p38)
  • Wilgus’s full-length debut opens a duology with an intricate narrative worthy of its rich historical setting. In 2042, college students travel back in time to observe events firsthand. Undergrad Mirai Yoshida barely escapes alive after her research team is ambushed in 1864 Japan. Stranded, Mirai conceals her gender and disguises herself as a samurai, and Hatsu, a tea waitress with her own secrets, hires Mirai as a bodyguard. Mirai’s dangerously out of place in a country on the cusp of civil war. Their journey to visit Hatsu’s family quickly goes awry, and Mirai’s secrets unravel. Mirai’s hunt for a way home unexpectedly puts her and Hatsu directly in the path of a history that someone’s determined to change. Wilgus uses Mirai’s plight to painstakingly share facts about the time and develop the characters without slowing the action. Clever dialogue and detailed black-and-white images create an intense and moving story with plenty of heart and a mystery readers will want to solve. Agent: Eddie Schnieder, JABberwocky Literary. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/07/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 1, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10759960
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilgus, Alison
Dewey number
741.5
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Chronin
Series volume
volume 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Time travel
  • Swords
  • Japan
Label
Chronin, Volume 1, The knife at your back, Alison Wilgus
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1083178589
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780765391636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1083178589
Label
Chronin, Volume 1, The knife at your back, Alison Wilgus
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1083178589
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780765391636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1083178589

Library Locations

    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.2713021 -97.7460168
    • Milwood BranchBorrow it
      12500 Amherst Dr, Austin, TX, 78727, US
      30.4223444 -97.7161692
    • Old Quarry BranchBorrow it
      7051 Village Center Dr., Austin, TX, 78731, US
      30.3529975 -97.7551561
    • St. John BranchBorrow it
      7500 Blessing Ave., Austin, TX, 78752, US
      30.3328231 -97.6937014
Processing Feedback ...