Legend of the Tengu Prince by Ledia Runnels

Synopsis from the author, Ledia Runnel’s blog:

A fantasy action/adventure set in feudal Japan. During a time of civil war, the life of Karasu Hinata, son of a warlord, is shattered when a neighboring clan attacks his family castle. Karasu’s parents are murdered while he is spirited away to live with a clan of warrior priests. But ten years later, the demon crow that haunts his nightmares is more than a bad dream. It wants him dead.

Extended description

During a time of civil war, Karasu Hinata is born the son of a powerful warlord. He has parents who adore him and the respect his clan until one night when a rival clan attacks his family castle, murdering everyone who does not manage to escape, including Karasu’s own parents, who are murdered right before his eyes. Barely escaping with his life, he is spirited away by the king of the tengu. The shape-shifting raven leads him to the hidden mountain retreat of a sect of mystic warriors, mountain priests who practice the magic of Shugendo.

Ten years have passed. The time has come for Karasu to leave the mystic’s protective lair and face his demons in the world beyond. But the fiend that shattered his life and now haunts his nightmares is not human and neither is Karasu Hinata, at least, not completely human. More than a bad dream, the creature wants Karasu dead.

In Legend of the Tengu Prince, nothing is as it seems. Shape-shifting creatures, both good and evil, populate the magical world of feudal Japan. And a young man could pay the ultimate price for a deadly rival spawned in the mists of time. This riveting first volume of an epic fantasy adventure will leave you stunned and begging for more…

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