Toru: Wayfarer Returns (Sakura Steam)

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A Japan that might have been...Revolutionary young samurai take on the West in this alternate history steampunk technofantasy set in 1850s samurai-era Japan.

In Japan of 1852, the peace imposed by the Tokugawa Shoguns has lasted 250 years. Peace has turned to stagnation, however, as the commoners grow impoverished and their lords restless. Swords rust. Martial values decay. Foreign barbarians circle the island nation’s closed borders like vultures, growing ever more demanding.  

Tōru, a shipwrecked young fisherman rescued by American traders and taken to America, defies the Shogun’s ban on returning to Japan, determined to save his homeland from foreign invasion. Can he rouse his countrymen in time? Or will the cruel Shogun carry out his vow to execute all who set foot in Japan after traveling abroad? Armed only with his will, a few books, dirigible plans and dangerous ideas, Tōru must transform the Emperor’s realm before the Black Ships come. 

Tōru: Wayfarer Returns is the first book in the Sakura Steam Series, an alternate history of the tumultuous period from the opening of Japan in 1853 to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. This volume covers the year prior to the American Commodore Perry’s arrival in Japan and follows the hero and his young allies as they lead Japan through a massively compressed industrial revolution, dramatically altering that pivotal moment in history.

While Tōru and his dirigibles are fictional, the story unfolds against the backdrop of the "real" Japan of that period, with historical figures and their political environment woven into the tale, staying true to their motivations and agendas even as the alternate history warps their actions, history and a few laws of physics. Underpinning the adventure plot is a young man's yearning for his father's approval and an honorable place in his world.

Readers who enjoy steampunk alternate histories more typically set in Victorian England or the American Wild West may enjoy this steampunk story made fresh by the Japanese samurai setting, as well as readers who enjoy historical fiction set in Japan. 

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A page-turning adventurous romp through a history that might have been... Tōru: Wayfarer Returns, the first volume of Stephanie Sorensen's Sakura Steam series, kicks off an alternate history of the tumultuous period from the opening of Japan in 1853 to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. This volume covers the year prior to the American Commodore Perry's arrival in Japan and follows the hero and his allies as they defy the Shogun and lead Japan through a massively compressed industrial revolution.
A few scholars trace the twin tragedies of Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor back to the humiliation suffered by Japan at Perry's hands in 1853. While that may be an extreme view, the author explores in the Sakura Steam Series the question of "what would Japan's path--and the world's--have been if the Japanese had possessed the military might and will to drive Perry away instead of opening under duress as they did?"

While Sorensen's heroes and their steampunk dirigibles are fictional, she builds her rollicking adventure and cultural rich tale against the backdrop of the "real" historical Japan of that period, weaving historical figures into her story, staying true to their motivations and agendas even while warping their actions, history and a few laws of physics. 

Underpinning the adventure plot is a young man's yearning for his father's approval and an honorable place in the world. A tender love story, a rowdy collection of allies and emerging steampunk technology complete the mix as Tōru fights to transform Japan's conservative society at the end of the Tokugawa sakoku isolation period.* * * * Stephanie R. Sorensen is a writer based in the Victorian mining town of Leadville, Colorado, where she lives at 10,000 feet with her husband, five chickens, two bantam English game hens and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She likes her Victorian attire spiced with a little neo-Victorian futurism and the biggest bustle possible.

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A nation encircled by enemies

A noblewoman with everything to lose

A fisherman with everything to prove and a nation to save
In Japan of 1852, the peace imposed by the Tokugawa Shoguns has lasted250 years. Peace has turned to stagnation, however, as the commoners growimpoverished and their lords restless. Swords rust. Martial valuesdecay. Foreign barbarians circle the island nation's closed borders likevultures, growing ever more demanding.  

Tōru, a shipwrecked young fisherman rescued by American traders andtaken to America, defies the Shogun's ban on returning to Japan, determined tosave his homeland from foreign invasion. Can he rouse his countrymen intime? Or will the cruel Shogun carry out his vow to execute all who setfoot in Japan after traveling abroad? Armed only with his will, a fewbooks, dirigible plans and dangerous ideas, Tōru must transform the Emperor'srealm before the Black Ships come. 

A SAKURA STEAM SERIES NOVEL

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