Toru: Wayfarer Returns
by Stephanie R. Sorensen
A Japan that might have been…revolutionary young samurai take on the West in this alternate history steampunk technofantasy set in 1850s Japan.
In Japan of 1852, the peace imposed by the Tokugawa Shoguns has lasted 250 years, but imperialist foreigners eagerly eye Japan as their next prize. 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.