The world will move on without you
unless you give it a reason to stop
It’s 2032, and the world has new gladiators. The fighters in the United Federation of Mixed Fighting keep audiences entertained with brutal bouts of uninhibited violence. Each year at the annual culmination of the tournament, competitors fight to the death in the DOME.
Chicago teen Kirin Rise didn’t begin martial arts for the power or the glory. She fights for her family, her friends, and her city.
Kirin Rise: The Cast of Shadows details Kirin’s first experience with the fighting style she would grow to love and embody, Wing Chun Gung Fu. As a young Korean American teenager dealing with the harsh realities of racism and sexism, she’s drawn to a martial art that uses her opponent’s own aggression and power against him.
In this new young adult adventure, author and experienced martial artist Ed Cruz gives you a new heroine to root for. Under the tutelage of her teacher, Sifu, Kirin learns the rigorous mind-set and practice of Wing Chun Gung Fu, the only martial art style invented by a woman.
Kirin knows that she can serve as an inspiration to the people of Chicago, but powerful enemies will do anything to stop her from winning her next big fight.
Wing Chun Gung Fu martial artist Kirin Rise took dystopian Chicago by storm in her debut adventure, Kirin Rise: The Cast of Shadows. Now she’s back for a whole new set of trials. Kirin is determined to bring hope in the midst of a bleak reality. Her recent victory in the Dome has attracted the attention of the most powerful man in the UFMF.
It is now 2033, and Kirin’s victory has given her global celebrity status. She can’t go anywhere without being mobbed by adoring fans. Kirin is happy that she has connected with the public but also wary of her newfound fame. It can turn on her in an instant.
People are looking for anything to distract them from the deteriorating conditions in America. Through their disillusions, the UFMF has become the largest corporation in the world. The head of the UFMF is busy perfecting a super-soldier serum that goes beyond ignoring pain.
At the same time, Kirin struggles with her family’s opinions about her fighting career and unanswered questions about her biological parents and their deaths in North Korea. Her mentor, Sifu, is dealing with trouble and trauma of his own. Fighting comes easy to Kirin, but matters of the heart are a different story!