The Sacred Stone
This is David Kim’s first novel. It was written over a span of two years and completed when he was 12 years old in the 7th grade. From that, you can infer that David is an unusual young man. Besides writing, he’s found time to excel at his studies, take part in the U.S national Science Olympiad, learn to play three musical instruments, participate in basketball, earn a black belt in Taekwondo, and be elected president of his school.
After visiting Japan, David was attracted to the art and culture of the country’s rich history. The mythology, food, architecture, Shinto religion, and the establishment of a feudal government captivated him. Visiting a museum in Japan helped with ongoing narrative writing. He did extensive research on the rise of the warrior class in ancient Japan. He turned the inquiry into a captivating story of a young boy who changes from a child to a man in order to save his hometown of Wanokyu. His story takes place back in time to before the Edo period, where the protagonist discovers a startling past and realizes his capability to change the future.
Kiyoshi Yukimura lives alone with his mother in Wanokyu, a desolate place without any other humans. On a superstitious day, he is about to have his life changed permanently when a dark, unnatural force threatens to take away everything from him. In order to restore the fading balance in the natural world, Kiyoshi must venture into the unknown and save the Shinto religion from collapsing. He fatefully meets his father, who he has not seen since he was a young child. In order to retaliate, they must join forces against the primitive spirits in another realm. As Kiyoshi ventures deeper into his journey, he discovers the startling reality of his past, deeply intertwined with the ‘Prophecy.’ According to legend, the Sacred Stone is fabled for the immense power it channels, and the mythical God of Destruction needs the stone to follow through with an unknown plan. In order to defeat the entity that threatens his own existence, sacrifices in all aspects are needed. The history of Kiyoshi’s hometown is lost in darkness, and the future is uncertain. Now Kiyoshi is faced with a life-changing question—which is more important, the past or the future?