Saturday 29 June 2013

Kojiki Book Review

Author: Keith Yatsuhashi
Date of Publication: April 17, 2013 (Kindle)
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Pages: 354
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Paperback or Kindle: Kindle

Fiery Fantasy Thoughts

Keiko Yamada is an 18 year old girl, whose father dies suddenly. Her life is turned upside down when she tries to fulfil her father's dying wish of going to Japan to 'Find the Gate. My camera will show you the way'.

Armed with a one way ticket to Japan and an unintelligible death poem about powerful Japanese spirits and their gigantic, beast-like Guardians, she travels, alone and afraid to Tokyo where she experiences her father's death poem come to life.

Ancient spirits invade the city, causing chaos with every minute they are free and Keiko realises why this burden has been inflicted on her...

I am a big fan of Anime and any book that makes me feel like I'm watching an Anime movie...well it gets the immediate thumbs up from me!

The mythical / historical tone of the book is great which really sets this apart from many books I have read recently and the fantasy element, along with the very good description skills help me understand Keiko's pain and dilemma, along with feeling entertained with each turn of the page.

Keiko and Yui (Keiko's guide) are the main characters of this book but I liked how the sub characters also had distinctive parts, so we got to know a lot more, rather than just focusing on the main two.

I liked that Keiko and Yui are very differently as the contrast made it more believable. Keiko is not as experienced in Japanese history about this type of mythology as she has lived in American and embraced their Western lifestyle. Yui is completely different as she has grown up being trained to eventually take on the "The Weakening" (This is an event which would summon the return of a once-great spirit, who went insane and wants to destroy the world).

All these plans were set in motion before Keiko was born but when she decided to fulfil her father's wish, both she and Yui become part of the battle in Tokyo as she encounters "The Weakening" herself.

Now, although I enjoyed that the book did give focus to the sub characters, I did feel at times that the flashbacks and the introduction to these new characters did throw me a little and sometimes I was left wondering, ‘was that section really needed as I didn’t understand if some parts actually added to the main plot, however, that being said, I did enjoy this book as I found the author had really done his research on Japanese mythology and I would be looking forward to reading more of his work.

I would give this 4 out of 5 wings for originality, the Japanese mythology, the strong characters and the good description skills as I actually felt like I was in the story but I had to take off 1 point as although I enjoyed the wide range characters, it did get to a point where I was a little overwhelmed with them. Also there are Japanese words in the book without meanings which threw me a little.

Disclaimer: This book was given to Fiery Fantasy Book Reviews as a review copy and was provided to us in exchange for a fair and honest review. There was no monetary exchange for this review. The free book held no determination on our personal review.

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