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Brave Story [Kindle Edition]

Miyuki Miyabe , Alexander O. Smith
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Winner of the Batchelder Award!

Young Wataru flees his messed-up life to navigate the magical world of Vision, a land filled with creatures both fierce and friendly. His ultimate destination is the Tower of Destiny where a goddess of fate awaits. Only when he has finished his journey and collected five elusive gemstones will he possess the Demon's Bane--the key that will grant him his most heartfelt wish...the wish to bring his family back together again!

About the author:
Miyuki Miyabe's first novel was published in 1987. Since that time, she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's 2007 novel Brave Story won The Batchelder Award for a children's book in translation from the American Library Association. In addition to her fantasies for young adults, Miyabe has written several crime novels for adult readers, the most recent of which to be translated into English is The Devil's Whisper. Also available from Haikasoru is her next fantasy, The Book of Heroes.

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About the Author

Miyuki Miyabe was born in Tokyo in 1960. A best-selling author in Japan best known for her mystery and suspense novels, Miyabe has had three books translated into English: All She Was Worth, Shadow Family and Crossfire.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1408 KB
  • Print Length: 824 pages
  • Publisher: Haikasoru/VIZ Media (December 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GXB46G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Novel October 7, 2007
A boy, whose family is in crisis, sets out on a journey into a fantastical world in order to change his destiny. Actually, there is a lot more to the book than this.

The lead character, Wataru, faces many different kinds of struggles. In addition to combating magical statues and demons, he also faces real psychological and moral dilemmas. Faced with two, complex worlds, Wataru frequently struggles to decide what is right and how he should proceed. It is easy to empathize with characters on both sides of many of this book's conflicts. As such, this complex book really makes you think.

In this book, there are both fantastical elements and real-world elements. This is what makes the book so remarkable. In fact, the first couple hundred pages of this weighty tome (the book itself is over 800 pages long) are set in the real world and deal primarily with Wataru's domestic crises as his family begins to fall apart. The first chunk of the book does have strong, very-important fantasy themes, but these are used largely for the benefit of telling Wataru's domestic story.

And then, once Wataru does enter and remain in the fantasy world, his real-world problems continue to plague him. The fantasy world, Vision, resembles the real world in many important respects.

In the beginning of the book, the fantasy world bleeds into the real world. In the rest of the book, the real world bleeds into the fantasy world.

I'm sure I'm making the book sound too dry. For most of the book, I was on the edge of my seat, racing through pages, seeing and experiencing the adventures Wataru faces. My heart was racing as Wataru barely survived his encounters with demons, magical statues, and the worshipers of the old God.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding August 25, 2007
By R
This is a book that turned out to be a little different from my expectations. Judging from the cover, the book appears to almost be a children's story, or much lighter in tone. Unlike the book jacket, the first 200 pages of the book have almost nothing to do with the fantasy world of Vision... it is mostly grounded in the real world, where Waturu goes through daily life in modern Japan: days of school, times with his friend, and the collapse of his family and his parent's impending divorce.

This story struck me as an instant classic. I found it to be deeply moving; at times quite dark, yet also uplifting and inspiring. The characters are quite memorable, and you want to embrace them all. One of the things I found the most thought provoking is that all of the characters-- even the ones that do terrible things and could be considered the villains-- do things for reasons that can be readily understood and even sympathized with. When Wataru's parents talk of divorce, you can see how painful and touchy a subject it is, and why both sides want what they do. Neither side is completely right, neither side is completely wrong. The motivations and approaches of Wataru and Mitsuru are polar opposites, yet you sympatize with both.

This is a moving book, and has a deep undercurrent of complicated emotions. A very enjoyable read that I found very difficult to put down. I am very happy that I bought this book in hardcover, as I look forward to reading it again and again. An instant favorite.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal read August 30, 2007
A very deceptive book that initially comes across as a typical 'save the magical world' novel but is actually far, far deeper and has incredible character development and emotional explanation. The characters, desite their fantastic background, appealed to my own emotions as they go through happy and sad times very similar to real life. A must-read to anyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars remarkable!! Don't hesitate to buy this book!! December 30, 2007
My obsession with Brave story actually came to me at a convention. I was watching fan-made music videos based on animated films, and Brave Story the movie was one used. I was captivated by it, and so searched for the film. My search, inevitably, lead me to this mammoth tome.
It took me ages to get past the first two hundred pages or so. The reason for this is, well, because it was very slow... you follow Wataru, and you see the world as he sees it. There are no hints to any mishaps or unhappiness in his life. He's a normal kid, with normal issues.
It's when his life falls apart that it hits you... you realize that, like Wataru himself, you've been tricked into thinking everything was safe. You feel his frustration when no one tells him what's going on; you want to punch his dad square in the face for saying the things he says. Essentially, during that slow and uneventful 200 pages, you've BECOME Wataru. And you feel his pain as your own.
After that, you're thrust into a world of magic and wonder. It doesn't take long to see that Vision reflects Wataru's inner turmoil. The depth of this book aside, the characters are remarkable. You love them all, even those who are Wataru's antagonists.
The cover gives this book an air of simplicity, but I assure you, it's not a novel dumbed down for children to read.
For those of you who love fantasy... who enjoyed Harry potter, and Lord of the Rings, and any number of fantastical tales, this book is beautiful. I have yet to finish it, but I'm in no hurry! I want to prolong the adventure for as much as I can, because I know when I'm finished, I'll find myself missing Wataru, Meena, and Kee Keema terribly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun (but daunting) adventure
A good story. Not sure if it was the translation or just the differences in culture, but I felt that it could have trimmed some of the fat in it. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Dolph Kawalec
5.0 out of 5 stars A Suprisingly Good Story
Fist, let me say that this book is VERY long-winded! It takes forever to get through, and was kind of a struggle for me to finish. After I finished it, I was glad I stuck with it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LoboAngel86
5.0 out of 5 stars a great introduction into Japanese fiction
This book has the best, most consistent pacing I've seen in a long time. The English language used is perfect in that the idioms and visualizations shine through rather than become... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve Rousseau
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave Story
Brave Story is a long read, but worth every minute. It’s the sort of book that has such beautiful and detailed language that I just want to bask in the flow of words — you know,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jessica Y
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fantasy read - like a video game
I would probably give this 3.5-4 stars. It was good - especially the end - but it was long and it took a while to get through it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Story Bro
The story is slow to the start for me but it really picks up half-way through the book.

As far as the quality of the book, it was in perfect condition when it came to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Angela Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave story
This is
the best book I have ever read it starts out real slow and gains torrential momentum to where you don't want to put it down.
Published 13 months ago by Luke andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars This has become my new favorite book.
It's fantastic. I'm impressed with Ms. Miyabe's ability to totally engross the reader in her story. There were a few times that I had to make myself put the book down because there... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amanda Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
This is my third time reading this book and it still amazes me how beautifully written it is! I love the characters and how with a little imagination it feels like you're reading... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lisa Kim Nguyen
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful tale for older children, teens, and even adults
Shelved with "young adult" books and its protagonist an 11 year old Japanese boy, this dark fantasy novel is a coming-of-age story that can be interpreted on different levels by... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Susan Porjes
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