- File Size: 5976 KB
- Print Length: 88 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (January 29, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 29, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078YZY5YM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story follows the young woman Chiasa who is part of the Ibuki shrine, those gifted people who can heal with using their breath, who can take away pain but not give any life back.
The novella is full of events and the twist later in the story, when Chiasa’s life is in danger was a great mix. I loved how the story was build, right from the start there was the meeting of Chiase and Namika, a priestess from the seseragi shrine, who rule over the power of water.
The plot was full of suspense, but between the two young women there is a certain kind of bond, they feel attracted to each other even if it’s not that visible in the book, the underlining feelings were there.
The book follows Chiasa’s POV but in third person, the thoughts, the fears and the daily events are from her experience and most of the time Namika is as much as a secret to the reader as to Chiasa.
I liked how the magical part was woven into the storyline, how it was a normal thing to live with the power, how it was balanced and used for good by the several shrines, the supernatural abilities had their own uniqueness and is based on the element’s nature.
The story isn’t – as it is because of its length – overly detailed but enough to become an overview of the way the people live, the way how the society is structured and what it means to be a priestess and to have an Emperor as the ruler. It may contain a few inaccuracies but I didn’t see overly wrong aspects and with the magical touch of the story there are some bends in the display of realism right from the start. In fact the descriptions of the setting was pleasant and gave the needed insight without being to overwhelming while reading.
I was pretty entertained by this story, the novella had a great twist in its storyline, the events were captivating and Chiasa and Namika had a good chemistry. Their short intimate scenes are hot, very explicit and you wish to see more of them. The scenes are also full of sweetness and you can see there’s a bond between the girls.
Did I wish the book was longer? For sure, because it was a promising display of how this plot could be dealt with in a longer book, and maybe we reader get another story within this world or with the two women.
For now the book had a few flaws, though I was overall pretty entertained therefore I can without doubt recommend it. If you love magical, fantasy stories set in ancient Japan, with charming heroines you should pick this book up. 4 out of 5 stars for it.
Review originally posted on my blog with added content Mikku-chan / A world full of words