- Series: Kieli (novel) (Book 2)
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Yen On; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0759529302
- ISBN-13: 978-0759529304
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kieli, Vol. 2 (novel): White Wake on the Sand (Kieli (novel)) Paperback – March 23, 2010
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About the Author
Yukako Kabei is a Japanese novelist. She graduated from Gakushuin University with a degree in Business Management from the Faculty of Economics.
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That said, it feels as if this novel is guiding the reader from one place to another while adding scant details to the overall story. That's not to say that these additions are completely insignificant. Harvey gets a new arm, the reader learns a bit more about the world in which the characters live, and a new character (Julius, the wealthy young son of a high-ranking Church member) is introduced at the expense of personal favorite, the Corporal, who is disappointingly absent for the vast majority of this book. A side note: I hope Julius become something of a recurring character, not because I particularly like him much, but because Kabei spent so much time on him in this book that to never mention him again would feel somewhat wasteful. The most notable informational nuggets are centered on Kieli's mother, who I honestly was not expecting to have much of a role within the story aside from the freedom the absence of her and Kieli's father provides the heroine. It's these parts that I thought were the best within the book, while most of the rest was filler leading up to these revelations. However, none of this is until the end and only barely saves White Wake from being a very mediocre installment in the series.
I do still recommend White Wake on the Sand, if only for completion's sake and to get a clearer picture of the whole story. While it adds little to the overall plot, what it does contribute looks to be extremely significant in the later volumes.
This novel picks up right where the manga ends. The writing is rich and exciting. You can feel the emotions of it's characters and you can easily visualize the places they travel. We learn more about both Kieli and Harvey's pasts. This novel was hauntingly beautiful and kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down. I imediatly bought the third novel Kieli: Prisoners Bound for Another Planet. And even bought the first one that the manga covered and eagerly await the fourth novel due out 4/26/11
Kieli is an isolated girl in a world where everything is controlled by the Church of a God she doesn't believe in. Driving and complicating her views and life is her odd ability to see ghosts. However her world expands rapidly after she meets Harvey, one of the legendary Undying. Perfect soldiers from the last great war made from lost technology, Harvey and his ilk are of no further use to Church or State and continually hunted. Tagging along with Harvey's travels, Kieli finds their next destination is across the great ocean...
The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness was an excellent, melancholy story about two complex, compelling leads in a fascinating world. White Wake on the Sand capitalizes wonderfully on the strong start and is just as powerful and captivating. The atmosphere gets creepier and more intense here, something that I can see continuing in later books. New characters and story threads are integrated seamlessly and enhance the book without overwhelming the reader.
The author has an incredibly deft touch with rationing little details and playing with expectations. It allows for tremendous world building that's vivid and evocative while also being gradual and unobtrusive most of the time. The imagination on display in the particular's of the environment and social structure and the subtle way it's all conveyed to the reader without disrupting the narrative is just amazing.
I also adore the way the ghost story aspects are handled in this series. Important themes are touched on and the particulars of the ghost encounters always matter to both character and plot development. Another nice touch is how Kieli's confusion of ghosts and real people is sometimes used to both progress the plot and heighten suspense.
The Kieli series continues to find unique ways to explore heavy, melancholy themes in stories that are also highly entertaining. I am extremely excited about continuing along her journey with her in future volumes.