- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 and up
- Series: Kingdom Hearts
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Yen On (March 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316260193
- ISBN-13: 978-0316260190
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kingdom Hearts: The Novel - light novel Paperback – March 24, 2015
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About the Author
Shiro Amano is an artist and illustrator best known for his manga adaptation of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. Tetsuya Nomura is best known as the character designer for the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy video game series, as well as the head developer for the massively popular, Disney-crossover, Kingdom Hearts video game franchise. Tomoco Kanemaki is the author behind the novel adaptations of the massively popular Kingdom Hearts game franchise.
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the character's voices, imagining the battle scenes. The writing itself was a bit bland.
But I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
What made me very angry was that they left out bits and pieces.
As I got further in the book I started to wonder,
Wait, wasn't Olympus Coliseum after wonderland? Where's Cloud and Hercules?
Then of course they skipped Atlantica and Halloween town.
I guess they didn't think it would make that much of a difference because they were just "filler worlds"
But what's going to happen when they write a book about Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories?
They're not going to include Atlantic or Halloween Town or Olympus Coliseum because they aren't in Sora's memories because he never went!
What about Kingdom Hearts II? I can just imagine it "Hey Jack! Hi Ariel! Hi Herc! Oh wait I don't actually know any of you!"
What about Cloud? Sora doesn't know Cloud! Oh my god.
Okay aside from all of that. I really love how they portrayed Sora in this book.
I love how he's happy and goofy. I love how he loves Donald and Goofy, but he never forgets about Riku and Kairi. He's still loyal to them even as he forms his relationships with all the new friends he makes. He reflects on them in almost every situation.
He's the teenage goofball we all expected him to be. He eats a ton. I love his character.
This was a really good book overall and if they hadn't have forgotten those worlds I would have loved it. This is a must have for any Kingdom Hearts fan. But if you're looking for a more accurate representation I suggest you read the manga.
The main thing keeping this from a five star review is the writing of the action scenes, which are short, woefully underdeveloped, and stiff. The fights typically end in a single blow, and they easily break any immersion the rest of the novel carefully tries to set up.
This is not the best way to get into the franchise (I'd start by getting the HD collections of the games on the PS3), but as a person with a passion for both reading and gaming I really grew to love this book. I plan on getting all the English translations of the novels as they release them. If you're a fan of Square, Kingdom Hearts or Disney, try this book. You'll be glad you did!
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I recommend 100%!!