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hero saving the day. There was a sense of interconnection with others creating the ability to take responsibility for self. The author didn't preach
at the reader but presented important human values for consideration. The subtle romance was done well. The plot moved along at a fair enough
pace. Characters in this tale were likeable . One could easily visualize the physical appearances and personalities in this wonderful tale of
change, loss, love and responsibility.
Perhaps, Karori could have had more human frailties . On occasion it felt like he was too good to be true. Even when he did justifiably lash out
there appeared second thoughts. Hunter was an exceptional long time companion for Karori. When they did admit their feelings the author
did not overplay the erotic but kept it tastefully within the storyline. The author did keep you guessing as to the outcome of our male lovers and the
kingdom itself. Yes, there were a few slow parts but it didn't pull from the story. Come to think about it, life itself moves slowly at times.
This is my first introduction to this author. I'll certainly check out some of her other works.
Real, serious character growth? - check
Romance that does not feel forced? -check
Multiple fleshed-out side characters that that actually have their own personalities? -check
Hint of mystery? -check
Awesome world-building? -check
Plot that manages to feel like realistic day-to-day stuff, yet still contains plenty of action and adventure? -check
Ending that felt like a proper ending, yet still leaves you wanting this to become a long series? -check
Overall my only complaint about this book is that the author states that they 'might' write a sequel. Change that to 'will' and I will be a very happy camper.
Kaori is the Heir to the throne of Kazure, he’s been away studying for three years when he gets a message that his father is seriously ill and he should return home. Upon arrival Kaori discovers he is too late and his father has passed, throwing Kaori into a responsibility he isn’t sure he is ready for. Kaori grabs his new position with two hands determined to prove to the Lords of the Council that he can be the High Lord they need, Kaori is thrown head long into danger as he discovers corruption and a country on the brink of war. With the aid of his assassin bodyguards Hunter and Yura, his best friend Haku and his advisor Ishaya Kaori must hold together a country on the verge of falling apart and discover the secret to summon Shinja, the sacred Beast of Kazure.
~Lies on sofa *blissed out* revelling in the pure joy of a superb fantasy~ Oh all you fantasy lovers out there are about to get a true treat when you crack open this book, you will be transported to an incredible world that has a feel of feudal Japan and incredible characters who draw you into a journey that will have you gripped from the first chapter.
Kaori is a wonderful character who doubts his ability to run a country, he’s not the strong warrior that his father was but he has other qualities that will help him if he could just have confidence in himself. We see his doubt in himself especially when in the presence of the Lords of the Council, but it doesn’t stop him from doing what he thinks is for the best. We see the growth of his character throughout the book but he doesn’t change fundamentally so he is still the beautiful naïve/sheltered man we met on the first page.
Hunter has been Kaori’s primary bodyguard for many years, his past is harsh and he lives for Kaori. We quickly learn that Hunter has feelings for Kaori that he would never act on, he knows Kaori’s responsibilities and is just happy to be close. Yura is another of Kaori’s bodyguards who becomes a friend in the short time he is with them, he offers advice even when it isn’t wanted but he is a true friend in all ways. Haku was Kaori’s childhood friend who would do anything for Kaori, but when Kaori returns their relationship is slightly strained… yeah and that’s all I’m telling you ;-) .
I loved this incredible story, the way that J.A. Jaken wrote this story was just perfect, and I fell into this story easily and didn’t put it down until I turned the last page. The setting we find ourselves in is wonderful, a very old world feel with a high lord and several lords below him taking care of the country that has been isolated for years, carriages and horses are the main transportation, and we are given rich descriptions so you can easily imagine the country of Kazure. The characters are beautifully written, with each one coming alive for you, you become immersed in their world as you take the journey with them, feeling their fear, anger, happiness and joy. The storyline is fantastic, it might be about Kaori coming into his own but we are treated to an adventure that includes giant bugs, magic, deceit, betrayal and love. The relationship that we see developing between Kaori and Hunter was exquisitely presented, there were doubts on both sides, caution was practiced with upmost care and when they finally grasped the courage to admit their feelings it was just beautiful.
I recommend this to those who adore fantasy, who love characters discovering themselves, who love getting lost in a story, who love adventure and danger going hand in hand, who love fantastic characters who you root for, and who love a romance that is slow building but long lived and incredible.
The side characters were just as enjoyable to read. Yura, Haku, Hunter, and even the children brought so much genuine emotion to the story which made it that much more enjoyable. Hunter especially was such a great character. His devotion to Kaori was so heartwarming and I loved the slow-burn romance that blooms between the two of them.
I really loved the world this book is set in and found myself completely absorbed by the plot and the characters' (specifically Kaori's) adventures and hardships. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
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The cover of this book is stunning, it catches the eye perfectly.
Firstly I must say this not my usual type of read.Read more