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- Publisher: Macarons & Tea Publishing (May 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 15, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B071P1YCB4
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This book was still pretty good but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one. I'm not sure if I was just in a different mood while reading this one or what but it seemed like Nao was way more whiny in this one and I found myself wanting to shake him more often than not. The mystery aspect of the plot could have been more compelling but I feel like it was inter-cut with too much internal monologue and that nothing really exciting happened until the very end. Also [SPOILERS] I would have liked Nao to get together with Aki, even if he was just going to be using him. And the whole thing with Kohta was kind of weird, I feel like that could have been left out entirely and it could have focused on Aki more and the plot wouldn't have been so convoluted. I don't know, I think what I liked most about the first one was the incredibly unhappy ending and everything ends pretty well here so I'm kind of like eh.
Following his determined battle to rid his beloved Kyoto from the Korean insurgents and his father's death, Nao has been named head of the Yazuko by the imprisoned actual successor, Milo. But Nao has spent several years outside of the organisation and so neither knows, nor is known, by many of it's members and doesn't know who to trust when a drug death is reported to him by the policeman, Yamada. At first, Nao is in denial, "The family does not deal drugs." But as his suspicions grow that there is a traitor who has chosen to flood Kyoto's streets with them despite the tradition, and given just five days by Yamada to find out who is responsible, Nao is forced to dodge his constant minder/protector and seek help from outside the Yazuko whilst still establishing himself in his new position. Not easy when he is both badly I in body and mind - still hurting from the loss of his two lovers, for both of whose deaths he holds himself responsible.
Amy Tasukada summons up the ugliness and exquisite beauty of a traditional way of life in Mao's beloved Kyoto. Given the somewhat worries nature of the story itself, she writes a book which is so easy to read and flows past almost like poetry. It directly follows the events in Blood Stained Tea, (another book I would wholeheartedly recommend) but it is not necessary to have read it to enjoy this book.
This book has everything: wonderfully written, exciting, touching and with a tiny peek into a culture so different from our own. Try it, buy it, read it. It is wonderful
With the net of betrayal and uncertainty spun around him, Nao is the only one to decide who to trust and who is not to be trusted but bearing the wounds of Saehyun's half-truths makes it almost impossible.
The setting of the events at the time of Obon turns the thriller into a much deeper emotional journey. The ghosts of a father who had lied to him all his life, and that of the only man he had ever loved, haunt Nao. There are some remarkable scenes with uniquely visual style related to that.
Except the plot, I also enjoyed the romantic side plot, which was its own kind of freaking hot. I really admire authors who achieve that level of sensuality no matter what the characters do (or don’t do.)
Towards the end I was on the edge of my seat, wondering whether Amy Tasukada is on her way to breaking our hearts (again) but… You'll get to know that when you read the book.
A note for those who are considering to start the Yakuza Path series now: Step into this world with caution, keep your mind open and your senses alert. There's an electrifying experience in store for you.
*I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review*
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