This book has given me some mixed feelings.
The characters, while interesting, didn’t leave much impact on my mind. Other than Keiko, who I think played the role of an anchor. She connected the characters, their life, sorted out their path, and influenced the protagonists Baiyren and Juno. Oh, I found Regan interesting. Pleasant surprise near the end.
There weren’t enough details to visualize the world of Higo. So, yes, I wasn’t satisfied there.
The plot is the winner in this story. A Prince from another planet poses as an archeology professor and falls in love with his student (ex, as she was done with that one subject when he acknowledged his feelings), a privileged kid estranged from her powerful parent. She gets involved in things beyond her imaginations while the Prince, her love interest, works on rescuing his damsel in distress. Only, here the damsel is smart and has help from Keiko, another enigma.
A heartstone that sends some thoughts into its bearer’s mind, a God in mourning, family politics rising from some unfortunate events, a war involving giant armored robotic mah-kais, the plot is fun and mostly exciting. Speculative fiction lovers who prefer the ‘hero finds his path with some assistance from pals’ will like this book.
However, I could do without the romance between Baiyren and Juno. I couldn’t feel their connection to each other or the plot. Maybe, it just me. I don’t like the usual ‘he likes me; he likes me not’ kinda romance in my hardcore fantasy/sci-fi unless it drives the plot or is written in an extraordinary manner.
The language and writing style is simple and clear.
My favorite lines from this book appears a few times.
Sometimes, the sky is red…At dawn…And at dusk.
I recommend this book for readers who like a mix of fantasy and science fiction. It’s worth a try.
I am going to check out the series starter, Kojiki. Let me know if you have read any book by this author and how did you like it.
Author and book links
Keith Yatsuhashi is the author of Kojiki series.
Keith was born in 1965 in Boston, MA. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1989 and is currently the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Keith was a competitive figure skater for ten years, winning the U.S. National Junior Dance Championships in 1984, a bronze medal in the 1983 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and a silver medal in 1984.
In addition to his love of writing, Keith enjoys many hobbies such as golf, reading, and playing football and hockey with his sons. Keith currently lives in Norfolk, MA with his wife, Kathleen and three children—Caitlin, Jeffrey, and Justin.