The Twelve Kingdoms, Volume 2: Sea of Wind

by Fuyumi Ono | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 1598169475 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 2/17/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, February 17, 2012
I've been watching the anime adaptation of this light-novel series and enjoying it very much, and after reading a copy of this book from the library I decided to buy one for BookCrossing. Got this good-condition ex-library hardcover from Better World Books.

Later: Very enjoyable story here! While it is enhanced if you've read the previous book and have a better idea of how the 12 Kingdoms operate, this book includes enough background information to get on with, and I really enjoyed the ups and downs.

This book opens with a young boy standing outside in the snow, sent there by his grandmother as punishment for refusing to admit to a minor household accident. And just as my sympathy for him and outrage against his family are reaching a peak, he finds himself drawn to a narrow gap from which an arm is beckoning, and where a warm breeze is blowing...

Then we switch from Japan to a sacred place in the Twelve Kingdoms, where we see the birth of a lamia whose fate it is to tend the new kirin-fruit that will hatch her charge, Taiki. But something goes terribly wrong, and the egg is blown away just before its time to hatch, into another world. Since the Twelve Kingdoms rely on having a kirin for each kingdom, to select the proper king, this leaves the kingdom of Tai in dire straits, and poor Sansi is quite distracted. Ten years pass before her charge is located and returned; will he be able to learn the duties of a kirin after spending all that time as a human child in a different world?

Taiki's challenges are many, and while he accepts his new situation fairly easily - for one thing, he finds himself the object of much pampering by the now-ecstatic Sansi, and by everyone else on the island - he begins to realize that he's lonely, and, worse, that he has no idea how to go about the duties of his station. Another kirin is brought in to talk to him, but Keiki is a rather daunting figure, not at all used to speaking with young children, and unable to explain how to use his kirin powers. All his reassurances that these things will come in time, that Taiki will know what to do when he needs to, these don't help the boy much. And when the crowds of people begin to arrive, hoping that he'll choose one of them as the next king of Tai, he gets increasingly upset - so important a task, but he doesn't know how to recognize the king.

His relationships with his devoted handmaid Sansi, with the well-intentioned but impatient Keiki, and with the candidates Ryusi, a woman who is a general in the provincial army of Tai, and Gyoso, of the palace guard, thoroughly charmed me, and I got quite caught up in worrying just who was supposed to be king and whether Taiki would figure it out in time.

Eventually, Taiki's fear of losing one of his new friends causes him to follow in desperation - and to choose a king, though he's in an agony of fear because he's quite certain that he's chosen for the wrong reasons, and may doom the country. Poor little kirin! His friends - including kirin Keiki and Enki - rally to his aid, but he goes through some tough times here.

There's a lot more to the story, from attempts to force Taiki to choose a particular candidate to a hunt for a demon servant/familiar, and with tidbits about the political problems in the kingdom that can only be dealt with once a king is in place. But the focus of this story is Taiki, and a charming tale it is!

[There's an extensive TV Tropes page on the series, including the differences between the original books and the anime, but beware of spoilers.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, December 09, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (12/9/2013 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm putting this book in the Asian-themed bookbox, which will be on its way to its first stop soon. [See the forum post for mailing order.] Hope someone enjoys it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, January 06, 2014
Inside the convex mirror,

life curves into all new
kinds of problems.

Journal Entry 4 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (6/24/2014 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

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This book has landed itself smack dab in the middle of a pile of manga/graphic novel book trading! :D

I have let the fuse and off it goes, to land soundly on her house. With any luck, it'll go right through the window! This is war lady!! :D :D :D

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Woohoo! I got home from a day-trip to the Harbor Islands on this hot summer day to find a Big Box O' Books! (I'm glad to have this one back in hand, as I wanted to offer it to my niece next time I visit.) Many thanks!

Released 5 yrs ago (7/14/2014 UTC) at New Hampshire geocache (see notes for details) in -- Geocaches, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

The niece passed on this one, so I released it into the book-themed Literary Divas geocache behind the Londonderry library at around 2; hope the finder enjoys it!

Journal Entry 7 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, June 09, 2015
I saw a notice that the geocache I'd left the book in had suffered some water damage, so I stopped by to see if any of my BC books were still there. This one was completely soaked, but I'll see if it responds to careful treatment so that it can go traveling again.

Journal Entry 8 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Benson Park in Hudson, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (6/25/2015 UTC) at Little Free Library, Benson Park in Hudson, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

The book dried out fairly well; it's not pretty, but it's still readable. I plan to leave it in the Little Free Library in Benson Park at around 4; hope the finder enjoys it!

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