Twelve Kingdoms - Paperback Edition Volume 4: Skies of Dawn

by Fuyumi Ono | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1427802602 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/25/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the anime based on this light-novel series, and when I saw that this volume was available in English, I had to order it. It continues the saga of Japanese high-schooler Yoko as she learns she's the new ruler of Kei, one of the Twelve Kingdoms. [This book can be read on its own; the back story's filled in enough for that, though if you can find the earlier volumes it'll add depth to the story.]

This book introduces two other young female characters, each of whom will have a powerful effect on Yoko - and vice versa. We meet Suzu, a young Japanese girl who falls into the Twelve Kingdoms and becomes a much-put-upon servant to a cruel mistress - who makes her immortal so she can serve forever. Yeah. Then there's Shoukei, the pampered daughter of a cruel and dishonorable king; when her parents are executed by rebels, she's permitted to live but only as a lowly servant in a remote village. Both girls find ways to leave their desperate circumstances, hoping to meet Yoko, king of Kei, having heard that she's a girl of their own ages - but Yoko's left her palace in order to learn more about the land she now rules, since she's had serious problems getting her ministers to cooperate with her and fears her own judgement.

The book ranges from complex political plots to touching, sometimes tragic, sometimes awesome personal relationships - friendships, family, newfound loyal supporters in unexpected places... I was delighted to see Rakusun again, the shapeshifter who's usually in the form of a five-foot-tall mouse but sometimes takes human form. He's a scholar now, thanks to Yoko, but finds himself helping the other girls when their paths cross.

Yoko herself has a lot of learning to do, and once she realizes that the people she'd chosen to believe when she first took the throne had motives of their own, she digs in and looks for the truth behind the words - and the deeds. Great story!

Previous volumes:

The Twelve Kingdoms Vol. 1: Sea of Shadow
The Twelve Kingdoms Vol. 2: Sea of Wind
The Twelve Kingdoms Vol. 3: The Vast Spread of the Seas

[There's an extensive TV Tropes page on the series and the anime, with some entertaining tidbits.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (12/19/2017 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm adding this book to imawinn2’s Magical Mystical bookbox, which will be on its way to its next stop soon. Enjoy!

*** Released for the 2017 TV Series release challenge. ***

Journal Entry 3 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, April 12, 2018
This book was in my Box Full of Magical, Mystical Stories and Dangerous Beasties bookbox. Thanks for sending it my way.

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