Sora’s life was full of magic–until she discovered it was all a lie. Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess. As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she’s ever known.
I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
This is my first book from the author and I really enjoyed it. What first got my attention was the fact that this story contains Japanese mythological elements. I think there are so few books about Asian mythology when it’s quite extensive and really interesting so in my opinion it’s presents a lot of potential. I also love the Japanese culture so it was just an extra plus for me. Moreover the cover is simply gorgeous. Just seeing that made me want to read the book.
Besides using Japanese culture as a base for the story there is also a fantastic ‘magical’ element created to complete it. This side of the plot is explained in an exceptionally good way that it’s impossible to not understand the mechanism of it. For me it was really easy to imagine the world and the workings of it. So we have an amazing world, an interesting and quite original plot however I like a little bit romance to the stories, too. Well there is romance here but a subtly one at that. It’s not something I usually like but in this case the storyline is so good that the amount of romance works perfectly and just enough.
I absolutely adored the characters, too. There is quite a few of them and all of them is different. Sora is a strong, stubborn and royal character. She is determined to go through with her plans and to do the right thing even when she is facing some hardship and life alerting change in her life. Chiyo is a really resilient and fearless character. She is accepting and not afraid of the unknown. She is laid back, ‘let’s do this!’ kind of a girl.
There are also Takeo and Kenji, who both are ready to take on the world to protect what they care about. The dynamics and interactions between these characters are amazing and since the good ‘teamwork’ is one of my favorite in these kinds of books I absolutely loved it.
The writing style is quite good, fresh and flows easily. The story is interesting but I’m not 100% satisfied with the ending. After fresh and new ideas the author used for the story I expected something a bit less clichéd. Otherwise I liked the book and I’m glad I read it. Thanks for the opportunity.