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The Twelve Kingdoms: The Vast Spread of the Seas (The Twelve Kingdoms #3)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  713 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The worldwide bestseller with more than 7,000,000 copies in print!
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by TokyoPop (first published June 5th 1994)
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Number Three has been the most political so far. We know the Ever-King of En and his kirin Enki from the first book and this is the story of how they got started. Also, there's a whacked-out kid with a demon who just wants some human acceptance. He's a pretty big plot point, and I'm sure if I think
The Vast Spread of the Seas is the third book in the Twelve Kingdoms series, but chronologically it takes place before the first and second novel and can also be read as a stand-alone.

This time the story concerns the kingdom of En. Where book 1 was structured mostly like a standard epic quest fantasy and book 2 focused on the mythology, The Vast Spread of the Seas is very much a political fantasy. We witness the first years of Shoryu's reign and the development of his relationship with Rokuta, w
[shamelessly stealing the form of this review from Hannah]

In Short: I loved it. Mainly because of Enki, but there were many other things that made me truly enjoy this book!

[slight spoilers, nothing specific]
In Detail:

THE MAIN CHARACTERS which I roughly identify as Enki/Rokuta and Shoryu/Naotaka are depicted wonderfully. Especially Shoryu's characterization was stunningly done, slow and barely scratching at the surface of his character at times, but in the end it became an in-depth insight int
A great continuation to the series. Once again, the author gives us the story of another Kingdom. We get to return to En, which was introduced to us in the first book. We reunite with Enki and the King, Shoryu.
This book focuses on how the two met, and how the prosperous rule under them began. We also get some great personal backrounds on each. Once again the author has done a wonderful job creating characters personalities, story line, and history. This story has yet to disappoint and while its
Oh how I adore Shoryu! Probably my favorite type of character: carefree fool-cum-strategic mastermind! I just love how almost everyone was fooled by his seemingly nonchalant attitude to everything. Oh but not I! I knew Shoryu had this in the bag, of course! He's the freaking Ever-King of En, duh!

Haha jokes aside, not only is this novel a hefty bite of delicious political intrigue, (which I adore), it gives you some insight into just how Shoryu and Rokuta were able to build up the magnificent Ki
As opposed to the previous two books which were more fish-out-of-water stories (almost to a fault in the second book), this entry puts us right in the middle of things.

As a result, the story flows much better here, and I felt as though I were actually seeing events happen instead of being told about them (again, unlike in that second book).

The tone/mood here also seemed a bit darker and more serious.

The series definitely feels to be picking up at this point.

A shame that my library doesn't carry
Two worlds, two wars, and two young boys abandoned to die. Rokuta takes his place as the kirin of En, but he can never forget the war that drove his parents to abandon him. Koya is saved by a demon after his mother abandons him, but that same demon alienates him from everyone else. When the kingdom of En teeters on the bring of war, these two young men hold the power to save the country or destroy it.

This novel was the source of two arcs in the anime, which split out the two stories intertwined
Bill Johnston

While the second and this third aren't as good as the first book of Twelve Kingdoms, its still a page-turner. This book takes place 500 years before the first novel, so there aren't many characters in common, and certainly no Youko.

I will continue buying and reading these even at the lethargic pace they're released, and even though the terms "fantasy" and "series" tend to turn me off.
It was nice to read the story behind the Ever-King and Enki since in the previous books we've only seen them as rulers of the prosperous nation that En has become 400(?) years later.
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Apr 09, 2009 Verbera Rules rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the anime, fans of fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
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Third Book of the Series. Decent back story.

Fuyumi Ono has created this exciting and fantastical world of the Twelve Kingdoms. "The Vast Spread of Seas" is the third book in the series.
In the main story Rokuta, the Taiho of the kingdom of En, is captured and held prisoner by a man wanting to usurp Shoryu, king of En. The book also tells the story of how Rokuta reluctantly but eventually chooses Shoryu as the next king of En.
As with the first two books, there are 3-5 drawings scattered through t
Absolutely fabulous. Although the skinnest of the Twelve Kingdoms books by far, it packs in just as much story, perhaps because it no longer needs to explain as much of the world as in previous volumes. The focus is several hundred (at least) years prior to the first volume, concerning the affairs of the Kingdom of En, its kirin, and its king. Shoryuu and Enki are by far my most favorite characters from Twelve Kingdoms, and the author describes their lively personalities and exploits with just e ...more
Let me first say that I was glad to see some of the issues I've had with the second book addressed here in the third, mostly the infallibility of the king-choosing kirin. But even aside from that, I loved the additional worldbuilding details (insights into the working of the kingdom of En, what the ministers do etc) and most of all the characters. Enki/Rokuta and Shoryu/Naotaka are of course the ones who stand out the most and I love both their development (Rokuta's) and the insight into their c ...more
I'm a big fan o this series and the two main characters are my favorite. I'm really fond of the small kirin and the easygoing emperor. Fuyumi Ono really has a maical finger to create such a wonderfull world. I really don't mind to be swept away to that far kingdom of En.
Janni (aka Gulde)
De er lidt svære at sætte sig ind i i starten, "De 12 kongedømmer"-bøgerne altså - særligt den første del af den første er meget forvirrende. Men derefter kommer man hurtigt ind i verdensordenen (måske på nær alle rangordnerne og størrelserne, de er forvirrende) og man kommer hurtigt til at holde af den. Nu hvor jeg har nået enden af de dansk oversatte bøger (for jeg mener ikke der er flere endnu) er jeg helt trist, for så gode er mine japanske sprogkundskaber og læsekundskaber ikke at jeg kan l ...more
Another great book about the Twelve Kingdoms. This one, I think, isn't as good as the first two, but I still love it. The king and Enki make this book so much fun.
I did not think the book was that interesting at first. While I thought it was good that they were going to restore the land and stuff like that I did not think that would be very interesting to read about, but then it became interesting and exciting and I won't say more so as not to spoil it.
Awesome volumn for a unique and original fantasy series.
Jul 13, 2015 Kuris marked it as to-read
Un peu long à se mettre en route... mais arrivé à peu près à la moitié (bon il faut déjà y arriver), l'histoire s'accélère et devient vraiment très intéressante. J'ai particulièrement aimé certaines scènes de la fin.

Bon c'est vrai que j'aime bien le roi de En et Rokuta, donc le fait que ce tome soit centré sur eux ne m'a pas dérangé du tout. En contrepartie je trouve que le roi passe pour un idiot un peu trop longtemps. On sait déjà ce qu'est devenu le royaume de En, alors il ne doit pas être s
A more political book than the previous two, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Follows some of the early exploits of Enki and the Everking.

All of these books take different looks at this wonderful universe that Fuyumi Ono created, and flesh the painting out around the edges without telling a front to back narrative. Sometimes, I would probably look askance at such story telling, but it really has been working in this series.

Unfortunately, I'm approaching the last of the translated books.
Arito Sato
another great addition into the twelve kingdoms series by fuyumi ono. this one focuses on the kingdom of en and the kirin rokuta and the king shoryu. it follows rokuta as he is kidnapped by an insurgent regent and his country. rokuta goes through a great change as he realizes that a country needs a leader if it is to thrive and that just maybe the man he chose is the correct one for the job.
I loved the first two books in the series, but I wasn't so fond of this one. Too much of a focus on bureaucracy and tactics, I think. I expected to like it a great deal more since the King of En is one of my favorite characters in the anime series. Maybe the book just didn't live up to my inflated expectations. ;)
Mar 30, 2012 Christine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Readers
Shelves: mythology
As the third book in the Twelve Kingdoms, I felt it started out a bit less enjoyable than the first two books. However, throughout the book I gradually began enjoying it more and more, and it ended overall with some a couple of surprising twists and a heartwarming finish to the story.
Wickedshizuku (and her 7 Black cats)
1 page a day is all I'm allotting myself with this book, and the books that follow. They are that special to me. There are few books that have ever had the effect of bringing true tears to my eyes as the previous 2 did. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys anime and manga.
I was really looking forward to reading this one, because I'd so enjoyed Rokuta's appearances in the previous books in this series. (Yes, I do always like the cranky ones.) An entertaining read; I might watch the corresponding episodes of the anime, if it gets that far.
Erika RS
This is the third of the novels in the Twelve Kingdoms series. Like the first two, this volume overlaps with the anime. In The Vast Spread of the Sea we get to see a story of the early days Shoryu's reign. A very entertaining addition to the series.
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Kanji Name: 小野 不由美.

Fuyumi Ono (小野 不由美, Ono Fuyumi) is a Japanese novelist who is best known for writing the Twelve Kingdoms (十二国記, Juuni Kokuki) series, on which a popular anime is based. Her name after marriage is Fuyumi Uchida (内田不由美, Uchida Fuyumi), but she writes under her maiden name.

Ono was born in Nakatsu, Ōita, Kyūshū in 1960. She graduated from Ōtani University in Kyōto with a degree in B
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Other Books in the Series

The Twelve Kingdoms (7 books)
  • The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow (The Twelve Kingdoms, #1)
  • The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind (The Twelve Kingdoms, #2)
  • The Twelve Kingdoms: Skies of Dawn (The Twelve Kingdoms, #4)
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