I have to say, that this one turned out to be my favorite book in the series so far. Once again, I was surprised, with so many betraya FINAL RATING: ★★★★★★/★★★★★
I have to say, that this one turned out to be my favorite book in the series so far. Once again, I was surprised, with so many betrayals happening and plot twists which were great.
This is also the book where you realize that this generation of heroes is screwed. Enemy finally started thinking of better attack plans, using emotions and bonds. Demons lost in the previous 2 battles with the heroes of six flowers, but this time, they are making sure to destroy them in every ways possible, especially using mind games and creating a secret weapon that could destroy them all. ____________________________________________
Of course, this section contains spoilers for #1 and #2 book, so be careful if you haven't read them.
Nashetania appears in front of everyone, taunting them, only to activate the blades jewel she put into Chamo when they met before the awakening of Majin, thus slowly killing her. If Nashetania doesn't get out of 1km radius, Chamo will die in three hours and there will be only 6 heroes left. Once again, the heroes are thrown into chaos, and to make things worse, Goldof sudenly declares "I must save the princess." Now, the heroes don't know if he is the real Seventh, or if he is acting out of love he feels for Nashetania... And time is once again, running out. In three hours they have to find Goldof and understand if he is their enemy; either kill or capture Nashetia in order to save Chamo and face the threats of Tgurneu. The book is split into two parts - heroes POV, first part of the book, and second part is from Goldof's point of view. ____________________________________________
This section also contains spoilers #1 and #2 book, so be careful. There are also slight spoilers included, so skip if you are person who dislikes slight spoilers...
This time, central character is Goldof. Having suffered extreme betrayal, he is conflicted between his loyalty and love for Nashetania, and his duty as six flowers hero. Most of the book -actually half of it- will be from his POV, where the reader will find out more about his past, how he became commander at such a young age, and most of all, what led to Nashetania and Goldof meeting. On the other hand, Nashetania is once again cruel and manipulative woman, who will stop at nothing but achieving her goals. Once again, we are introduced to a new character, Dozzu, who is the traitor commandant of demons. He works with Nashetania in order to change the world. Meanwhile, Adlet and Fremy started developing feelings with each other, with Fremy denying the feeling of love. ____________________________________________
Once again, i'm mindblown by new twists, revelations and the plot. This author is amazing wonder-man. I love his writing, his characte FINAL RATING: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Once again, i'm mindblown by new twists, revelations and the plot. This author is amazing wonder-man. I love his writing, his characters, his story. Once again, beautiful illustrations accompany the book by Miyagi, and they were done greatly.
I say, this series is outstanding. It's interesting, but it's greatest point is the complexity of the characters. Every single one of them have displayed interesting variety of emotions, fears, and character depth in general.
You should, of course, avoid reading this part unless you read first book already. If you have, then proceed. I will still put some serious spoilers from the first book in spoiler brackets, so the newbies dont see them by accident.
After finding out who the traitor is, (view spoiler)[ that being (view spoiler)[ Nashetania, in order to change the world so Majin and humans can coexist (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)], and with Rolonia appearing, the story focus shifts on Mora, as the book is this time, mostly from her point of view. But now, once again, heroes are confused by the appearance of Rolonia, and everything starts again = instead of one, there were two traitors, one is known, and second one is, once again, among them. They are approaching deadline to Majin's revival, and they have to make sure to find out who the seventh is. Then a Kyoma appears and gives Mora the warning “You have no time.” In the meantime, Tgurneu appears, playing mind games with the heroes once again. ____________________________________________
This time, i won't write about each of them in different sections but all in one. As Adlet was cleared of suspicion in the first book, he takes on a role of leader and tries his best to solve this mystery. On the other hand, Rolonia, Saint of Fresh Blood, who has the power of healing, blood analysis and combat abilities using her improved whip, joins the group. Not to mention, she and Adlet knew each other for a while. Goldof fell into depression, and hardly speaks. Everyone else, except for Mora, acted as usual.
Mora is the focus of this book. We find out about her past, her family and friends, of the terrible circumstances that befell her, and this time, she has to make a choice that could either destroy them all, or save the world. The burden this time falls on her, and time is running out fast.
Tgurneu appears once again, once again getting fantastic ideas of how to screw with the minds of the heroes. ____________________________________________
This sequel was fast, well paced, full of action once again, and of course, full of mystery. Little teaser in the prologue will probably freak you out, because that's a very interesting way to begin the new novel. I couldn't put it down. And once again, thanks to the amazing translators! ____________________________________________
Rokka no Yuusha (Heroes of six flowers) is, without a doubt, one of my favorite series ever. There is no official translation yet, althFINAL RATING: ★★★★★★/★★★★★
Rokka no Yuusha (Heroes of six flowers) is, without a doubt, one of my favorite series ever. There is no official translation yet, although English translations by fans can be found, and they are well done and fantastic. So far, four out of five books, that are currently out, have been translated.
I couldn't help myself, so I will write a review for this, in order for this series to get more fans. Also, another thing that I should mention is that anime adaptation of these novels is currently airing, so you should check it out as well.
Illustrations are very beautiful as well! ____________________________________________
One millennium ago, a demon entity appeared. It was named Demon God (Majin) and it wanted to eradicate humans. People despaired, nations were destroyed, royal families lost. Until, one day, a Saint of Single Flower appeared. Saints are the women, and only women - without exception, who possess supernatural powers. Saint of Single flower appeared and sealed Majin. However, she warned people that the Majin will awake, and therefore, she will bestow upon 6 heroes her sign and power, no more, no less. Only six heroes will be chosen to battle Majin and its spawn, kyouma (demons), on the west peninsula, where Majin sleeps. Majin woke up 2 more times, and both times, he was successfully sealed, even though lives were lost.
In the present day, the time for Majin to awake is coming close. Heroes of all kinds have to prove themselves in the temple of the Goddess of Fate, in which she will chose the six heroes she desires. Candidates must be brave, powerful, and most of all, they must have a strong desire to defeat the Demon God.
On one of those tournaments, a self proclaimed strongest man on earth, Adlet Mayer, 18 years old, crashed in the tournament. His way of fighting was not allowed for participation, as Adlet uses dirty tricks and ninja-like fighting style. But his strong desire and ambition allowed him to be chosen as one of the heroes of the six flowers.
But, when he goes on the place where the heroes should meet, a new mystery is revealed. Instead of 6 heroes, there are 7, which is impossible. All of them wear the mark of the Saint of single flower, and yet... one of them is a traitor/imposter, and is working with kyoma to awaken Demon god.
This is a well done mystery, with fantastic characters and plot twists. It's one of the unique fantasies where focus of the story is not on love, but on figuring out who the traitor is, while being in danger from demons. The heroes have only 40 days to seal the demon god before it awakens, but they also have to be careful of the traitor that is within their midst.
♦ Adlet: Adlet is the character that is in the center of the attention in this novel. He is an ordinary human, who uses various tricks (darts, smoke bombs, explosives, traps) that help him survive and win his battles. Despite proclaiming himself as world strongest man, he is very intelligent, cunning and capable person with strong will. He knows how to survive, and people like him are dangerous. In the first book, we follow his POV the most (which is in third person), although we have other POVs of the other characters as well. Also, he is probably the one character you will later be sad about when you learn of the reason he is able to smile, even in difficult situations. How he is able to not lose his cool, despite the danger he will be thrown into. And once you read about his past, you will be able to understand why he acts the way he acts.
♦ Fremy: is a strange girl who is a Saint of Gunpowder. Except, this type of saint is unknown, as there are only 78 Saints known, and under control of Mora (another one of the chosen heroes). Her being saint of gunpowder allows her to create explosives and it allows her to make her bullets much more dangerous, thus allowing her to kill kyoma easily. She is distrustful of others, but at the same time strong and very capable fighter. She doesn't let her emotions take better of her. But, I will avoid talking about her, because her mysteries are far more interesting when read than known.
♦ Nashetania: is a princess of the kindgom Piena, as well as Saint of Blades, which gives her ability to create swords out of thin air. She is the first hero Adlet meets. Despite being a princess, her personality is different depending on the person she is with. She can be cruel and fearless, and humble and easygoing girl. Her moods switch based on her feelings.
♦ Hans: is assassin, whose way of fighting reminds of cats. He has high respect of cats, therefore speaking like them (adding cat like sounds to his sentences or attacks), moves like them, but nevertheless, he is a strong, and most dangerous hero that is present. Because of his intelligence, he is very difficult to cross, and because he loves fighting dangerous opponents, he doesn't hesitate when it comes to attacking the suspicious people.
♦ Chamo: is 14 year old Saint of Swamp,and her ability makes her very dangerous, especially to kyoma. Her twisted and sadistic personality, as well as her strength, make humans and demons easily scared. She is selfish, not a team worker, easily angered, but the only one who can "control" her is Mora, due to them knowing each other. Chamo also thinks Mora is scary, and that's one of the reasons she is willing to listen to her.
♦ Mora: is a Saint of Mountains, and head of Saints. She is knowledgable of all saints that exist in the world, except for Fremy. Her power allows her to see the terrain they are in, as well as use echoes to convey messages to other heroes, not to mention help with healing and having increased body strength. She is the oldest character (around 36) in this band of seven and is the one who will act as a leader of the heroes. Her calm and composed attitude helps, and she is the only one able to calm Chamo down.
♦ Goldof: is one of the heroes that are chosen. He is a genius fighter, despite being only 16, as well as one of the best fighters among the heroes of the six flowers. Goldof is the head of the Black Horns Knights from the country of Piena. He wears a heavy and extremely resistant black armor and wields a heavy spear in battle. He is extremely loyal to princess of Piena, and harbours feelings for her. (His story will probably make you cry in the third book, he deserves better).
♦ Tgurneu: is first of the kyoma leaders that appear in the story. Currently, there are 3 of them, but Tgurneu is the one who takes measures against heroes. Despite seeming carefree and kind, he is very cruel and horrifying enemy, which lies in order to manipulate others. He enjoys seeing humans suffer, and therefore made many ventures which were not so comfortable for humans.
If you enjoy fantastic mystery, amazing characters, strong plot and amazing plot twists, you will love this series. Even though it is dark, there is also a bit of a romance between certain characters, but not too much. The focus is on characters and the story. Each book follows at least 2 characters and their background stories, and author does this very well. Integrating the character stories into the main plotline gives much much better experience.