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The Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono
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Apr 09, 09

bookshelves: fantasy
Recommended for: people who loved the anime, fantasy fans
Read in March, 2009

** spoiler alert ** SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY SEEN THE ANIME.
Having seen the anime (which ends abruptly) I was very very interested to read the translation of the original novels (and find out what happens after the anime left off). This series of 7 can be described as a "political fantasy" with emphasis on the political. The fantasy elements, while wildly creative and interesting, are simply a background to stories about politics and kingship in several of the 12 Kingdoms. This volume tells the story of Yoko and her slow and painful (and often quite gorey) ascent to the Kingship of Kei.

The anime happily lifts a great deal directly from the book but differs completely with the addition of two characters from Yoko's original world which the anime shows as coming over with her. One character is only mentioned in passing the in the book (and does not come over) and the other is not in the book at all.

This book takes you up to where Yoko rescues Keiki from the false king and no futher. So if you've seen the anime, nothing past Keiki's rescue is in this book.

Overall the book was wonderful and I moved on immediately to the next in the series.
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