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Through the Last Door

(Sacred Guardian #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When Kaori Sansa’s father dies, he is forced to return home to claim the throne as the rightful heir of the country of Kazure. In the aftermath of his father’s death, he learns that the country he loves is riddled with corruption, and is hovering on the brink of war. Will he be able to hold the kingdom together despite the odds that are stacked against it, and somehow unlo ...more
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Published December 19th 2014 by White Owl Publishing
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Reviewed for MM Good Book Reviews Click link to take part in author giveaway (ends 26th December 2014)

Kaori is the Heir to the throne of Kazure, he’s been away studying for three years when he gets a message that his father is seriously ill and he should return home. Upon arrival Kaori discovers he is too late and his father has passed, throwing Kaori into a responsibility he isn’t sure he is ready for. Kaori grabs his new position with two hands determined to prove to the Lords of the C
Chris, the Dalek King
Maybe, in the end, this was the lesson Yura had been trying to teach him: Live well. Live strong. Make any sacrifice for the ones you love. Keep the promises you make. Accept each day for what it is and nothing more; don’t worry about what happened yesterday, and don’t pin your hopes on tomorrow.

And above all, don’t be afraid to have fun along the way.

After the sudden death of his father Kaori is forced to give up his studies abroad and return to his homeland to take his place as the new rul
Through the Last Door would probably be categorized as a non western tradition, historical fantasy story. It's loaded with action, adventure and heart. Honestly, I wasn't expecting anything too major when I started to read it, but the writing totally won me over. Loving Kaori, the main character, was very easily done.

Kaori is in line for the throne. He is away at school. His father is a larger than life character in Kaori's eyes so he has lots of hesitancy about the future.
He suspected, on hi
Original Blog Post: Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Through the Last Door by J.A. Jaken

Through the last door is a fantasy novel written in the usual style but with a little bit of difference in its feel. For those of you who like to watch Anime, then you know what I mean.

This is a high fantasy story set in an alternate universe with the feel of historic Japan and something else. Just like in anime, the quiet way this is written contrasts beautifully with the almost dramatic visuals
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, fantasy
Ok, I love Jaken for two reasons:

1)she is constantly good with world-building (I liked both Pathfinder and THoS settings)

2)she is not afraid to take risks and go dark with characters.

First reason is why I wanted to read gay fantasy written by her as soon as I saw the announcement on her website.
But if you are tuning in more for reason #2, I have to disappoint you- We have romance and it's of the sweetest kind. More in line with Megan Derr.

It's easy and interesting enough read : Until 50% ma
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
What a fun story. It had loads of detail and reminded me a bit of "The Last Samurai" meets "The Lord of the Rings".

It had a very huge Japanese undercurrent, which the author talks about at the end of the book, but in an otherworldly atmosphere.

Young Kaori is left the lands with his father's sudden death. Having been off at college in another country, he never got to say goodbye and ease his way into his " High Lord" role. He decides to get a better feel of the land and the 8 Lords, by going to
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Look at that cover so beautiful , this read was excellent!
A bit to long but it was wonderful.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Though I fell in love with the writing and was deeply moved by the sweetness of the princeling forced into assuming the crown despite his trusting, if not naive, nature not making him the best fit, there was a distinctive lack of substance in this longish story, a real awkwardness as to the pacing and structure (it was not an outstanding idea to have the novel fall into two halves, first an adventure then a static palatial and courtly intrigue), that spoiled my reading pleasure. The splendid wor ...more
Farida Mestek
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don’t remember the last time I read a book that not only hooked my interest but kept me interested till the very end; that brought me so many varied emotions and so much sincere pleasure. From the moment I started reading THROUGH THE LAST DOOR I had an impression of a masterfully crafted book, steeped in history, tradition, myth and lore of that incredible fantasy world the author has created. I felt like every word and every sentence was cherished and honed to perfection, creating a ...more
Gabbi Grey
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Test of Valour (an audio review)

At over 13 hours, this book is epic. It tells of a young university student thrown into the role of leader upon the untimely death of his father. Kaori Sensa is ill-prepared for this position and had believed he had time. He quickly realizes he will be afforded none. As High Lord, he is expected to rule over a vast kingdom. This book is a quest of sorts – he must learn about his people. In the process, of course, he learns about himself.

His adventures are interest
"Maybe, in the end, this was the lesson Yura had been trying to teach him: Live well. Live strong. Make any sacrifice for the ones you love. Keep the promises you make. Accept each day for what it is and nothing more; don’t worry about what happened yesterday, and don’t pin your hopes on tomorrow. And above all, don’t be afraid to have fun along the way."

This was fabulous! The Japanese-like setting and the engaging characters are what really make this book is such a fantastic read. T
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was a real surprise. The blurb got my interest, but the story is much deeper and more complicated than I have expected.
It starts when Kaori is forced to return to Kazure. Soon he walks a tightrope. He has to face political intrigues and other problems.
I enjoyed Kaoris character a lot. He has learned and studied a lot but he still feels unsecure in his new position. With the death of His father his whole world changed. His character development is exciting. Fortunately he is not alone.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow, not what I was expecting

Nearly 14 hours of audio for 1 credit and an amazing book to listen to, plus the smooth, incredible voice of Dan Calley. What's not to like.

Kaori returns home from university when his father dies suddenly, and he has to step up and become the leader of his country Kazure.

But there's unrest and friction. Will Kaori find out what's happening, and will his true and trusted protector Hunter stay by his side.

I enjoyed this book/audio, I don't usually listen to books l
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, m-m
Audio book review. Narrator: Dan Calley.

I have wanted to read this book for some time now, but because of poor eyesight, I had to wait until it became available in audio.

It was definitely worth the wait. Dan Calley did a wonderful job of narrating the voices of the different characters. I love the world building here, along with a decent balance between plot and sex. I enjoy when an author can keep me guessing, too, as to who the traitor really is.

I don't like spoilers so I can't say too much mo
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great first book of the series

This is the first book I've read by J.A. Jaken and I enjoyed it immensely. It took me a little bit to get into the book. You're kind of thrown into the the life of Kaori without much background on the world or people. So the first bit you kind of feel like your scrambling for info. But after maybe 30 pages or so I was able to immerse myself into the book. And from there on it was a very exciting to read. It was facinating to see how Kaori learned to fit/ be comforta
Cathy Brockman
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a very slow burn with all sex closed doors when it happened. Very sweet and sigh worthy. Made me swoon!
Now to my review.

This is a high fantasy with lots of action, devious plots to take over the kingdoms, spies, monster ant creatures and savior snakes. Sound good? Wait. Throw in hot body guards, slow burn romance and it’s even better.
The narration just brought the characters to life, made the story stand out and really bring forth the action. The story is long so it was nice to be able
Melrose Blu Review
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
🎧🐲🗡Coming SOON to audio! FANTASY LOVERS!!🎧🐲🗡
Read by Dan Calley!
One of the best I have read!
Dale W. Nash"
A masterfully crafted story; rich narrative, excellent characters, gradual immersion, sweet romance
Farida Mestek

Can't wait to hear it, I love Dan Calley!
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this is the first book I read from this autor and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book
with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one.
Can´t wait for book 2! Amazing job! definitely a must
Dominique Hicks
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Love the fantasy concept, mixed with realistic plots. Could have used a little more man action but it doesn’t take away from the book. It’s a great woven tale
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See review under audiobook version
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Loved it
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Shelves: fantasy
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Nov 08, 2019 marked it as dnf
rating: dnf

Stopped at 19%. Story was interesting but way too tedious. Couldn't really get into it.
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J.A. Jaken has been writing homoerotic fiction for more than ten years. She got her start in the profession writing slash fanfiction, where she has published numerous stories under the pen-name Rushlight. Over the years she has written erotic short stories and novels in genres ranging from science fiction/fantasy to gothic horror to modern detective mysteries.

She realized at a young age that she w

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