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The Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono
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May 26, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, fantasy, five-stars
Recommended for: fantasy fans looking for something unique
Read in May, 2008

I like Taiki. He's a complex character, and an unusual hero. I can see how his personality isn't to the taste of some readers, but I found myself empathizing with him quite a bit.

Ono's characters overall really shine. It's easy to populate fantasy worlds with cookie-cutter characters, but Ono deftly rounds out even minor characters with sparks of individuality.

I think the way Ono handles the backstory of other characters, Keiki in particular is a nice touch. It doesn't distract from the overall story, and adds subtle texture to what we know of Kei from the first volume.

I've seen the anime, and I vaguely recall that there was more to Taiki's story presented in the anime. I'm happy with the way this volume ended, however. And now I'm eagerly awaiting the third one ...
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