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Shinigami

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Hen his salvation then as they become adults together the love of his life The story is set during the Nara period of ancient Japan and will expand over a period of 25 years 715 7. I don't know where to start so let's start at the begginingWhen I read Kogitsune last year it came as a great surprise I picked it up because I needed some cheering up and Japan and its culture never fails to me I read that short story and was fascinated with the vivid world it contained and its characters Since then I've become friends with Xia Xia Lake and when she asked me to beta read the second book in the Takamagahara Monogatari I was delighted Shinigami is a complex and fascinating tale Ancient Japan its customs and mithology are so well portraited that through them you can inmerse yourself in the story without noticing it The characters are simply wonderful In Shinigami we follow Hirotsugu no Fujiwara a historical character son of one of the most powerful families in ancient Japan in a tale with the perfect mix of facts and fiction A tale about how he awakes to the world and how that world changes him and the ones around him humans yokais ayakashis and kamis eually Maybe I'm a bit biased knowing how much effort is behind these lines how accurate to the period the narrative style is how much care and love has been put into this book but I highly recommend this story If you love fantasy magic and Japan you won't be dissapointedTake a look at Elena's and Cristina's reviews they have explain this much better

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NB web serial no longer available onlineA coming of age love story between the heir of the richest family in the Land of Yamato and an orphan The human world meets the yōkai worl. 5 stars I have no idea how to do this book justice but I will try by just gushing over it When night approached the birdsong gently shifted from cheerful to forlorn The uguisu went to sleep in its pot shaped nest and the brown feathered night thrush—recently returned from wintering in Tenjiku—took its place and claimed the night Now and then a deer would call and a fawn would answer back Gaaah This book came at the right time I have been craving some paranormal fantasy shifter and all that jazz Shinigami and W G got me satisfied This story is connected to Kogitsune please read that one first before diving into this other gem Like Kogi this is a historical fantasy with influences from Japanese mythology and folklore if you are new to that world and know nothing about it don’t let that scare you from this wonderful story there is a Glossary that explains everything I freaking loved this story to a point I reread the last chapters times and I will still reread it The writing is incredible clever witty and on point The dialogue between the characters is interesting and keeps you on the edge wanting the feeling is like no other The characters are very well developed and uniue They are lovable because they are easily likable Huh I don’t think that makes sense but isso right All I am trying to say is; I freaking loved it Highly recommended when you are in the mood for some Historical fantasy story Thank you to my amazing fellow buddy readers for taking this wonderful journey with me Can’t wait to do it again

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D in a power struggle for the fate of Fujiwara no Hirotsugu While he battles to find his own path in life Hirotsugu finds solace in a boy who will first become his secret friend t. After giving us the beautifully uiet and atmospheric Kogitsune that must be read before moving on to this second instalment in her Takamagahara Monogatari Xia Xia Lake raises the bar with Shinigami an astonishing combination of coming of age story Japanese folklore BLyaoi history and legendsConstructed on and around four main characters and with some surprising changes in the POV Shinigami follows the life of Fujiwara no Hirotsugu and his relationship with his powerful family and with the young Takahashi Ryū But be warned This is just the very surface of a story that evolves in an extremely fascinating and complex way that left me breathless and truly astonishedThe author combines historical facts folklore and her own storyline in a totally seamless manner and the resulting experience is a full immersion in an arcane and suspended world where gods meet human where yokai pop in and out of the scene and the emotional charge of the story is relentless and ever growing Shinigami is a truly wonderful novel ending on the brink of the great events which will come in the future instalments of the MonogatariVery highly recommended Short Cycle Selling struggle for the fate of Fujiwara no Hirotsugu While he battles to find his own path in life Hirotsugu finds Break the Bipolar Cycle solace in a boy who will first become his Innovate the Pixar Way secret friend t. After giving us the beautifully uiet and atmospheric Kogitsune that must be read before moving on to this School for Startups second instalment in her Takamagahara Monogatari Xia Xia Lake raises the bar with Shinigami an astonishing combination of coming of age All the Plants of the Bible story Japanese folklore BLyaoi history and legendsConstructed on and around four main characters and with Fucking My Gullible Sister in Her Virgin Pussy some Venice Vampires surprising changes in the POV Shinigami follows the life of Fujiwara no Hirotsugu and his relationship with his powerful family and with the young Takahashi Ryū But be warned This is just the very Venice Vampires 2 surface of a Venice Vampires 4 story that evolves in an extremely fascinating and complex way that left me breathless and truly astonishedThe author combines historical facts folklore and her own The Abyss Beckons storyline in a totally Influencing Powerful People seamless manner and the resulting experience is a full immersion in an arcane and Million Dollar Referrals suspended world where gods meet human where yokai pop in and out of the The Meaning of Difference scene and the emotional charge of the The Acupuncture Response story is relentless and ever growing Shinigami is a truly wonderful novel ending on the brink of the great events which will come in the future instalments of the MonogatariVery highly recommended


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  1. says:

    5 stars I have no idea how to do this book justice but I will try by just gushing over it When night approached the birdsong gently shifted from cheerful to forlorn The uguisu went to sleep in its pot shaped nest and the brown feathered night thrush—recently returned from wintering in Tenjiku—took its place and claimed the night Now and then a deer would call and a fawn would answer back Gaaah This book came at the right time I have been craving some paranormal fantasy shifter and all that jazz Shinigami and W G got me satisfied This story is connected to Kogitsune please read that one first before diving into this other gem Like Kogi this is a historical fantasy with influences from Japanese mythology and folklore if you are new to that world and know nothing about it don’t let that scare you from this wonderful story there is a Glossary that explains everything I freaking loved this story to a point I reread the last chapters times and I will still reread it The writing is incredible clever witty and on point The dialogue between the characters is interesting and keeps you on the edge wanting the feeling is like no other The characters are very well developed and uniue They are lovable because they are easily likable Huh? I don’t think that makes sense but isso right All I am trying to say is; I freaking loved it Highly recommended when you are in the mood for some Historical fantasy story Thank you to my amazing fellow buddy readers for taking this wonderful journey with me Can’t wait to do it again


  2. says:

    BOOK TRAILER| First 22chapters free on my site| Update Shinigami was the winner of both Best Gay Fantasy and Best Gay Debut in the 2018 2019 Rainbow awardshttpselisa rollelivejournalcom3httpsreviews and ramblingsdreamwiThis book is dedicated to my otaku family my fujoshi sisters my fudanshi brothers and my non binary siblings from the otaku world#loveislove #yaoiislifeAlso I highly recommend you read Kogitsune first Kogitsune is a 40 minutes short story and can be downloaded for free from Smashwordshttpswwwsmashwordscombooksview


  3. says:

    Reading this book for the second time is such a different experience and every bit as good as the first one if not better Can't wait for the next book Or the next reread whichever comes first DAt the end of my review of Kogitsune I wrote “4 stars because I need ”As the saying goes be careful what you wish for I got I got so much that ten days after finishing this book I’m still trying to get my fried brain cells to write something resembling a review Let’s be realistic that’s not happening anytime soon Maybe after a few rereads maybe never The great ones are always the most difficult to review for me The layered ones are even worse and this is a layered one I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface with my first read and I’ll be going back for for a long time Someone else will have to do justice to this gem Here are just some random thoughtsA word of advice before reading this book you should read Kogitsune firstIt’s set after Shinigami but you should still read it first there is a reason it’s marked as the first in the series ;You might want to reread Kogitsune after you finish this I did but that’s another matter Read Kogitsune first It’s short it’s free and you won’t regret itAnother word of advice if you’re not familiar or if like me you are but it's been a while since you immersed yourself in it with Japanese culture history and mythology you might need a moment or two to adjust to the setting the times and the names Don't let it scare you there’s a glossary at the end if you need it but everything important is already explained in the book and I didn’t have any problem following the story without it Although it’s nice and interesting to have the additional info available you won’t necessarily need to consult it as you readA last word of advice mostly to my mm romance reader friends remember that this is a series everything is connected and the journey isn’t over yet Keep an open mind Regarding the book itself what can I say? It’s not something that I’m able to explain you have to experience itI could say it’s adorable romantic heartbreaking that the writing is beautifully evocative and the setting fascinating that the historical facts and the fictional part of the story are mixed together perfectly I could also say that I fell in love with the characters especially two and I can’t even say who they are becausespoilers that this book made me smile tear up laugh and wish I didn’t have months to wait until the next one All of that would be true but it still doesn’t seem enough It’s everything I’ve got to offer at the moment though so it’ll have to do5 stars but I still need ;


  4. says:

    I'm going to be honest I have very different feelings for the first half of this book vs the latter half The first half details the life and experiences of Hirotsugu as he grows up as the heir to one of the wealthiest and respected families In contrast to those around him particularly his family he's very aware and almost ashamed of the divide that separates him from the poor and this is reinforced by a chance encounter with a young beggar A chance encounter that happens not just a second time but a third thus sparking a friendship that would turn into a great love But I'm getting ahead of myselfThe first half of this journey is very heavy on the historical elements the traditions the myths; if you love world building if you love losing yourself in cultural descriptions you will be overjoyed with the author's research and attention to detail I'll admit that while I did follow along and had a handy glossary along with chapter header definitions to help out I wasn't as engrossed by the history as I was the characters So while I wasn't bored I wasn't fully immersed or on the edge of my seat in the early chapters It was easy to put down even with the magical elements and the mystery surrounding this presence that ran parallel to the narrative Also I made the mistake of speculating a theory or two to a friend who had read this already and boy was I wrong But hey I'm owning up to it I recommend you try and throw some guesses around too Ahem anywayAnd then the second half of the story happened and it was sweet and lovely and all of a sudden I was punched in the gut with feels and this time I was putting down the book so I could finish crying Which I did twice I definitely felt the strength of these characters near the end the events felt high stakes with the added element of some melodrama to really get those emotions flowing As a bonus much is revealed that is only teased throughout and while some subseuent actions felt rushed or maybe a little unrealistic you still feel it It still hurts And you're still blown away Readers who pick up the book one KOGITSUNE might be surprised and confused when they follow it up with SHINIGAMI only to realize it isn't a direct continuation And does in fact happen long after the events of book two But by the time you get to the end of this book you'll understand why it's important and necessary to read first So go do that nowOverall this is an experience unlike one I've read before It's detailed rich in history magic and myth and folklore it's about a forever love between two young men and so much And it's not over There's to come I cannot wait to see how these stories progress in book three375 stars This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities


  5. says:

    Re read 04112019 Welp I thought I was past the weeping phase when it comes to this book Guess not Shinigami is a special and uniue book Not just the characters but the storytelling itself And the author's prose is exceptionalThe story takes place in Japan it's culture and mythology is heavily embedded in the story and surrounded by historical events Meaning some things in this book happened in real life though most of it is fictionThis is a love story But also a story of Becoming We are accompanying Hiro as he grows up and learns the ways of his clan what was expected of him by his father and his clan knowing he will be the next leaderAlong the way Hiro meets someone who will become very important to him And his priorities might change It's a sweet slow burn romance At least that's how it starts toward the end it will become uite angsty as and information comes to lightThere's lots of things happening mysterious things and there were uite a few 'what the hell' moments but I'm unwilling to say anything about the mythological part of the book because I think it's something everyone has to experience themselves But if you enjoy fantasyparanormal books you will most likely enjoy this tooIt's a very complex captivating and engaging story and I recommend it wholeheartedly But read Kogitsune first


  6. says:

    After giving us the beautifully uiet and atmospheric Kogitsune that must be read before moving on to this second instalment in her Takamagahara Monogatari Xia Xia Lake raises the bar with Shinigami an astonishing combination of coming of age story Japanese folklore BLyaoi history and legendsConstructed on and around four main characters and with some surprising changes in the POV Shinigami follows the life of Fujiwara no Hirotsugu and his relationship with his powerful family and with the young Takahashi Ryū But be warned This is just the very surface of a story that evolves in an extremely fascinating and complex way that left me breathless and truly astonishedThe author combines historical facts folklore and her own storyline in a totally seamless manner and the resulting experience is a full immersion in an arcane and suspended world where gods meet human where yokai pop in and out of the scene and the emotional charge of the story is relentless and ever growing Shinigami is a truly wonderful novel ending on the brink of the great events which will come in the future instalments of the MonogatariVery highly recommended


  7. says:

    I don't know where to start so let's start at the begginingWhen I read Kogitsune last year it came as a great surprise I picked it up because I needed some cheering up and Japan and its culture never fails to me I read that short story and was fascinated with the vivid world it contained and its characters Since then I've become friends with Xia Xia Lake and when she asked me to beta read the second book in the Takamagahara Monogatari I was delighted Shinigami is a complex and fascinating tale Ancient Japan its customs and mithology are so well portraited that through them you can inmerse yourself in the story without noticing it The characters are simply wonderful In Shinigami we follow Hirotsugu no Fujiwara a historical character son of one of the most powerful families in ancient Japan in a tale with the perfect mix of facts and fiction A tale about how he awakes to the world and how that world changes him and the ones around him humans yokais ayakashis and kamis eually Maybe I'm a bit biased knowing how much effort is behind these lines how accurate to the period the narrative style is how much care and love has been put into this book but I highly recommend this story If you love fantasy magic and Japan you won't be dissapointedTake a look at Elena's and Cristina's reviews they have explain this much better


  8. says:

    This story? It ripped me to shreds It would have been a hundred times worse if I didn't first read Kogitsune but having done so it only made me cry for about 5 minutes Now I'm gonna go and read Kogitsune again because I have to Xia Xia Lake you are a glorious storyteller Thank you


  9. says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewAs someone who has studied the Japanese language for a while and who has been looking for ueer historical fictional placed in medieval Japan and also as an avid reader of BL albeit a very critical one I am in a sense very much the ideal reader for this particular novel On the other hand for these same reasons I ended up finding issue with it in ways that will surely not bother most readersThis places me in somewhat uncomfortable situation as I am forced with the choice of either projecting myself into a general reader of sorts or of zeroing in on my particular impressions Ultimately the middle way persevered I will strive to disentangle what may be pet peeves from a broader perspective It goes without saying that such methodological approaches are ultimately ideals and far from being realized be in this or any other review That is the nature of literary reception Leaving such caveats aside this is overall a very well researched foray into the Nara period in Japan one that I have always found fascinating because its literate aristocracy of administrators very much modeled on the Chinese court was ruled by a set of values that ended up dying a harsh death in a series of civil wars and eventually the centuries old Shogonate with its martial ruthlessness Which is not to say that NaraHeian periods were peaceful or at all wonderful for the general population something that this novel addresses with great poignancy but it came to represent an artistic time when courtesans ruled court ladies were renowned for their intricate yet streamlined poems and contemplation was viewed as suitable topic all across the arts and letters Some of this is interwoven in this novel featuring Hirotsugu an heir to the immensely powerful Fujiwara clan as the protagonist and sending him on a collusion route with the powers that be Shinigami draws a portrait of the ruling classes with their elaborate rites lavish palaces in which ancestor worship is very much central and cross references of myth that are both national and familial The actual clash is surprisingly spurious at first but it eventually coalesces around Hirotsugu's choosing as a partner a once beggar and then servant RyuuDespite the disclaimer that the author issues in the forward this novel is very much a romance It is the love story that carries on the plot and while it does take uite a while to develop once it does it overtakes the narrative almost entirely This in fact was one of the problems I had with it once the preliminary stages are cleared virtually all dialogue devolves into love declarations repeated with precious little variation That the cast is never that vast to start with is at that point narrowed down considerably makes it even salient as every other word is about how much Ryuu loves Hirotsugu and about how much Hirotusgu loves RyuuFortunately the novel is not long enough for this cloying sweetness to become unbearable but it does hamper it somewhat A romance across different classes is very much political by default and that goes doubly so at a time when class stratification was sharply drawn and unrelentingly enforced on every and single level In making Hirotsugu's aware of the plight of the poor in the kingdom the novel engages in what is very much social criticism It is an element of realism that is greatly appreciated view spoilerThe scene in which Hirotsugu is taken by his father to meet the bailiff and he gets to see the way in which the working class is deliberately kept in horrendous poverty all their lives is particular effective in this regard Unlike other fiction of the same vein Shinigami makes the very explicit the connection between the extreme luxury in which Hirotsugu was raised with the exploration torture and occasional execution of those who toil in the fields hide spoiler


  10. says:

    BeautifulOne of the most magical books I've read There were uite a few times at the end when I went back into certain parts of the book to make sure I got all the pleasure out of it Never have I had my heart broken so much in a book only to have it put back together so uickly Now I'm going to check out the Japanese culture in a way I never have before Really looking forward to the next book Thank you for a wonderful book


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