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Kwaidan Book Club: The Twelve Kingdoms

  • Sun, October 08, 2017
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop


Due to Hurricane Nate, this month’s book club meeting on Sunday, Oct 8 will be cancelled. 

For the month of October, we'll be reading and discussing Volume 1 of the The Twelve Kingdoms series by Fuyumi Ono. This fantasy series will be the first venture into light novels for the JSNO Kwaidan Book Club. (There is a companion anime to the series that we highly recommend, for those interested). 

We will be specifically covering material from the TokyoPop edition of The Twelve Kingdoms Volume 1 (Book of Shadow). This is the only existing English version of the series and while it is out of print, you can currently find it on Amazon (ISBN-13: 978-1427802576); used copies are reasonably priced.

This is a Japanese fantasy series that blends both Japanese and Chinese mythology and tradition.

Yoko Nakajimas life has been fairly ordinary--until a golden-haired man appears to tell her that she is his master and must return to their kingdom. With the help of a magic sword and a magic stone against the demons on her trail, Yoko begins her quest for both survival and self-discovery.

More than just a fantasy story filled with horrific monsters, half-beasts, and magicians, The Twelve Kingdoms centers around a world reminiscent of Chinese Mythology and rife with civil and political upheaval. Sea of Shadow, the first volume of this seven-volume epic, takes you on a wild ride that leaves you questioning the bounds of reality and fantasy. 

(From School Library Journal)
Yoko is an ordinary high school girl with nightmares when a golden-haired young man tells her she's in dream-foreshadowed danger. Soon the teen is flying on the back of a huge bird to a kingdom in another world, where she'll eventually learn that she is destined for a throne. The prominence of a jewel and a sword (as well as purification by water) connects this tale to Japanese tradition. Chinese tradition contributes cosmography and the Mandate of Heaven. Anime tradition guarantees lots of bloody monster-killing by the reluctant (and imperfect) Yoko.


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