The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow

Sea of Shadow - Fuyumi Ono, 小野 不由美, Akihiro Yamada, 山田 章博, Elye J. Alexander, Alexander O. Smith A great book based on the anime series Twelve Kingdoms (or the series was based on the book, I am not sure which to be honest). This story focuses on a young girl named Yoko. A standard Japanese girl who works hard to fit in with others. One day a man appears before her, along with Fantastical beasts. She is whisked away to a different world by this man called Keiki. Before she is whisked away she is told it is for her ow safety and those around her and that she can always be returned home later. However, upon arriving in this new world she is alone and persecuted by the locals. This book follows her journey, which is one that is hard and full of mistrust in others. She wanders the land searching for a way home and learning of this new world and why she was brought here. This book has some differences from the anime (such as in the anime 2 classmates were brought along) but the story is well written, and a good pace filled with information. I loved how different class of people had original titles and laws that governed them. I hope to be able to find and read the second book in the series.