Review: Kokoro by Keith Yatsuhashi

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Publisher: Angry Robot

Publishing Date: April 2017

ISBN: 9780857666192

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.5/5

Publishers Description: On the planet of Higo, without the guidance of the Great Spirits, its people are descending into religious civil war. Baiyren Tallaenaq, Prince of Higo, is exiled after causing the death of his mother.
Freed from his responsibilities and the looming war, he steals their greatest weapon – a giant, sentient, armoured suit – and uses it to open a Portal to a world he never knew existed. A world called ‘Earth͟’…home of a magical young woman called Keiko.

Review: I am not sure what happened here. Where Kojiki was streamlined, Kokoro was laden with too much of, well everything. Characters, names and places and back history, all inter-leaved with constant over the top action. This process rendered the story line indiscernible and vague and subsequently lacked the detail required to visualize. 

 The cliché’ presented the form of Juno, really put me off this novel. Selfish, myopic (to the point of blindness), demanding but oh so hot and uber smart, Juno. Running from her bad CONSERVATIVE daddy who happens to be a US Senator and armed services committee chairman and into the mountains of China on a dig. Political bias. A big buzz kill no matter what side of the fence you’re on.  Well, while Juno flounces around demanding everything from everybody because she is an entitled little brat you get the sneaking suspicion early on that because the Heartstone is connected to her, that she is…SPESHUL!!!! YAY! Fug. Yup, speshulness rears it’s ugly head in this sequel in the form of spit and vinegar, hottie archeologist, Juno! See, she wuvs a pwince and he wuvs her so dang, hold on to your hotpockets cause here come the shjts. 

 Although this did not meet my expectations, I kinda knew that a great follow up to Kojiki was wishful thinking.

*UPDATE* I just received a complaint from the author filed to his publisher. The publisher (author) requests that my review be removed as I did not grasp the main theme of the novel.  The author could have made a lot of headway contacting me directly to explain my review. This has happened in the past and I am no stranger to re-reading novels with additional information and HAVE changed my reviews to reflect this.

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