I had never read anything by this Author and I was attracted to both the Japanese Manga style cover, and the blurb’s mention of Kitsune, which I used to be fascinated by when I was younger… Kitsune myths pre-date all shifter novels of the kind recognised now and challenge the West’s concept of good and bad in a most intriguing way…
Author: Freddy MacKay
Publisher: MISCHIEF CORNER BOOKS
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Alone on his mountain, the kitsune Tadashi only wishes to be left in peace so he can mourn his lost lover and take care of his temple. Unfortunately, several townsmen who have no idea of Tadashi’s true nature have different plans for the “Jap on the mountain” and his land. When they push the kitsune too far, he reacts with horrific violence, leaving tragedy in his wake. Broken and terrified of himself, Tadashi represses his natural drives and shuts himself off from the world.
The intrusion of a lost little girl and her persistent veterinarian uncle, Berg, stumbling into Tadashi’s life, though, and turn his carefully ordered world upside-down. The reluctant hero needs to decide whether he is truly happier alone or whether he can once again embrace a truth he used to know, that life is for the living.
This is a strange little gem of a story, which I wasn’t sure if I liked at first. A lot of fairly graphic violence occurs near the story’s beginning, before I had formed a connection to or empathy with the main protagonist, ‘Tadashi’. However, Tadashi’s immense gentleness and love of the creatures on the Mountainside where he lives plus, his horror at what he has done and how, encouraged me to read on and started to remind me of Japanese Kitsune mythology.
Tadashi’s internment alone in the temple to Inari that he tends, mirrors the internment of Japanese nationals by the US authorities in the Second World war, which caused the death of Tadashi’s lover. This is a very enjoyable fantasy novel and I really loved the growing but impossible relationship between ‘Berg’ and Tadashi. A squirrel called ‘Kou’ almost steals every scene he is in, and provides a comic but poignant layer to this tale.
I have been very lucky with my review books recently, in that typos, editing and grammar have not been an issue at all, and this book is no different. This meant I could relax and enjoy the story. I always think it is gross arrogance of a reviewer to say ‘I wish this could be longer or shorter etc.’ unless to merely say that they wished to extend the enjoyment…and I would hate, as an author, to be told how my characters should be. However, as I do not believe this book is to have a sequel I was a little disappointed with the ending and some inconsistencies, which left me with a few niggling questions. I can’t really detail those questions here or I will spoil the read for others. They were important enough to this reader for me to give Internment 4 rather than 5 stars.
However, this is a very enjoyable fantasy and I would recommend this read to any others who like me, wish to disappear into a slightly different world on occasion.
I would like to thank Freddy Mackay/Mischief Corner Press for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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