scans of the new versions of dreaming of paradise—please don’t reupload these, i took the time to scan and clean them and would appreciate if they don’t end up elsewhere.
The gift that Ranjou brought to Gyousou’s second coronation was for none other than General Risai — a new arm crafted by the finest artisans of Han.
Taiki & Sanshi from ‘The Twelve Kingdoms’ :)
for my followers who like reading I thought I’d share these links with you since I’m on a Twelve Kingdoms hype again.
where I got most of the fantranslations of the Twelve Kingdoms books:
find more here:
why should you read it?
we have a teen transported to another world story written by someone who specializes in horror (the only other series I can think of like that is Abarat, and after the bullshit at the end of the 3rd book of that I’ve pretty much given up on THAT). in addition we get a lead female who starts off as passive as fuck but experiences a shit ton of development and by the end of the first arc she’s grown wonderfully. (and that’s not even where her growth ends, she has a major role in some of the other arcs too!)
Yoko, the main character from the first major arc, isn’t the only one transported to this other world, too. in the books you find other characters who wind up transported from our world to theirs as well and that they come in two flavors; those who were supposed to be born there that wound up being born here instead and those who were from here and accidentally wind up there. there is some important differences between the types, which brings us to the next part…
the worldbuilding. holy fuck, the worldbuilding! Chinese inspired fantasy world that is still very distinct and has its own unique mythology and flavors of wildlife ranging from normal animals, fantastic creatures that are tamable, to wild youma no human can tame as well as a type of people can hanjyuu who can take on an animal form. (the first major hanjyuu character’s beast form is a large rat, but there’s a range of types, in a later book an important character turns out to be a bear hanjyuu.) it’s own culture and beliefs and just wow, holy fuck, wow. it even gives the other world its own mythical creation backstory. if you like well built fictional worlds YOU WILL LOVE THIS.
and then there’s the characters. you get a wide cast of characters, some arcs with a smaller number that get significant time in a given arc, sometimes a wider cast. heck, one arc, the second Yoko arc (published by Tokyopop under the title Skies of Dawn, also known as A Thousand Leagues of Wind, the Sky at Dawn) spends about as much time focusing on Yoko as it does two new characters (who also undergo some epic character growth). some are just plain awesome, some start off bland but grow into awesome. none are perfect, all have parts where they show their flaws, even those that seem close to perfect are shown at points to have flaws.
you like strong female characters? we’ve got those for you, some are even main characters in their arcs! you like male leads? some of the arcs have those and they range from non-action guys who are still very important and have their own virtues to kickass awesome! you want characters who beat the odds and say fuck that to discrimination? we got that too!
you like awesome books? this is for you!
the only down side is the main series has been on hiatus for about a dozen years and ends in one of the worst places to stall on. there’s been some short stories since then, but no actual continuation of the final arc. the anime adaption actually stops short of the final two books (one is a backstory that isn’t integral to the main storyline but still involves characters from the rest of the series, the other starts the second Taiki arc) and that worked well enough I actually kind of recommend skipping that like they did with that, unless you really REALLY want to get as far into the story as possible. just be warned, you may want to throw something at the end. because I swear, I read the fantranslation on my android phone and I nearly tossed it into the wall at the end and DID start yelling and swearing, because, no… NO… NO! you cannot end a book where one problem gets solved only to bring up multiple NEW problems and then just leave a series on indefinite hiatus, DAMMIT!
Note to followers: This series is the absolute best. But yeah, we have the longest damn cliffhanger hiatus ever. Although, another downside to not reading The Shore at Twilight, The Sky at Daybreak is that then you’d miss out on Ranjou and Hanrin, who are fab. But yeah, the ending is quite painful.