23rd Nov 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
23rd Nov 2008
I’ve been off of June’s paperback releases for a while. I don’t have the loathing for them that a lot of people have, but they’re not the easiest reading. This one, though, sucked me in by virtue of the fact that I’m a huge fan of the illustrator, Hirotaka Hisaragi. This is the artist behind the series Innocent Bird, which I found to be visually stunning.
Now, this book is based on the series of the same name that Kisaragi wrote. Only, Kisaragi didn’t write this book and new characters were invented. So, you could look at it as a bit of AU fanfiction. That being said, I did find a lot I liked in the book–and not just the illustrations. The idea behind the world is that certain people can fall into an alternate world, the Depths of Dreams, and there they can fight demons who want nothing more than to go to the human world and feast on humans.
The humans who have the ability to fall into the Depths of Dreams are called Dark Walkers. Dark Walkers also have the ability to fight the demons, though it’s a perilous task. See, if they kill too many demons, they run the risk of turning into a demon themselves.
One of our main characters, Yuugo, gained his wings in this way. He defeated a crow demon and stole the wings. This makes me very happy as I have a bit of a kink for boys with wings.
So, there’s this shadow world that our main character, Tomoki, knows nothing about. All he knows is that when he falls asleep, he’s taken by a mystery lover, someone who’s face he can’t see, but someone who begs Tomoki to remember him. This confuses the hell out of Tomoki, who’s pretty sure that he’s not attracted to guys, but is dreaming about being screwed six ways to Sunday.
Of course, this means that Tomoki’s a Dark Walker and his lover is charged with keeping him safe as he grows into his powers. It’s just getting Tomoki to realize who his lover is in time and learning how to harness these powers to keep them both safe that is going to be the challenge.
All in all, it’s really not a bad read. It’s just kind of stilted and of course having bits that make me cringe, what with the lack of lube and all, but that’s something that I’ve come to expect from BL novels. However, it just registers as a minor irritation now.
While I can’t say to run out and buy this one, I will say that it’s pretty as hell. It is something that I will probably read again the next time I need to scratch my itch for boys with wings.