Keith Yatsuhashi “Kojiki” (Angry Robot, 2016)
Normally I am not a fan of the secret heritage trope. You know the one. It’s usually a character who upon “coming of age” finds out that they are secretly the heir to the throne/chosen one/whatever.
But this is the exception that proves the rule. The reason is that the world of Kojiki is so unlike any fantasy world that I have previously experienced. It’s important to say that I know next to nothing about Japanese mythology. The world of Kojiki gives the feel of a world that is based heavily on Japanese mythology. It is in fact? I have no idea. But it is complex and very different from the bog standard fantasy world. Having this familiar trope (& plot structure) gave me something to hang onto while trying to make sense of this strange world.
Does it all work? I think that for me, at least, the results were mixed. I found myself struggling more than I enjoy. I honestly don’t know how much was me, & how much was the book. But regardless, it was difficult for me to make sense of things at times. At other times, I enjoyed the uniqueness and originality of this book.