J.A. Jaken has been writing m/m fiction for more than ten years. She got her start in the profession writing slash fanfiction, where she has published numerous stories under the pen-name Rushlight. Over the years she has written short stories and novels in genres ranging from science fiction/fantasy to gothic horror to modern detective mysteries. Outside of writing, her interests include studying foreign languages, riding horses, practicing martial arts, and collecting medieval weaponry.
Book Title: Through the Last Door
Author: J.A. Jaken
Publisher: White Owl Publishing (December 16, 2014)
Book Length: 378 pages
Genre: Gay, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian, Adventure
When Kaori Sansa’s father dies, he is forced to return home to claim the throne as the rightful heir of the country of Kazure. In the aftermath of his father’s death, he learns that the country he loves is riddled with corruption, and is hovering on the brink of war. Will he be able to hold the kingdom together despite the odds that are stacked against it, and somehow unlock the buried powers of Shinja, the Sacred Beast of Kazure?
Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Through the last door is a fantasy novel written in the usual style but with a little bit of difference in its feel. For those of you who like to watch Anime, then you know what I mean.
This is a high fantasy story set in an alternate universe with the feel of historic Japan and something else. Just like in anime, the quiet way this is written contrasts beautifully with the almost dramatic visuals that come to mind. As this is a written novel, it is technically not anime but the descriptive voice of the author makes visualizing the angles and the panning of scenery or the zooming in on the feelings and thoughts of the different characters, it is definitely anime-like. At least, for me. As I love the genre and enjoy the blood and guts flying every which way I can, then yes, I loved this book.
This is as fantasy as fantasy gets, for those who love the genre. There are snakes and bugs, there is action, there is intrigue, there is betrayal, there is the hint or blatancy of magic at play laced with the hint of the supernatural or paranormal, and, of course, there is the romance. The plot is paced in such a way where one scene merges into another before morphing into something else. There is also the style of which I liked, when the scenes are not all sex or all action or all talk, it actually develops. The quest-like turn of events move forward and if it drops in one part, it will be surely picked up at another time to explain the whys of it. In short, it was like watching something instead of reading it. Yes, it is that visual a read!
As for the characters, all of them, from the main to the secondary, all of them were treated equally so instead of getting a thorough idea of who Kaori and Hunter are and leaving the rest to be merely two-dimensional to fill in a blank space, all of the characters are three-dimensional. I felt like I knew how each one thought and felt so was not surprised when they did what was expected of them. Neither did I get surprised by what they actually did.
Oh my, if the author were a bit less, then this would have been an epic fail but she is highly talented and so I rest my case.
Overall, this is a highly recommended read for all those who love the fantasy genre with an M/M twist.
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