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poor little prince boy [Jan. 3rd, 2010|10:45 am]
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Ouji Reizoku 1 ~Senko Ibun~ by Yashiro Yoneka and illustrated by Rikuyu Chikako is the first of two books set in a Chinese fantasy world. I've only read the first volume so far, but it was highly amusing. Story is about the oldest son of a kingdom who is a prince but has no real status since his mother was not high class and had no family backing. He's smart but can't fight. His younger brother, the heir, is the son of the queen and has charisma and is an excellent warrior. Their uncle betrays their father while they are being invaded and their father is killed in the battlefield. The sons escape into the mountains and are attacked by creatures. Oldest son cracks open the protective amulet his mother had given him, which releases a powerful fox...demon? Don't know what the right English term would be, but the fox kills all the other creatures. Before oldest son can thank the fox, the fox rapes him because he's hungry and the other creatures were not very tasty or filling. After some arguing oldest son agrees to be the fox's slave if the fox will protect his brother. The brothers and the fox end up back with their people (who was being led by younger brother's family) and they fight to take back the kingdom.

Naturally this is filled with older brother's suffering. It's very exquisite at times, because the author doesn't disappoint. Older brother has a need to be useful and protect his brother thanks to past trauma, he and fox have a very difficult relationship because they can't get past the initial defensive stands they took after the rape, the older brother is not treated well by the other important people around his brother because he has no real status, the real bad guy in the story has a personal thing against him, etc. The climax of the first volume made me laugh, which probably says something not very good about me. ^^; Basically, older brother gets massively and badly gang raped by a bunch of soldiers in a dungeon after being manipulated by invisible snakes to seem like he's a wanton slut. Of course fox rescues him, but only after he'd been fucked into unconsciousness (though the soldiers continued on even with him unconscious). I laughed at this scene because the whole situation makes the older brother reevaluate his relationship with the fox (which had degenerated into nasty sex and not much more), naturally. Nothing like a good ole gang rape to realize your original rapist wasn't such a bad guy. After he's rescued he thanks the fox for everything before losing consciousness again. This freaks the fox out since the older brother had never been so honestly grateful to him, no matter what he did to protect his brother or whatever. The main story of the book ends here, but I suppose this will start the change of their relationship. The rest of the volume is mostly about the fox and his past.

[User Picture]From: keelieinblack
2010-01-03 09:32 pm (UTC)
If laughing at this says something bad at you then it applies to me as well, because I was giggling all the way through this review, especially at Nothing like a good ole gang rape to realize your original rapist wasn't such a bad guy. Of course some part of it is "I have to laugh because otherwise I'll start beating my head against the desk."

The basic plot of this thing sounds like it might actually make an okay Standard Fantasy Novel, though! If you, um, removed all the rape.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-01-05 07:35 am (UTC)
*laughs* Yeah, it's an angsty standard fantasy novel. I was totally in the mood and so thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope the second volume doesn't disappoint.
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[User Picture]From: modorenai
2010-01-07 03:54 pm (UTC)
Nothing like a good ole gang rape to realize your original rapist wasn't such a bad guy.

*bangs head against the wall*

(Evidently I need to start working on my retarded!BL tolerance. Considering how 90% of BL falls under the retarded category, I suppose I'm getting there slowly but surely. :p)
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