Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The King’s Sun
Author: Isaac Grisham
Series: The Brass Machine #1
Heroes: Kitsune & Myobu
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 299 pages
Publisher: Cooper Blue Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Prince Kitsune trained all his life to become a leader in the king’s wars for supremacy, but the fearsome monarch dashes those dreams and banishes his devoted son. Not all is lost—to reclaim his birthright, Kitsune must kill the son of his father’s rival. A son possessed by fiery magic.
Outside of the capital walls for the first time, Kitsune struggles to survive accursed wilderness and political intrigue while executing his mission. He meets the enigmatic, dark-haired Myobu and discovers magical Yokai spirits, dark family secrets, and strange new feelings for his companion.
As the two men forge a path through the region, an unrealized and dangerous magic blossoms within Kitsune. It is the mysterious power of the Yokai spirits, capable of unspeakable destruction, and it grows stronger with each passing day. Could he use this gift to slay his target, or would it destroy all that he loves?
I am… super confused about my feelings for this one. On one hand, I LOVED the story. On the other, I was so aggravated and frustrated with it to the point of yelling out random things (and yes, I did get a few funny stares with those outbursts). So, I’m giving a neutral rating because otherwise I would give a five star AND a one star rating. That’s how confused I am.
Let’s start with what I liked. I loved the world, I loved that Kitsune had to journey through an unknown place and how he managed to survive dangerous situations time and again. I loved that he was so charming and instilled an almost instant trust in people, I really adored that about him. I loved that people would blindly follow him and he earned so much respect from people he barely interacted with. He was fierce and strong…. although a bit naive and gullible, IMO. I adored him during his journey and I absolutely LOVED his chemistry with Myobu; his confusion with his feelings over Myobu and his determination to carry out his mission.
Now, Myobu. OMG HOW MUCH I LOVED HIM. I could read another 200 pages from Myobu’s point of view. Actually, I was saddened that we didn’t get his POV (I stand corrected, we did get one POV from him that threw me out of the story because it was so unexpected since it was right in the middle of Kitsune’s POV with no break between them. Just one paragraph was from Kitsune and the next from Myobu and then there was the epilogue). But I digress, I loved Myobu. I loved how mysterious he was and how he knew his fate but he still went through with it. Although, I’m entirely confused on why Myobu and Ninko were two different people… but still the same person. Also, I loved Kitsune’s mother. She was so sincere and peaceful and I loved how she played such a role in Kitsune’s journey and how much closer he got to his family while being banished.
Now, what I didn’t like and why it’s hard for me to rate this one – Kitsune. I honestly did not like him for the beginning OR the end of the story. In the middle, I adored him but at the beginning he was all ‘I’m going to fulfill my father’s wishes… even though he just fucked me over something fierce’ and in the ending, he was all ‘I am so betrayed, how could Myobu do this to me… how could my father do this to me’. It was extremely frustrated because HE was the one who made all his decisions NOT Myobu or his father. KITSUNE is the reason he is where he is but instead, he blamed Myobu for lying to him and making him do what he did and his father for tricking him. I was FURIOUS when he thought that because Myobu was the one who was fucked over by Kitsune, not the other way around.
Another issue I had, I honestly felt like a quarter of the story was very pointless. I hated the POV from Saxma and honestly thought they didn’t offer anything to the story. I also felt like the journal entries from some long ago woman was pointless as well. Yes, it gave an explanation to the Wastelands but that never went anywhere so learning WHY they’re the Wastelands was honestly not necessary as Kitsune and Myobu spent all of give seconds there. I ended up skimming some scenes because they ultimately were not necessary for the overall story line. Plus, I knew from the beginning how this was going to end just based on how placidly Kitsune accepted his situation from the beginning without even questioning any of it. I hoped that I was wrong but ultimately, Kitsune didn’t think for himself, he blindly followed the edict of someone he knew was wrong and knew he shouldn’t do but still did it because he thought he could change his father’s mind, which really pissed me off.
Add to that, the ending… for all those who hate cliffhangers DON’T read this one just yet. Wait until the rest of the series comes out or you’ll be very frustrated (like me) because where the story ends, leaves a lot to be desired for me. Basically, I felt like this almost 300 page book, could have ended elsewhere so it didn’t seem like we really went nowhere because, in the end, Kitsune is in the same exact situation as he is at the beginning of the book…. still banished and alone.
All in all, I loved and hated this book. I hate that this review sounds so negative but I’m so frustrated it’s soooo hard to express the good parts of the story. I loved Myobu, I loved the moments with Kitsune’s mother and I loved Kitsune while he’s getting to know himself and Myobu on their journey through Odom. This cliffhanger of a story had a lot to be desired with Kitsune in the beginning and end and an issue with scenes that did not move the story along at all. However, with all that said, I would still read the sequel because I MUST know what happens next. I want to see how Kitsune deals with his grief and how Myobu plays a part in it. But again, this story has a CLIFFHANGER so if you’re not a fan of those, wait until the next book is out. Otherwise, for this who don’t have issues with cliffhangers, give it a go and hopefully you’ll love it.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*