Book Title: Hotsuka’s Story
Book Author: J. F. Mehentee
Source: Bought on Amazon
Rating: 5 Dragon Paws
I had three visitors during that awful time of helplessness: the first was my enemy, the second a goddess with child and, finally, my only friend, a Djinni.
No longer a celestial, Hotsuka must quickly adapt to life as a human if he’s to save his newborn son. Things go from bad to worse when he learns that he’s at the centre of a cosmic plan to change the universe forever. Not everyone, however, wants change…
Hotsuka’s Story is the first of six novellas in the epic fantasy Dragon Pearl series. Set in a world that borrows from Asian and Middle Eastern mythologies, and where gods and humans exist alongside one another, each novella describes the events that culminate in the Takeo Sura Pearl novels: Tamuda Rising and The Four-Day War.
Earlier this year, I mentioned one book to be in my top ten for the year. I don’t think that I mentioned another in the top category until this one. This one falls in my top ten for sure.
It was a great surprise.
First of all, I love the cover. It’s a professional looking cover with a dragon on it. I mean seriously, who can say no to a book if there’s a dragon on the cover?
Second of all, I’m really impressed with the story telling. At first, I was a bit confused at what Hotsuka did to get his punishment and the author did a great job bringing up what happened. I do have to say that for a long time, I thought Hotsuka to be a jackass, but then as the story moves forward and years fly by, one can start to understand him and why did what he did though, it still doesn’t excuse his actions.
Oh, of course, what I liked about Hotsuka is that he made mistakes and a lot of them! It’s been a long time for me reading about flawed characters. It was good to see that he learned from his mistakes and I believe that one of my favorite lessons that he learned is about forgiveness.
Many of us need to learn that lesson.
Hey! Here’s the best part. When you reach the end, you get to subscribe to the author’s newsletter. Maybe, not your cup of tea, but you do get book 2 in the series!!! I already have it on my kindle and will find time to read because frankly speaking…my TBR list is growing.
I highly recommend this book to those who like fiction with mythology take. This one takes on Asian and Middle Eastern methodologies and intervenes them pretty well into the story line. There’s infatuation, confusion, interest, fear, anger, and many more emotions. Take a chance on this fantastic author and read his work!