(book cover links to Goodreads)

Keywords: alternate world, wish battle, psychological/ emotional


Young Wataru Mitani’s life is a mess. His family has problems they never told him about, a new student at school upsets everything he knows about the world, and a girl’s voice rings in his mind all hours of the night. Desperately he searches for some way to change his life; a way to alter his fate.

To achieve his goal, he must navigate the magical world of Vision, a land filled with creatures both fierce and friendly. And to complicate matters, he must outwit a merciless rival from the real world.

Wataru’s ultimate destination is the Tower of Destiny where a Goddess of fate awaits. Only when he has finished his journey and collected five elusive gemstones will he possess the Demon’s Bane; the key that will unlock his future.

Charity, bravery, faith, grace and the power of darkness and light: these are the provinces of each gemstone. Brought together, they have the immeasurable power to change Wataru’s life.

You know how everyone has their book. Well, this is one of my books. It’s one of my absolute favorites. Dark, fantastic, emotional, gripping, and haunting.

Wataru and Mitsuru are just such wonderful and responsive characters that you really and truly feel for their struggles. The supporting cast each serves a important role as guardian, guide, or reminder of hope and love. And that world-building, my gods, Miyuki is a master of fantasy worlds. And of mixing the mundane with the fantastic.

There are so many emotions woven into the words and the world and the characters that I just could not put the book down the first time I read it. The first. Yes, this eight hundred page whopper has been read at least four times since I got it.

Very glad I read this before seeing the animated film (don’t watch it) which completely missed the story, the characters, and the beauty of Vision and Brave Story.


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