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11/02/2008 Entry: "Yaoi Novel Review: Dark Walker"

Dark Walker
Story by: Hikaru Yura
Illustrated by: Hirotaka Kisaragi
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-615-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-615-2

Review by Kris

Tomoki Naruse has the most vivid wet dreams. Not only does he feel amazing in his dreams, but those feelings seem to linger, literally. Nightly he waits in a fragrant field of flowers for his lover. He doesn't know their name. He doesn't know what they look like. One thing he does know, this lover isn't a chick. He enjoys the sex, nonetheless.

Tomoki is a high school student. He's kind of small, but he's quite feisty. He seems to be drawn to new student, Yuugo Oda. There is something mysterious about Yuugo. He seems to know quite a bit about Tomoki. The two become close friends and soon the feelings Tomoki has for Yuugo are much more complicated. It turns out that Tomoki and Yuugo are Dark Walkers. Dark Walkers are humans born with the ability to enter the dream realm called "The Depths of Dreams" while still aware of their consciousness.

Tomoki is unsure of this new awareness, but with Yuugo by his side Tomoki is ready to learn about this new ability. Tomoki is a rare breed of Dark Walker called a Barrier Master. Barrier Masters are very powerful and have abilities that other Dark Walkers don't possess. They are also sought out by demons. By Tomoki wakening to his destiny as a Dark Walker, danger is sure to follow.

Dark Walker is a book that I really enjoyed reading. I love fantasy-type stories. By combining a fantasy world and the yaoi-iverse makes the story very intriguing to me. According to author, Hikaru Yura-sensei, the story is based on the world created by Hirotaka Kisaragi-sensei. The manga series is a shonen title, but Yura-sensei wanted to create a yaoi themed fantasy within this fascinating world that Kisaragi-sensei imagined up. Kisaragi-sensei gave the OK and even offered up his services to illustrate the novel.

I found this to be a wholly unique story. I don't recall ever reading anything like it. It's a little confusing and I'm pretty sure I'm going to read this story again, so I hope it'll clear up the questions that still linger in my mind. The characters are so interesting and deep that I still find myself dwelling on the story. There are some things that are brought up but there isn't much in resolution. I don't know if this is a series, or if there will be any more books written. The character named Shana, Queen of the Underworld, is introduced, her motive for what she does is introduced, but there isn't much development of her situation. It seems a bit out of place. With the demon Kanan (introduced with Shana) his story is much more understandable and you can see why he has a beef with Shana. I hope that Yura-sensei plans on continuing the story and will flesh out these details more.

All in all, I highly recommend this novel for those who enjoy yaoi and modern fantasy. It was an exciting and interesting read. It grabbed me immediately and held me until the end, and I spent most of the time on the edge of my seat!

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