|Basara by Yumi Tamura (it has a graphic violence and candid love scenes)|
This is a story of the prophesied Child of Destiny,Tatara, who will save the country from tyrannical rule of the Royal Empire. The birth of this child gives hope to everyone who hopes of freedom and a new nation. It was set in Japan after the global apocalypse, which made the country more remote and primitive than before. Japan was divided to four regions and ruled by the four colored Kings: White, Black, Blue, and Red, the four wicked sons of the cruel Emperor.
The child of destiny, Tatara, was born in one of the villages in the south which ruled by the young Red King, Shuri, a hard and ruthless young man. Threaten by the fact that there’s someone on his land who will lead a rebellion, the Red King raid the village and beheaded this ‘people messiah’, Tatara.
But Tatara has an identical twin named Sarasa, she took over her brother’s position and vows to revenge and to see her brother’s vision through, she takes his identity and begins to build the revolution to reclaim the country under the claws of the Royal Empire including the four sons, especially her mortal enemy, the Red King who killed her twin brother and raid her village. Initially,I honestly picked this up because of the hint of gender bender plot. I’m a sucker of gender bender genre and I love strong willed woman in a storyline. However as I was reading this, I cannot put it down and kept looking forward to each chapter with much curiosity, excitement, and anticipation. The whole story, not only the gender bender part, totally blown me away.
On Sarasa's journey to fulfill her vow, she met this smart but obnoxious young man, they usually meet in a hot spring where she let her hair down and be a woman. They meet in mostly oddly places and they just know each other’s name Shuri and Sarasa! Not knowing they were the Red King and Tatara!! And this fact excites me the most! Their frequent meeting chances blossoms into romance and they fall deeply in love and even promise to marry someday. As their love for each other grow, their hatred also grow towards one another unaware of their true identities and here where the sweet and agonizing love story begun.
Their Poignant Face Off
Inked with Love and Passion,