Review: The Black Blossom by C.J. Anaya
Life as an Imperial Princess is rife with danger, betrayal, and intrigue as Mikomi joins forces with a rebel group of samurai warriors in order to usurp the throne from her tyrannical father. To win this seemingly hopeless war, she must train with Musubi, a warrior in the rebel army, and learn the art of the sword without revealing her identity as The Healer.
Unbeknownst to her, Musubi harbors his own secret identity and personal agenda, both of which hold dark consequences for Mikomi’s future. Neither one can afford to share their secrets, nor can they ignore the powerful chemistry building between them.
Further complications arise at the arrival of her betrothed, Katsu, who must aid her in mastering control of her own gift before she ascends as a full kami on her eighteenth birthday. Katsu is not the cold-hearted warrior god she expected, but how can she spend eternity with a deity she may never love?
Determined to avoid her destiny, she spies on her father and his generals, collecting intelligence for the rebel army in the hope that one day the empire of Kagami will be liberated and her own future will be hers to control.
But I wasn’t listening. I wouldn’t listen to someone who valued life so little and behaved in such an unfeeling manner. The guards continued to hold the man in their arms while I placed my hands on either side of his head and connected with him. I gave instructions to his ki to heal the damage that time, age, and illness had caused and did my best to take away all of his pain. When I opened my eyes I was looking into his. They were beautiful and completely healed. “I cannot give you back your health as you were promised,” I said in a shaky voice. I raised my hand to his face and gently held it there. “But I can give you back your sight.
REVIEW: Mythology is ever present in our past, present and future. It is said that these stories told from different countries and different cultures, do have several similarities of truth that spread through every depiction. While, mythology is just what it entails within the word—MYTH—it does pose several questions and delivers beautiful and interesting tales of old. Anaya takes her readers into this world of Japanese mythology where gods and humans live as one…not very well…but they live together all the same. In order to become a fully immortal Kami, some have to sacrifice more than others…but what does one little girl have to do with the existence of the world as it currently is?
Mikomi is a seventeen year old girl who is known to everyone in her village as “The Healer”. She despises this name because it means that everyone cares about her title, but no one really cares about who she is, as a person. With all of the hardships that this little girl faces, her biggest and most dreaded task in life has yet to come. She is destined to heal the veil with her betrothed, a warrior god named Katsu. After finding another man who she would, no doubt, love to spend her life with…she has a huge dilemma on her hands. Her father, the emperor is a terrible god, horrible man and father as well as deceitful and manipulative in his ways of torture. In this fight against the rebels, he uses Mikomi as an instrument to heal his wounded soldiers and torture the enemy, but little does he know that she is making every attempt to gain knowledge for the rebels. Making it a nightly routine, Mikomi goes into the village to heal those in need of her services as well as train with Misubi, a warrior within the Samurai rebels. When her mother falls ill and is on the brink of death, he commands Mikomi to heal her…even though it could mean her life in exchange for her mother’s life. What decision will she make and how will the life of Mikomi play into the life of Hope, the new “Healer of the Veil”?
Anaya does a wonderful job with character development. Most of her characters are strong; however, there are still a few inconsistencies that may be awaiting the third book in the series before being made apparent. This story is entertaining, highly original and creative. It is a fast-paced novel, which makes it very easy to read. If you are interested in young adult fiction, mythology and/or paranormal genres, you may want to pick this series up. It is recommended that the first installment, The Healer, be read first before this second installment; however, if read in reverse, the series would still be easy to understand since both installments are based on two separate identities that merge into one, the past and present life of “The Healer”.
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C.J. Anaya is the bestselling author of The Healer Series and Marry Your Billionaire. She also enjoys assisting authors in writing, publishing, and marketing their books with her helpful non-fiction guides on amazon.
She’s a huge fan of The Mindy Project, Hugh Jackman, and binge eating any and all things chocolate. Who isn’t, right?
As a mother of four awesome children, C.J. is usually helping out with homework, fixing dance recital costumes, or delivering her kids to their karate classes so they can learn discipline, respect, and “…kick some serious butt, mom.” She loves writing entertaining reads for everyone to enjoy, and dabbles in singing and songwriting for kicks and giggles. Making out with her deliciously handsome Latin Lover-her hubby-is by far her most favorite extracurricular activity.