We learn more about The Tribe and their militant structural need for complete obedience from it’s members. At the end of Book 1, Takeo made an agreement with The Tribe – to join them willingly for their assistance. We pick up right where we left off at the end of Book 1 and follow along on Takeo’s shoulder as he undergoes basic training, Tribe style. He’s in for a rough time, as he has already made Tribe enemies.
Kaede is understandably deeply saddened at Takeo’s choice. She returns home to find her mother has passed, her sisters are near-strangers, her father lives in disgrace with addled wits, and the family in whole is impoverished. And this is where Kaede starts to shine – by taking control of the situation. Her character was interesting in Book 1, but definitely was less developed than Takeo’s; it was good to see her develop into a strong woman of her own.
What I Liked: How the book bounces back and forth in point of view between Kaede and Takeo; learning more of The Tribe, Takeo’s powers, Kaede’s strength; the beautiful, simple language of the story.
What I Disliked: Occasionally, I feel like Nakasone paces herself too slowly in reading (of course, this may just be my eagerness to enjoy the story).