Writer/Artist:Mizumi Takaoka / Yukariko Jissohji
Translated by:Translation by Design
What They Say
Tomoyuki was headed to England for work, but during an attempted robbery he is rendered unconscious. When he opens his eyes he's in a palace in the desert?! Seems like the thieves were after more than just his wallet. Brought to the Kingdom of Madina for the pleasure of their future king, Aswile, Tomoyuki protests at being abducted and locked in the palace, but he is easily pacified by a single kiss. Will Tomoyuki let the arrogant Aswile continue to toy with him?
Kidnapping, dramatic escapes into the desert, and an arrogant prince - what could possibly go wrong?
DMP's books have a very nice presentation overall, with nicely bright pages, clear printing, and good art reproduction. The color page at the beginning is a nice touch as well.
While not as clunky as some of DMP's other novel translation, this still doesn't flow as cleanly as it should, with some rough points that could have used a bit more polishing. Still, it is an improvement, and was definitely readable.
Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Six years previously, Tomoyuki met the arresting Aswil when they were both students, and fell in love. When the time came for Aswil to return to his homeland, he made Tomoyuki a promise - he would return for him. Shortly after that, Tomoyuki learned that Aswil was the heir to the kingdom of Madina, and engaged to marry a beautiful woman. These revelations stunned Tomoyuki, and left him bitter in ways he himself didn't even realize - until the day that Aswil came back into his life.
Intent on keeping his promise even in the face of Tomoyuki's possible disagreement, so he goes about it in an incredibly arrogant fashion and kidnaps Tomoyuki while he's on a business trip. Waking up unexpectedly in a palace in Madina doesn't put Tomoyuki in the best of moods, and rather than being happy to see his old lover, he's angry at the high-handed way he was treated, angry about being abandoned for the past six years, and angry at the fact that he's still so vulnerable to Aswil.
In the face of Arabic disapproval, a royal succession, Aswil's real fiance, and danger on all sides, will Tomoyuki be able to swallow his own pride and love Aswil again, or will Aswil's supreme arrogance destroy them both?
This was a surprisingly fun little book, as long as I didn't try to take it too seriously. The situations that Tomoyuki found himself in were more than slightly absurd - an escape into the desert on a horse? Really? - but this isn't the sort of book you're supposed to take seriously. And Tomoyuki was a really great character, trying to do what he felt was right even in the face of serious pressure and his own desires. Aswil wasn't quite as convincing - he did the arrogant desert prince thing just fine, but the attempts to make him seem like the nice guy that Tomoyuki fell in love with felt contrived.
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a little adventure to go with their BL reading, or anyone looking for a pleasant distraction. It's pure fluffy brain-candy, but occasionally that's just the sort of thing I'm in the mood to read. But if you're looking for any kind of realistic depiction of Arabic culture, I'd advise you to stay far away from this one.