‘Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers,’ known as ‘Rokka no Yūsha,‘ in Japan is a 2011 series of fantasy fiction light novels by Japanese author Ishio Yamagata. It was serialized in the Super Dash Bunko magazine.
The world is bracing for the return of the Evil god, centuries after the goddess of Fate sealed him and his army of demon fiends on an island. However, fiends are attacking the kingdoms again, prompting the rise of the prophesied warriors known as the Six Braves. Adlet Mayer, the self-styled ‘world’s strongest man’ meets up with Princess Nashetania after discovering they are both Braves. They journey together and meet-up with the others: the “Gunpowder Saint” Fremy Speeddraw, “Swamp Saint” Chamo Rosso, “Mountains Saint” Mora Chester, the assassin Hans Humpty, and the princess’ bodyguard Goldof Auora. All seven arrive at the meeting place and get trapped in a mystical fog. There is just one problem. There should only be six. One of them is a traitor, working with the Evil god to kill the real Braves. Because of his outsider status, Adlet is accused and is forced to go on the run while the others search him, wanting to kill him.
I previously reviewed the anime that this is based on. The plot is identical to this first volume, so I will reiterate my comments with some new anecdotes.
The is pretty exciting and gets you hooked from beginning to end. The series protagonist Adlet was less annoying at than the show, so you connected with him a little faster. I enjoyed the twists, turns, and suspense of the whole situation as it plays off very well. The book has a little bit moe detail on the lore than the anime, so you felt more in tune with the plot and the world in general. I am looking forward to reading future entries.
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