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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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05/20/2008 Archived Entry: "Yaoi Novel Review: Eternal Love"

Eternal Love
Story by: Mizumi Takaoka
Art by: Yukariko Jissohji
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-711-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-711-1

Review by Kris

I had no idea whether I was going to like this book. The cover has two very handsome men clad in Middle Eastern garb and one of those guys is wearing women's clothing. Because it was all white, I figured they were decked out in wedding clothes. Also the Middle East has not been a part of the world that I've been interested in. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Six years ago Tomoyuki Makabe was attending Cambridge University studying economics when he met the handsome, charismatic Aswil al-Murshid. They had sworn their love to one another and spent one amazing year with each other. One day Aswil disappeared very quickly but left Tomoyuki with a promise that he would come and get him.

In the present Tomoyuki is sent on a business trip to London because he speaks both English and Arabic. It turns out that the meeting was a fraud and Tomoyuki is kidnapped from the airport.

When Tomoyuki awakens he notices that he is in a strange room. When he looks out the window, he notices that he is in an oasis in the middle of a desert. Soon his former flame Aswil comes in and treats him lovingly telling him that he is fulfilling his promise. There seems to be something different about Aswil. Tomoyuki is determined to get home to Japan. But whenever Aswil is around he loses his resolve. It turns out that Aswil is the son of the King of Madina and he is next in line to the throne. Not only that Aswil is engaged to be married so he can the recieve the crown from his ailing father. Will Tomoyuki escape or will Aswil bewitch him once again? You'll have to check out Eternal Love to find out.

Like I stated earlier. I didn't think I was going to like this story, but in all honesty, I loved it. The story is intense but sweet. You wonder if Tomoyuki and Aswil will be able to be together. You find the good in all of the characters, even though on the surface they seem cold and uncaring. It is a touching story in an interesting setting. Even though there isn't much mention of Islam, the major religion was constantly floating around in my brain knowing that homosexuality is forbidden. That actually heightened the intesity of the story. There wasn't much sex and the little there was was at the beginning. The major naughty scene is in the bonus chapter entitled "Heaven." This was truly an amazing book. I took it with me to work to read on breaks and lunch and I wanted to read instead of working. There were a couple of sentences sprinkled throughout th book that were kind of confusing and I didn't know if that was a translation/editing error or idiocy on my part (it was probably the latter). Other than that I recommend this book very highly!

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