Book Reviews of Kingdom of Selfish Love (Yaoi)

Kingdom of Selfish Love (Yaoi)
Kingdom of Selfish Love - Yaoi
Author: Yamila Abraham
ISBN-13: 9780976744108
ISBN-10: 0976744104
Publication Date: 5/2005
Pages: 152
Rating:
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
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2.7 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Yaoi Press
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a couple of boy's love/yaoi stories. Main story concerns Rhane, the rightful heir to the throne, who has traveled for three years after his father's death as a rite of passage to adulthood and to get away from his half-brother Duran, who had abused and terrified him while they were growing up. While Rhane travels, Duran usurps the throne.

Rhane has to go back and de-throne his brother, with the help of a faithful retainer and a newly acquired slave boy, who also teaches Rhane the meaning of love and helps Rhane discover his own self-confidence.

Second story is the story of a genie and wishes granted.

Personally, I was a bit unsatisfied with this book. Although the storylines were interesting enough, both were too short and could've used some more fleshing out. Also, the main character of Rhane never was compelling enough for me to feel much sympathy for his plight and he never does get a real personality. Duran, the villain of the main piece, is the most vivid character in the book.

Also, I have an issue with the artwork in Yaoipress books. Yaoipress publishes Original English Language manga and it seems to me that they never quite meet the standards set by the Japanese publishers. This book is no exception, the cover artwork gives a good idea of the linework within.

It's a quick read, but suffers from the lower quality artwork typical of the publisher, and the stories are too short to really attract much interest.