This is a strange little gem of a story, which I wasn’t sure if I liked at first. A lot of fairly graphic violence occurs near the story’s beginning, before I had formed a connection to or empathy with the main protagonist, ‘Tadashi’. However, Tadashi’s immense gentleness and love of the creatures on the Mountainside where he lives plus, his horror at what he has done and how, encouraged me to read on and started to remind me of Japanese Kitsune mythology.
Tadashi’s internment alone in the temple to Inari that he tends, mirrors the internment of Japanese nationals by the US authorities in the Second World war, which caused the death of Tadashi’s lover. This is a very enjoyable fantasy novel and I really loved the growing but impossible relationship between ‘Berg’ and Tadashi. A squirrel called ‘Kou’ almost steals every scene he is in, and provides a comic but poignant layer to this tale.
I have been very lucky with my review books recently, in that typos, editing and grammar have not been an issue at all, and this book is no different. This meant I could relax and enjoy the story. I always think it is gross arrogance of a reviewer to say ‘I wish this could be longer or shorter etc.’ unless to merely say that they wished to extend the enjoyment…and I would hate, as an author, to be told how my characters should be. However, as I do not believe this book is to have a sequel I was a little disappointed with the ending and some inconsistencies, which left me with a few niggling questions. I can’t really detail those questions here or I will spoil the read for others. They were important enough to this reader for me to give Internment 4 rather than 5 stars.
However, this is a very enjoyable fantasy and I would recommend this read to any others who like me, wish to disappear into a slightly different world on occasion.