I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
I had forgotten how bloody this book was. Yoko ends up covered in blood a lot.
Yoko's introduction to the world of the Twelve Kingdoms is pretty terrible. I wish I could remember how long it takes before things start getting better for her. I know I still have at least one betrayal and some near-starvation (or maybe just bone-deep exhaustion?) to look forward to.