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Honoo no Mirage (Mirage of Blaze) is a complexly-plotted novel which incorporates a large number of elements, including romantic melodrama, historical politics and supernatural fantasy. Japanese history predominates the heavily structured story-line, which mainly involves the continued aggression between power-wielding guardians ('possessors'), and the denizens of a 'feudal underworld'- a group of restless souls belonging to long-dead samurai from the warring states period who are attempting to re-ignite those age-old wars in present-day Japan.
1: Honoo no Shinkirou (炎の蜃気楼) 2: Aka no Zanei (緋の残影) 3: Garasu no Komoriuta (硝子の子守歌) 4: Kohaku no Ryūseigun (琥珀の流星群) 5: Mahoroba no Ryūjin (まほろばの龍神) 6: Hasha no Ma Kagami 1 (覇者の魔鏡(前編)) 7: Hasha no Ma Kagami 2 (覇者の魔鏡(中編)) 8: Hasha no Ma Kagami 3 (覇者の魔鏡(後編)) 9: Minagiwa no Hangyakusha (みなぎわの反逆者) 10: Wadatsumi no Yōkihi 1 (わだつみの楊貴妃(前編)) 11: Wadatsumi no Yōkihi 2 (わだつみの楊貴妃(中編)) 12: Wadatsumi no Yōkihi 3 (わだつみの楊貴妃(後編)) 13: Yomi e no Kazaana 1 (黄泉への風穴(前編)) 14: Yomi e no Kazaana 2 (黄泉への風穴(後編)) 15: Hiwa no Ōkoku 1 (火輪の王国(前編)) 16: Hiwa no Ōkoku 2 (火輪の王国(中編)) 17: Hiwa no Ōkoku 3 (火輪の王国(後編)) 18: Hiwa no Ōkoku Reppū-hen (火輪の王国 烈風編) 19: Hiwa no Ōkoku Retsu Tō-hen (火輪の王国 烈濤編) 20: Jūjika o Daite Nemure (十字架を抱いて眠れ) 21: Retsumyō no Hoshi (裂命の星) 22: Sakigake no Maji (魁の蠱) 23: Onshū no Mon Oumi-hen (怨讐の門 青海編) 24: Onshū no Mon Shakkū-hen (怨讐の門 赤空編) 25: Onshū no Mon Hakurai-hen (怨讐の門 白雷編) 26: Onshū no Mon Kurohi-hen (怨讐の門 黒陽編) 27: Onshū no Mon Kōjō-hen (怨讐の門 黄壌編) 28: Onshū no Mon Hakai-hen (怨讐の門 破壊編) 29: Mugen Jōdo (無間浄土) 30: Akaru hen Mokushiroku I Nachi no Shō (変黙示録 I 那知の章) 31: Akaru hen Mokushiroku II Nuno-to no Shō (耀変黙示録 II 布都の章) 32: Akaru hen Mokushiroku III Yata no Shō (耀変黙示録 III 八咫の章) 33: Akaru hen Mokushiroku IV Jinmu no Shō (耀変黙示録 IV 神武の章) 34: Akaru hen Mokushiroku V Tenma no Shō (耀変黙示録 V 天魔の章) 35: Akaru hen Mokushiroku VI Ranka no Shō (耀変黙示録 VI 乱火の章) 36: Akaru hen Mokushiroku VII Nigoyabu no Shō (耀変黙示録 VII 濁破の章) 37: Kakumei no Kane wa Naru (革命の鐘は鳴る) 38: Ashura no Maegami (阿修羅の前髪) 39: Kaminari no Ikusaba (神鳴りの戦場) 40: Senoku no Yoruwokoete (千億の夜をこえて)
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Best BL novel ever.
Years had passed since I've read the first 20+ novels that were available in english translation... and here I am still thinking this is the best novel ever. The storyline was just so good.. I am not a fan of historical stuff but this series... is deep in terms of it but I don't mind at all. Love all the drama and psychological things happening.. And the plot twist which happens around novel 20+ was just damn good. Idk how many times I've cried while reading this novel and by just remembering this novel like now.. It is just so beautiful. The end was beautiful and sad... but perfect. If I have to say what's the one thing in BL that changed my life, it would be this novel.
The Most Beautiful Novel
I just could say that, this is the best BL novel that I have read.. And it's really a heartbreaking story.. The love story between Takaya and Naoe is truly beautiful, painful, and sad.. The emotions of the characters are written perfectly, made the reader can get their feeling. No matter how many times I read it, I always end with crying.. And it's more beautiful than the anime and OVA because those two are just an introduction in the novel. I highly recommended this novel..
... Last updated on November 4th, 2012, 4:45am
This for me is by far the most beautiful, heart-wrenching BL novel out there..... if you are a fan of angst then this is for you.....the end was soooooo painful until now i have'nt really read it..i just skimmed through the pages...coz' every time i tried to seriously read it...my eyes blurred with tears....i think i need a few days off from work when i read this because i need a few crying days before i can get over it....
Love 400 years in the making
No other BL comes close. This novel explains a lot of things, love most especially. All of the characters are well-developed, every scenario very detailed, and every heart-wrenching situation told in the most sensible and profound way. This novel is deep and touching. It's just sad that not many people know about this.
I want to thank all of the translators who made an effort in translating the novel. There are many websites out there with translations. (Asphodel is a great site and there are livejournal translators too.)
Better than everything else in the BL world
This isn't a story with just happy happy and sexing, everyone. This is perfection - or at least, in my opinion, it is. The anime did play a good attempt at trying to show the big web of a mess, but it only showed it from (mostly) Naoe's point of view. Having been introduced to Mirage of Blaze by the anime, I was surprised to find out that it was also very much Takaya/Kagetora's fault when reading the novels. And this only makes my respect and reverence for this title go only higher.
If there is one way to say anything about anything regarding shonen-ai or yaoi with plot, Mirage of Blaze is the best you can get. It's deep, and very psychological and so Naoe and Takaya's relationship hits you right there. At first, you will believe it to be Naoe's fault, but then as you go in deeper, you will see that the relationship between Kagetora and Naoe stretch far deeper into roots like that, so manipulated and just screwed up. Their relationship is more than messed up, and what Naoe did was because of what Kagetora did, and then there is Takaya who doesn't know where he fits into the equation until he regains Kagetora's memories.
The novels are wonderfully written, even if there is like a huge gap of a number of volumes untranslated. If you take the time to read them, you can definitely manage to pick out some scenes that effectively wretch at your heart.
One thing to note is that Asphodel's Haven has done a very good job in translations, but then there are 40 volumes of Mirage of Blaze. There seems to be a person who is translating/translated some of the more later volumes (the last time I checked was about last year, I believe), so a quick google search could help you out on that. So this is also a downside for you all to be in mind of.
... Last updated on June 10th, 2010, 5:25pm
This is one of the best yaoi novel that I like (the second is ai no kusabi) action, smut, drama, mixed into one that can playing your emotions! if only they make another ova or tv series. tv series & ova only up to volume 09. the truth is aftervolume 13 is the best part -___________-
Naoe x Takaya..it's really a tragic love story, but yet so beautiful. watch the anime first, and then read the novel!
... Last updated on January 11th, 2012, 10:01am
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