Saturday 18 December 2021

Book Review: Kamusari Tales Told at Night by Miura Shion (Contemporary Fiction)

Title: Kamusari Tales Told at Night
Author:  Miura Shion
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Publication Date: 10 May 2022
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

It’s been a year since Yuki Hirano left home―or more precisely, was booted from it―to study forestry in the remote mountain village of Kamusari. Being a woodsman is not the future he imagined, but his name means “courage,” and Yuki hopes to live up to it. He’s adapting to his job and learning constantly. In between, he records local legends―tales pulsing with life, passion, and wondrous gods. Kamusari has other charms as well. One of them is Nao.

Yuki’s crush on the only other young single person in the village isn’t a secret. Yet how impressed can she be with someone at least five years younger who makes less money and doesn’t even own a car? More daunting, she’s in love with another man. Finally finding his place among the villagers, a feeling deepened by his crush, Yuki seems headed for a dream life of adventure and camaraderie―and Nao could be the missing piece of that dream.


It was great to return to the world of Kamusari in this second book, Kamusari Tales Told at Night. In this volume, we learn more about the the customs of the villagers and we see the continuation of Yuki's courtship of Nao. Like the first book, this is a quick, light read that will make you smile, even if the humour gets a bit cheesy at times. If you haven't read The Easy Life in Kamusari, I would recommend starting with that one before picking up this one, to give you the background of Yuki's arrival in the village. I think the first book was a bit more impactful than this second instalment--certainly there was more 'action' in the plot--but Kamusari Tales Told at Night was enjoyable nonetheless.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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