English Title: The Twelve Kingdoms
Japanese Title: 十二国記 — Juuni Kokuki — “The Twelve Kingdoms”
Author: Fuyumi Ono
Illustrator: Akihiro Yamada
Translator: Alexander Smith
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Romance
Original Run: 1992 – ongoing
English Run: 2008 – 2010
English Publisher: Tokyopop
Volumes Published in English: 4 (Discontinued)
Synopsis: Except for her red hair, Yoko Nakajima is a typical, obedient Japanese high-school student. Her life is fairly ordinary—that is, until Keiki, a unicorn in the guise of a young blond-haired boy, tells her that she is his master and must return to their kingdom. When the boy mysteriously vanishes, Yoko is left alone, confused, and wandering through a foreign land with nothing to help protect her save a magic sword and a magic stone. When Keiki suddenly appears at Yoko’s school, little does she realize that her life is about to change. Lost in a strange land–without a map—and demons on her trail, Yoko begins her quest for both survival and self-discovery.
Note: The light novels were released in both hardcover and paperback formats. Check to see which version you’re getting when you order online, as prices can vary between the two.
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