Cold Trilogy 2: Cold Light

February 29, 2012

Narise Konohara – DMP / June – 2010 – 3 volumes
this is a novel

Oh, Narise Konohara. This book. I don’t even know what to say about this. The Cold trilogy started last volume, with Tohru waking up from an accident with amnesia, and the story is told from Tohru’s point of view while he gets himself back on his feet. The history between he and his roommate, Fujishima, is left ambiguous intentionally by Fujishima. This time, the story is told from the cold and remote Fujishima’s point of view, and we find out everything. Now, I thought the change in perspective was interesting, and I was delighted when I started the volume. Fujishima really is a strange and quiet man, and I loved the opportunity to get into his head.

Until his flashback started. I don’t even like admitting I finished this book.

Strike one: Child abuse. Fujishima’s mother physically and emotionally abused him as a child. Borderline sexual abuse also occurs, though his mother never actually touches him sexually. We also find out that Fujishima is the product of an incestuous relationship. Major, major child abuse also happens to Tohru.

Strike two: Tohru is his adopted brother. In the context of the story, this wasn’t really a huge issue though, since they didn’t grow up together and Fujishima was a senior in high school when Tohru came to his house.

Strike three: Fujishima still had sexual fantasies about Tohru when the two moved in together. I’ll leave Tohru’s age to your imagination, though I will say that as adults, their age gap is rather minimal.

This happens all the time! I hate it when I really get into a BL book, and then things like this happen. Usually it’s rape. But as I’ve said before, I like Narise Konohara for her ability to write about reluctant couples getting together without using non-con. And she does! There’s no non-con here!

After the lengthy flashback ends, the story snaps back to the present, with Tohru taking care of Fujishima after his stabbing at the end of the last volume (bonus soap opera points!). Tohru constantly tries to push a relationship on Fujishima, and although it’s obvious Fujishima has feelings for Tohru, Fujishima continues to turn him down. Fujishima is afraid of what will happen when Tohru gets his memories back and he realizes that he grew up hating Fujishima.

Fujishima’s crazy mom appears in both the past and present. She’d be a great character if her insanity didn’t focus mostly on her son. She really is absolutely insane, both then and now. Too crazy, in fact, and I think if she had been dialed down a notch or two, she would have made a great villain.

You know, I’ll probably read the third in the trilogy. Now that the flashback’s over, I know it won’t be nearly as awful as this. The problem is… one of Konohara’s weaknesses is that her couples get a little boring after they hook up, which they kind of are now in the Cold Trilogy. I’m hoping for some more drama about Tohru getting his memory back, but… I mean, it’s not like this series hasn’t surprised me before. Take that as you will.

3 Responses to “Cold Trilogy 2: Cold Light”

  1. Kris Says:

    Oh, there’s PLENTY more drama to be had. I somehow managed to get all the way through the third book of this series, despite it being just about the most awful thing I’ve ever read.

  2. Kris Says:

    You thought that the second volume is hard to get through you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. It’s definitely a tough one to read. Good Luck!

  3. Connie Says:

    Okay, I’m more than a little scared now. I bought it, so I’m reading it anyway, but… ugh.

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