Hotsuka's Story

Hotsuka's Story

by J F Mehentee

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Hotsuka's Story by J F Mehentee

"I had three visitors during that awful time of helplessness: the first was my enemy, the second a goddess with child and, finally, my only friend, a Djinni."

No longer a celestial, Hotsuka must quickly adapt to life as a human if he's to save his newborn son. Things go from bad to worse when he learns that he's at the centre of a cosmic plan to change the universe forever. Not everyone, however, wants change...

Hotsuka's Story is the first of six novellas in the epic fantasy Dragon Pearl series. Set in a world that borrows from Asian and Middle Eastern mythologies, and where gods and humans exist alongside one another, each novella describes the events that culminate in the Takeo Sura Pearl novels: Tamuda Rising and The Four-Day War.

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BN ID: 2940158735585
Publisher: P in C Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2017
Series: The Dragon Pearl Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 342,411
File size: 829 KB

About the Author

J F Mehentee is a British-born Asian with Persian ancestry. A lifelong reader of fantasy and science fiction, he’s always looking for ways to combine his interest in Asian and Middle Eastern mythology with storytelling.

After spending three years in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he now lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he writes full-time—all the while dreaming of one day playing jazz flute like Ron Burgundy. To learn more, visit

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Hotsuka's Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Stacyb327 More than 1 year ago
A Tibetan story of how your actions have consequences. Not a usual read for me. It wad good none the less, a little slow to start but pulls you in once you get going. Curious to see what happens next....
Stacyb327 More than 1 year ago
A Tibetan story of how your actions have consequences. Not a usual read for me. It wad good none the less, a little slow to start but pulls you in once you get going. Curious to see what happens next....
amartinez87 More than 1 year ago
An interesting story about how one man’s moment of weakness has far reaching consequences and unexpected results. I haven’t read anything quite like this, it was interesting and complex. I enjoyed how interconnected everything was and how the story played out. I look forward to seeing what happens next.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite Hotsuka is a Meijin, an immortal incorporeal being tasked with exploring the universe and all the life forms contained in it. Hotsuka's Story by J.F. Mehentee is the first book in the Dragon Pearl series and tells how Hotsuka wakes in the depths of a black cave, alone, weak, and helpless until he is visited by Lord Takeo, Father Meijin himself. Lord Takeo, displaying an anger that knows no bounds, demands an explanation for Hotsuka's unspeakable conduct. Here the story unfolds to reveal that Hotsuka had become infatuated with Shernaz, a beautiful human who is now expecting his child. As a punishment for his actions, Hotsuka is condemned to spend the remainder of his life within the cave until the world comes to an end. But this is not to be. Before long, Hotsuka is released by the Queen of Patalama, and, assisted by Tenshi, a Djinni who becomes a close friend, he comes back into the world as a human, albeit with some latent powers which he must learn to harness and control. His first imperative is to find Shernaz and his son, but discovering that his son has been adopted, he heads off in search of him. Tenshi cautions him that finding his son is not his true purpose and that he must learn to read the skein of time in order to discover his destiny, the reason he has been released, and the reason that both he and his son have been allowed to live. This is a task that will take him many years, involve him in numerous adventures, including a period as a monk, before the final astonishing denouement in which the future of the Meijin, the world, and the universe itself may never be the same again. Hotsuka's Story is a fantastic piece of fiction anchored in the myths and legends of India, China, and the Far East. It is a multi-layered tale steeped in Asian folklore, but remarkably clear and intelligible for a Western reader. The narrative is delivered in the first person and, using this technique, Mr Mehentee, who is an accomplished and capable author, has succeeded in presenting what could have been a rather complex tale in a straightforward, coherent way. I thoroughly enjoyed Hotsuka's Story and look forward to reading the following episodes in the Dragon Pearl series, of which there are six in total. An original and highly recommended work of fantasy for all fans of the genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hotsuka’s Story – Jehangir Mehentee (Book received as an ARC) Hotsuka’s Story is the first in a series of novellas. It tells of a divine being who falls in love with a mortal woman, and has to deal with the consequences that befall both himself and others, and the gradual discovery that the whole situation has deeper roots and more far-reaching effects than he could imagine. It is a gently paced, frequently charming, often tragic tale. The world is depicted with an astonishing level of detail for a novella, drawing from a range of mythologies to create a setting as complex as embroidery. It touches on the nature of the difference between the human and the divine, and the consequences of power in the hands of those who fear change – a very salient point at this time in human history. Intelligent, considered, and rich, it makes an intriguing introduction to this intensely imagined world. Gaie Sebold
David Gullen More than 1 year ago
Hotsuka, an immortal being, falls in love with a mortal woman. In punishment he is banished, imprisoned, tortured, and finally stripped of his powers and made near-human himself. Despite this he is still intimately involved in a great power-play among the ruling immortals because he has changed that game. As a result of his affair there is a child, half human and half god. While some immortals want to destroy Hotsuka, others protect him. As he lives his life as a human Hotsuka begins to understand the great harm he has done to the mortal woman he loved, and the risks to his child. This is a highly readable, engaging and smart story of becoming aware of consequences and living with them, and how sometimes amends cannot be made. Set in a richly-detailed world Hotsuka’s Story is an original and imaginative tale. If you are looking for intelligent and beautifully-written fantasy in an Asian/Eastern mythological setting I strongly recommend this book. Hotsuka’s Story is the first of six books in the Dragon Pearl series. I read this as an ARC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a beautiful read! The eponymous Hotsuka is caught between two identities, that of the Meijin, eternal, celestial creatures and fragile humans. As so many other godly creatures from mythologies all over the world, he seeks to experience what it means to be human. In the process he commits a severe mistake, and the book follows his journey to redeem the mistake which has broken the rules of the universe and upset its balance forever. The universe in Hotsuka’s Story is vast and sprawling in both time and space. Inhabited by gods and humans, merchants and monks, djinns and shamans, it is a world whose many secrets are gradually revealed to Hotsuka and to the reader. It is a story about the opportunities and limitations of the human mind, free will and destiny, admitting and overcoming weakness, mistakes and their redemption, and the search for knowledge and wisdom. All is told in a measured, matter-of-fact prose, where every word appears carefully selected for its purpose. It is poetic, but never sentimental; observant in its level of detail but without losing sight of its direction. It is a crisp and elegant saga that always maintains its earthy qualities.