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Lonely Castle in the Mirror

By Mizuki Tsujimura and Philip Gabriel
Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura and Philip Gabriel digital book - Fable

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER! 

A Studio Ghibli-esque work of Japanese translation “that lays bare the anxieties and desperation—and the small triumphs—of adolescence” (Locus), for fans of Mieko Kawakami’s Heaven.

Seven students find unusual common ground in this warm, puzzle-like Japanese bestseller laced with gentle fantasy and compassionate insight.


Bullied to the point of dropping out of school, Kokoro’s days blur together as she hides in her bedroom, unable to face her family or friends. As she spirals into despair, her mirror begins to shine; with a touch, Kokoro is pulled from her lonely life into a resplendent, bizarre fairytale castle guarded by a strange girl in a wolf mask. Six other students have been brought to the castle, and soon this marvelous refuge becomes their playground. 

The castle has a hidden room that can grant a single wish, but there are rules to be followed, and breaking them will have dire consequences. As Kokoro and her new acquaintances spend more time in their new sanctuary, they begin to unlock the castle’s secrets and, tentatively, each other’s. 

Lonely Castle in the Mirror is a mesmerizing, heart-warming novel about the unexpected rewards of embracing human connection.

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“Zuallererst möchte ich mich für das Rezensionsexemplar bedanken, welches mir von Hayabusa bereitgestellt wurde. Dieser Fakt beeinflusst aber in keiner Weise meine persönliche Meinung zu diesem Buch. Der Post enthält Werbung und die Rechte liegen bei Hayabusa. Natürlich ist dies nur meine persönliche Meinung und nur weil ich diesem Buch diese Bewertung zukommen lassen, heißt es nicht, dass es auf jeden anderen zutrifft. Nachdem ich auf einer Lesung im Oktober war konnte ich es kaum erwarten dieses Mangas zu lesen. Der richtige Moment hat aber etwas lange auf sich warten lassen. Der Zeichenstil gefällt mir sehr. Man kommt super in die Geschichte rein und die Charaktere lassen sich schnell unterscheiden. Die Grundidee gefällt mir sehr und ich bin gespannt, wie sich die Geschichte im weiteren Verlauf entwickeln wird. Ich denke, dass ich doch noch an der ein oder anderen Stelle ein paar Tränen verdrucken werde! Fazit Ein toller Start!”
Slightly Smiling Face“Oh 🥺 I just loved this, even thought it brought back feelings of my own worries surrounding my time in education and struggling to form friendships. Tsujimura's writing is so beautiful, after the first 100 pages or so I was hooked. Some lovely, relatable characters and really heartwarming moments throughout the twists and turns in this novel. Magical and moving, a new favourite.”
Easy to readUnpredictableMagical settingComing of ageThought-provoking
“Incredible story, up there with my favorite books of all time.”

About Mizuki Tsujimura

Mizuki Tsujimura (????) lives in Tokyo and is a well-known author of bestselling mystery novels in Japan. Her groundbreaking novel Lonely Castle in the Mirror combines elements of Japanese fantasy with highly relevant themes of emotional wellbeing and friendship. It won the coveted Japan Booksellers' Award, voted by booksellers as the book they most like to sell, and became an instant no.1 bestseller in Japan, selling over half a million copies. Tsujimura has also won the Naoki prize for her work. Rights have sold across the world.

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