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ICO: Castle in the Mist (Haikasoru) [Paperback]

Miyuki Miyabe
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15 Sep 2011 Haikasoru
The Castle of the Mist calls for a sacrifice: a horned child, born once a generation. When, on a single night in his thirteenth year, Ico's horns grew long and curved, he knew his time had come. But why does the Castle of the Mist demnd this offering, andcan the castle keep Ico's destiny from intertwining with that of the girl imprisioned within his walls?

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421540630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421540634
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miyuki Miyabe's first novel was published in 1987. Since that time, she has become one of Japan's most popular and bestselling authors. In addition to her Fantasy novels for Young Adults, Miyabe has written several crime novels, the most recent of which to be translated into English is The Devil's Whisper.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boy meets Girl 29 April 2012
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Ico will no doubt always have a spot in my top 5 video games as it is truly something special. Emotive, classy, beautifully rendered, minimalist and let's not forget a lot of fun too. The author of this novel certainly thought so too as she wrote her own take on it here and when I heard of it I had to buy it for myself and my daughter.

The game itself is basically a young boy and his struggle to escape from the mysterious castle where he is imprisoned for being a boy born with horns. Miyuki Miyabe seeks to fill in the back story and does so quite well but at time embellishes a little too much. However as the game story is quite minimal as mentioned, this is understandable and walkthroughs do not make a riveting read.

Highlights of the book include Ico's pre-castle life where "the Sacrifice" (himself) was informed of his fate and how his young friend Toto tries to help. As the story progresses we are told of Yorda's history and how she is intrinsically linked to the timeless castle and why her mother won't let her leave. The castle now with it's stone inhabitants was once a joyous and peaceful place until the dark God did a deal with the queen. At times it is slightly surreal and a bit confusing to be honest but the ending pulls the heartstrings as much if not more than the game.

Would I recommend, it yes and no. Sometimes, a story does not need to be told and a big part of the charm and attraction of Ico was the intriguing plot. The unforgettable opening sequence shows him carried on horseback to the castle before being imprisoned and left alone there. His escape and subsequent bonding with the spirit-like Yorda is the stuff of gaming legend that doesn't necessarily have to be explained, just experienced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful complement to Ico the game 4 Nov 2011
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This book is a great find! A lot of the content mirrors the way Ico plays as a videogame, but it adds some interesting backstory and character development as imagined by the author. The translation works well to make for a fun read - I was surprised by how many surprises the book gave me. I'd strongly recommend playing the game first if that is your thing; you won't spoil the game by reading the book first, but you may regret not coming across the spectacles in-game for yourself first. Overall, a lovely treat for any fan of Ico.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good story- but not Ico 3 April 2013
At the beginning Miyuki warns us anticipating readers that is not a cheat book or a guide- much to my disappointment, I jumped in with an open mind and was indeed- pleasantly surprises.

Team Ico was clever at not giving us any back story as to why kids ago grew horns were sacrificed to The Castle In the Mist, which added mystery to the game with lots of un answered questions and many possibilities to what Ico's and Yorda's future would be.

So in this book- the story took place after Ico is born with the curse, now im not going to say much more about the big WHY, since that would be a huge spoiler.

Miyuki also adds more history to the castle itself, before the castle was cursed and when dwellers were living there - it is apparent there is more of a sad story between Yorda and a man she once knew, Miyuki introduced lots of new characters to the book that are not related to the game at all since Team Ico allowed her full rein of the story.
However most of the dialogue and description of Ico's surroundings are accurate, so it wasn't a total disaster, bearing in mind the author is in no way any part of the games developemeant at all.

It was fascinating reading a story about s game I have such good memories over these few years of my childhood and to get more close with the characters and feel more for them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent companion for the game 11 April 2014
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Honestly, I do think you must have played the game to read this book. The game is so emotive and visually stunning and without that mental image provided to you it would be a little more difficult to imagine the settings. It provides a lovely, well constructed back-story for the characters and for the castle which the book is named after, and was a thoroughly enjoyable read. At some points the narrative went on a tangent and it can become a little boring at times but it does not disrupt the flow of the story too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yorda 22 Mar 2014
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I love the ico game and have completed it so many times so finding a book to accompanying it thrilled me, looking forward to reading about castle in the mist and the horned sacrifices.It's not a walk through guide but offers a background or ideas behind the game itself
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