This ninth book in Clamp's Tsubasa series continues the search for Sakura's memories, which have been scattered in the form of feathers throughout a series of alternate worlds. As her memories return to her, Sakura has become more lively and independent, no longer the passive, often sleeping girl of the first few books.
This volume picks up the story that began in Volume 8, in which the travelers are separated upon their arrival in a new dimension. They find themselves among warring factions, each group following a deity represented by a holy statue. Because they are divided, the friends find themselves on opposing sides of the conflict, and it seems that Sakura's memory feathers are well out of reach.
I continue to enjoy this series, particularly the different dimensions the travelers discover, which so far have been based on different periods in Japan's history. This particular world, though, involves Hindu mythology, which made for an interesting backdrop for all the action. I find it fascinating to see how the challenges offered in each world reveal different aspects of the travelers' characters as they rise to meet those challenges. Syaoran's steadfast devotion to Sakura is heartwarming but bittersweet, as she will never be able to remember how much she has cared about him her whole life, even when she regains her memories. Still, I do hope for a happy ending - somehow - for this star-crossed couple. I look forward to their further adventures in the next volume of Tsubasa.
Previously reviewed volumes:
Tsubasa, Volume 9 by Clamp (Del Rey, 2004)
Source: My local public library
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