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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Adaptively Radiant is a work of cultural and mysterious fiction penned by author Joseph E Henning. Whilst on a summer vacation in Japan, our central character Justin meets his cousin Kaito and begins to bond with distant relations. They share a great-grandfather, and soon the two young men come to the conclusion that heirlooms left to both of them seem to connect with one another, revealing a treasure map of sorts. The map leads them to different discoveries and lessons from another world altogether: a world of fairy-tale, folklore and mystery from an ancient culture they both discover much more about along the way.
Author Joseph E Henning does a beautiful job conveying the culture, legends and mythology of Japan through this traditional folklore adventure with many modern twists. Justin and Kaito are young men on the cusp of adulthood, ready to leave education and head out into the world, but without much of a sense of real purpose at the start of their adventure. Along the way, and with the help of the tests and puzzles that they endure, important lessons about life and themselves are learned, making this a unique coming of age tale where the characters develop and grow before your very eyes. The atmospheric style of writing is truly enchanting, transporting us first to Japan and then into the otherworldly sensations that the boys experience with a real sense of cultural knowledge. Overall, Adaptively Radiant is a modern fairy tale work with plenty of heart.