First, I love the pages in this book. They're smooth and a little bit heavier then a normal book page. This may mean nothing to some, but for me the book's pages and feel (and yes smell) add to the book experience/story. The pages are also numbered on the side instead of the bottom. The pages give this books some weight to it, like the book itself carries a big story on it's shoulders.(you know, if books had shoulders.)
The best way to describe this story is to use the author's own words - "Fantasy world that carries the scent of Japan" I honestly thought I would be lost reading this, but it flowed so well I can't believe it translated. I liked how the story unfolded, little by little another piece of the puzzle was given to you, so the story opened up more. I'd like to see more of Balsa & Tanda.