Genre: Action Adventure, Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Romance
Summary: (No author summary.) Japanese salaryman Ryou stumbles into an alternate universe and joins up with warrior Darius, whose life he saves. They have adventures together traveling the Outlands.
Why You Should Read This: The Outlands are a series of universes that overlay the familiar like an onion and are ruled by the mysterious Magian, who traverse the multi-verse with the powers of the mind and higher mathematics. This is a wonderful action/adventure historical epic with enough world!building to satisfy even the most die-hard. The romance between Darius, a barbarian Greek-style hero and Ryou, an “ordinary” Japanese accountant, is smokin’ hot and doesn’t take a back seat to the well-developed plot. Plus there are some great side characters including my favorite, the political savant and cross-dressing King Leyam, brother to Darius. A warning though as only the first book (or Arc) of the series is complete, though it does provide a nice stopping point for the romance.