Monday, May 30, 2016

Manga Review: Requiem of the Rose King, Volume 4, by Aya Kanno

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Volumes: 5+
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Richard, the ambitious third son of the House of York, believes he is cursed, damned from birth to eternal darkness. But is it truly fate that sets him on the path to personal destruction? Or his own tormented longings? Based on an early draft of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Aya Kanno’s dark fantasy finds the man who could be king standing between worlds, between classes, between good and evil.

An uprising draws King Edward, with Richard at his side, to battle. The aftermath could result in a new king. But who will take the throne? If Richard has anything to say about it, it will be neither of his brothers.


This series just gets better and better with every volume, and at this point, if you’re not following it, you should be.
I love the depth and the thoughtful way of everything, it’s beautiful and impressive. I don’t even know the stories that this series is from, and it doesn’t matter. I’m still so caught up in the story. It’s beautiful.
There’s a couple fun scenes where Anne grows closer to Richard, where we see that they might be able to have a real relationship. But there’s underlying darkness from their families the entire time, and that finally ruins their progression.
There are a couple of marriages being arranged, Elizabeth is still working through her plan of revenge and getting closer to it, Margaret is also progressing on hers. The Earl of Warwick finally moves forward with his plans to dethrone Edward, though he gets a little stuck at one point. And we finally see Richard reach a conclusion, and see that he’s going to be pushing forward with his own new plans, though he finally has an ally in Catesby.
I love this series, and I’m addicted. I’m patiently waiting the next one.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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