Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Manga Review: Yona of the Dawn, Volume 2, by Mizuho Kusanagi

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Volumes: 21+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A red-haired princess loses her family and her kingdom… Now she must rise and fight for her throne!

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family!

While on the run, Yona and Hak head to Hak’s hometown, where she attempts to heal her broken heart. However, she can’t rest there for long once she discovers that Su-won may soon become king! What will Yona choose to do in the wake of this news?


Yona and Hak arrive in his hometown, where they take shelter for a little while. Yona gets a sense of where Hak grew up and what his family and friends are like. But during all of this bonding time, they know that there are people after them, right on their tail.
Which leads to them going back on the road, and the run.
I do really enjoy Yona and Hak's relationship, and enjoy seeing how close they are and how much they care for each other. It's good that their bond is so solid from the very beginning. It gives Yona something to hold onto and someone to lean on as she's trying to get back on solid ground. It also gives her something to defend, someone to care for enough to push herself harder as she gets stronger on her own.
I'm happy to see how strong she is getting already, that she's already taken a step toward standing up for herself and seeing what she needs to do. She needs a lot more work, of course, but it's a good start.
I'm already really enjoying this series. I am a rather big fan of Kusanagi at this point, and I'm happy to see how much better her writing and pace has gotten; the characters have always been great.

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

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