Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Manga Review: Yona of the Dawn, Volume 3, by Mizuho Kusanagi

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 2016
Volumes: 24+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 2. 4.

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!

Yona and Hak set out on a journey to find a priest who can see the future. After they get severely injured from falling off a cliff, a boy named Yun and his guardian Ik-su nurse them back to health—and Ik-su happens to be a priest! When Yona tells him that she wishes to protect the lives of those who are precious to her, what path will Ik-su show her?


Yona meets the priest in this volume, and gets an interesting prophesy, as well as a new companion in a pretty, genius boy. On her new journey, she also meets the first dragon from the prophesy, the white dragon.
My main point with this series is how impressed I am by the character development. Yona, despite being a very sheltered princess who never knew anything beyond the castle and apparently very little inside of it, with how her world has crumbled and she's trying to rebuild it, should be trying to build herself back up. She should be watching and learning, paying attention to the people and what their needs are, and what she needs to do. And she should definitely be learning to defend herself and fight the people who are after her.
And I'm so extremely glad that that's exactly what she's doing.
She has Hak, and now the first dragon, there to bodyguard her. That's even their job. Still, she insisted that Hak teach her how to use a bow and a sword, and he in return shows her how little violence she has in her, that it's hard for her to hurt someone, let alone kill them.
Man, I love it.
They're setting off to find the second dragon, and I cannot wait to read more. I'm loving this series, and debating on starting the anime, because I want more so badly.

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