Manga Mondays Meme
I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 3 years ago. It started out as a personal feature, but I decided to turn it into a meme last year. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme is a great way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.
The linky will be below my review.
Dawn of the Arcana vol. 1 by Rei Toma
Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage...and a mysterious power! (courtesy of Goodreads)
*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.
Barnes & Noble does not have the world's best manga selection, but sometimes you can stumble upon something great. I was walking through the section the other day and randomly picked up Dawn of the Arcana. I hadn't heard anything about it. What a great first volume!
It's a high fantasy set on a small island made up of two warring nations. To maintain a temporary peace, royalty from each nation frequently marry. Here, Princess Nakaba from the poor nation has married Prince Caesar of the rich country. Nakaba's only friend of Loki, a demi-human - he basically looks human but has dog ears and enhanced physical abilities. Demi-humans are treated as sub-humans, subject to death for slight offenses.
This first volume sets up the world and the characters well. Prince Caesar is a wonderfully constructed, complex character. Initially, he looks like a cardboard villain. He is cruel, but there are hints of principle and personality that makes me somewhat like him. Princess Nakaba is hardened and distrustful, but also resourceful and brave. Loki is steadfastly loyal and intelligent.
If you haven't heard of Dawn of the Arcana, I highly recommend checking it out. It's nice to read a series for once that doesn't feel overly silly.