- Series: A Bride's Story (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Yen Press (March 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031621034X
- ISBN-13: 978-0316210348
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Bride's Story, Vol. 3 Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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Kaoru Mori's previous series, Emma, about a maid and a gentleman in Victorian England, has been lauded by Library Journal and was named to the YALSA Great Graphic Novels list. A Bride's Story has only broadened her fan base in Japan and the U.S. with its elegant style and delicate story.
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** This review contains mild spoilers, solely regarding the series' change in focus. **
After two amazing volumes about Amir and her marriage to Karluk it's somewhat surprising to see the series follow the foreign researcher Mr. Smith when he leaves the village. It seemed natural to assume that Mori's historical epic was Amir's story, but a different bride takes center stage when a chance encounter leads to stay with Tala and her mother-in-law. The good news is while the change is somewhat disappointing and I think Amir's tale is far from over should Mori choose to revisit it, volume 3 is every bit as good as the previous ones.
Tala's difficulties come from a totally different direction than what we've seen before and while Amir was an outsider to her new town, Mr. Smith is an outsider to the entire culture. This allows for a unique, contrasting tale to be told without losing the atmosphere that's been slowly built up. The conflict and difficulties presented to the characters are filled with emotion and feel natural despite surroundings and traditions unusual to the reader.
As should be expected by this point the art is wonderful, and has the same incredible detail and quality as previous volumes. In general the art for this series is easily some of the best I've ever seen.
So while volume 3 definitely signals some changes for Mori's stroll through history that will require some getting used to, A Bride's Story doesn't break it's stride here and remains a fantastic series.