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A Bride's Story, Vol. 5 Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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The time has come for the wedding of Laila and Leily, the high-spirited twins from volume 4 of Mori’s series about life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road. Older teens, even though it’s unlikely they’ll be getting married themselves, will understand the twins’ nervousness about their life-changing event, and romance fans will appreciate the accepting natures of their young grooms. The last story of the book returns to Amir, the original bride of the series, and her developing feelings for her still very young groom. New readers will want to at least go back to volume 4, but established fans will be thrilled at the continuing beauty of Mori’s stunningly illustrated black-and-white comics. Grades 9-12. --Snow Wildsmith
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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. **
Chapters 23-25 feature the wedding day celebration of mischievous twins Laila and Leily. Mori goes into exquisite detail here, from the preparation of the feast to the specifics of the ceremony, exploring and explaining the culture and traditions through the actions of the characters and the twins own learning process.
The remaining two chapters (and short side story) go back to Amir and Karluk's village, telling three separate tales of normal (and less so) daily life.
In addition to learning the way of life of the various villages, details of the larger world they inhabit start creeping in.
Mori's incredible touch and careful research shines as usual in both sections. You can feel the effort expended and everything is conveyed such that the reader can understand what's being done and why. Additionally impressive is that a lot of it is done without dialog, without any negative effect. There are numerous instances where Mori's confident enough to let the art speak for itself for several pages at a time, and it works wonderfully.
This is no small part because the art is amazing as usual. Mori consistently provides more intricate backgrounds and designs than I have ever seen in any other manga, and conveys emotion brilliantly with body language and facial expressions. A particular treat is The Daylong Song (chapter 26), which is comprised entirely of full page art. The final chapter is a simple story that resonates beautifully with several intertwined emotional layers working together.
Perfectly paced and wonderfully told, A Bride's Story continues to amaze five volumes in.
What really makes this volume special is the focus she has given to the twin sisters from the previous volume. In 5, our twin heroines tie the knot, but not without a few rambunctious misadventures before all is said and done.
I miss Amir, but the twins' story is touching and I'm glad they got this volume all to themselves.
I adore her art work and her stories.
If you have enjoyed previously released works such as Emma, this is a real treat and shouldn't be missed.