- Series: The Saga of Tanya the Evil (Book 1)
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Yen On (December 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316512443
- ISBN-13: 978-0316512442
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1 (light novel): Deus lo Vult Paperback – December 19, 2017
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The first thing I should state is that Tanya the evil comes in three flavors, an anime, a manga, and the novel. All three are different, but some in more subtle ways that others. On the surface the anime is the most grounded in earth with fewer displays of outright magic, with the manga being the most magical and the novel someplace inbetween. The anime is also far more extreme in the expression of characters and actions, especially Tanya. The Manga more closely follows the anime here while the novel is very introspective and almost comes across as a completely different story. The plots maybe more or less the same, but they couldn't be much different otherwise.
This might drag some readers down as the pace is quite slow and unlike the manga and the anime ,which are both action packed, the book doesn't actually feature all that much action at all. Instead you get a lot of internal story telling from the prospective of several characters and often a single scene will be played out from different points of view to fill in the things you might of missed. The story telling is top notch and I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed it.
One of the things of the anime I found particularly uninteresting was the way in which it attempted to make Tanya act evil for the sake of evil, but this really isn't her character. In the novel Tanya acts logical in her own little way the entire time and she never does anything just to appear evil to a reader. In fact her actions are typically very deeply scrutinized to the point where you could ask is she really all that evil or is this just a matter of prospective? You can be the judge, the book doesn't pigeonhole you into an answer to that question like the manga and anime do.
Another big difference is the character of god in the three. In both the anime and the manga god is a very overt character that is inescapable from the story, but there is subtly in the book that the other two medium do not even come close to achieving. This will once again come down to a matter of taste, as the internal narrative and external narrative types appeal to different audiences, but the book manages more of a balance where the other two mediums do not.
Ultimately I cannot recommend this book enough, the depth it goes into and the research into making a realistic seeming world war is far beyond what I Would of ever expected from this book. The anime though fun, doesn't honestly even hold a candle to how good this is. While the pace is considerably slower, the book was still a page turner for me and makes me very much look forward to volume two which I already have on pre-order.