- Series: Yona of the Dawn (Book 3)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (December 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142158784X
- ISBN-13: 978-1421587844
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Born on February 3 in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan, Mizuho Kusanagi debuted with Yoiko no Kokoroe (The Rules of a Good Child) in 2003. Her other works include NG Life, which was serialized in Hana to Yume and The Hana to Yume magazines and published by Hakusensha in Japan. Yona of the Dawn became an anime in 2014 and is currently airing on Funimation.
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I think one of my favorite aspects of this volume is how damn funny Kusanagi-sensei can be. After the dark and painful events from the first two volumes of this series, volume 3 provides some much needed laughs with Hak's witty one-liners, Yun's "I-know-I'm-perfect" attitude and the overly devoted dragon tribe.
Aside from that, the character development is solid, art is gorgeous, and the plot is engrossing. This is hands-down my all-time favorite series.
Readers who think this is a typical shojo should think again. This has a truly interesting plot, world and characters. The plot is more than just a setting so two characters can fawn over each other, though there is romance. The hero, Yona, has a backbone and fire in her eyes. It's great.
They'd better keep releasing all the volumes because the anime ends before the manga does (though there are hopes of another season).
The main character, Yona, starts off as a pampered princess, but after being betrayed on her 16th birthday, has to leave her palace. With the help of her bodyguard Hak she learns to use a bow and later a sword in a very realistic time frame (she's not an expert overnight and you'll often shown how practice effects her, lack of sleep, etc.) Later she goes on a quest to find legendary dragon warriors who are connected to the myth of how her kingdom came to be.
Yona's change from a princess to warrior is well done and it's wonderful to watch her grow. Other characters, such as her bodyguard Hak, also change. I adore how Hak goes from your typical "I must protect her" to not only training Yona but getting excited / pumped up as Yona becomes stronger and more determined.
While some of the characters have typical traits - the bodyguard, the charming thief, the smart one, the shy one - they are all given enough time to endear themselves to the reader.
The art is also good, though I have seen better when it comes to fighting (see Bleach by Tite Kubo). However, I still enjoy it.
As someone who has read all the chapters currently out in Japan, I can say that this series is one of my favorite of all time, and I am very excited to own all of the volumes as they come out in the US.