Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dawn of Arcana Vol. 1: a manga review

By Rei Toma
3.5 / 5 Gnomes
A review in 10 words or less:  Two royal families, one ancient war, and an unwanted marriage.

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!

~Amazon Description~

The Breakdown:

In this particular world, there are two warring factions, the Senan and the Belquat.  In order to keep the peace, the two factions marry off their children every few years.  Princess Nakaba of Senan has recently been shipped off to Belquat and has married the younger son, Prince Caesar.  Traveling with her is Loki, Ajin with floppy ears and a tale who serves as her protector.  By the end of the book, we discover that all is not smiles and giggles in the Belquat royal line, and Nakaba has a mysterious power that allows her to see into the future and past.

The Awesome (and Not So Awesome):

It's a bit hard to tell, so I'll reserve judgement until I continue.  I do, however, want to continue, so I suppose that's a start.  The relationship between Nakaba and Loki is intriguing, and I have the sneaking suspicion that Prince Caeser isn't the royal jerk he appears to be.  Oh, what will happen next?!

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