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Book Review: Dawn of the Arcana by Rei Toma (Volume 1)

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Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel, YA Fantasy
Series: Dawn of the Arcana, Volume 1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Sumamry (via Goodreads):
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!

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My Review:
Dawn of the Arcana is going to turn out to be a great series.

The premise and art style really interested me. I wanted to know how Princess Nakaba would overcome her unwelcoming circumstances.

Princess Nakaba has had to live with ridicule and now the same scorn follows her to Belquat. She calmly tells Prince Caesar, “Do you know how much suffering I’ve endured because of [my red hair]? This country or my own my fate is the same. The only difference is where I die.” Such profound words made her a more appealing character and captivated me.

This story. The world the author has created. It’s beautiful and charming and wicked.

For all his faults, I liked getting to know Prince Caesar. He’s not a kind man but his disposition is largely due to how he’s been treated and a lack of self-worth. In a way, I feel for him but of course I do not condone his actions thus far.

Loki is darling. He’s cool, mysterious and loyal. You don’t learn much about him in this volume so I’m hoping we get to dive more deeply into his character in the coming volumes.

I’m so excited for this series!

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