Manga Review: A Bride’s Story Volume Five

A Bride’s Story Volume Five is a manga by Kaoru Mori, and it was published in North America by Yen Press in 2013. I don’t see a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend A Bride’s Story to manga readers who are 14 or 15 years of age and older.

A Bride’s Story Volume 5
Written by: Kaoru Mori
Publisher: Enterbrain
English Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: September 24, 2013

A Bride’s Story is set in the Caucasus region of central Asia in the 19th century. The series originally started focusing on the character of Amir and her arranged marriage. Over the course of the series up to this point, Amir is still one of the main characters; however, the series also covers the stories of other brides and potential brides.

This volume continues the story of the twins, Laila and Leily, who were introduced in Volume Four.  At the end of Volume Four, the two of them found husbands who are brothers and arrangements were made for them to be married.

Volume Five opens with the preparations for the upcoming nuptials. However, Laila and Leily are having a hard time with the preparations and when the ceremony itself starts to get going, because it requires them to be quiet and still. Considering how wild and rambunctious these twins are, this is extremely hard for them to do. Once their future husbands arrive, they have them fetch them food and take them out without anyone noticing.

Fortunately, the ceremony happens and the girls leave their family with their new husbands. However, the girls have a hard time adjusting to married life right at first, but something happens that makes the transition a little easier for them.

Amir returns to the story, when she finds an injured hawk and tends to it to try to help it recover enough to be able to fly and return to the wild. Karluk becomes jealous of how much time Amir is spending with the hawk instead of him, and this is an issue that the two of them have to work out.

There’s also a side story featuring the grandmother, where she gets on a goat and rescues a little boy who’s trapped on a cliff. By the time I finished reading this side story, I was thinking, “Go, Granny! You rock!”

Overall, this volume has a rather light-hearted feel to it. However, by the end of the volume, there is a mention of things becoming unsettled recently due to the Russians in the area, and that some people have taken to thievery to survive. I’m suspecting that this volume may be a “calm before the storm,” in that the story may start picking up in intensity before too much longer as the Russians may gain more influence in the region as the series continues.

I’m still amazed and blown away by Mori’s art style, especially by how ornate some of the clothing and backgrounds are. I think it’s quite wonderful to look at, but sometimes I shudder at the thought of how much time she must spend drawing these panels in order to make them look that good.

I really enjoyed reading Volume Five, especially the sections that focused on Laila and Leily’s wedding.  And for the series as a whole, I appreciate how Mori is able to make me believe I’m truly in this time period with her writing and her art. Not only that, I also enjoy the glimpse that the series gives me into the history of the time period in the region that this story is set in.

If you’ve been reading A Bride’s Story and enjoyed the previous four volumes, I believe you’ll really like what you read in Volume Five.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Bride’s Story Volume Five that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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