Manga Review: A Bride’s Story Volume Six

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.

A Bride’s Story Volume Six
Written by: Kaoru Mori
Publisher: Enterbrain
English Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Volume Six has a strong focus on Karluk and Amir. Throughout this volume, Karluk makes it clear that he’s tired of being treated like a child. He’s almost 13, so he wants to be seen as a man. Many of Karluk’s actions in this volume can be traced back to his desire to be seen as a man. There’s an incredibly sweet and touching scene between Karluk and Amir where he’s trying to prove to her just how much of a man he is. Seeing Karluk successfully pick up Amir and her shocked face when he does, along with the hug at the end, make this scene have quite an impact on the reader.

We also get to see Amir’s clan making an alliance with the Badan. The plan is for them to combine forces and attack Karluk’s village in order to get the land they need to graze their horses. But we see that Azel, Amir’s brother, doesn’t trust the Badan; Joruk and Baimat agree with him. It was refreshing to see that some of Amir’s clan doesn’t think with the same hive mentality as Amir’s father and the others.

Quite a bit of Volume Six shows the battle that takes place, and I would have to say that this would have to be the most action-packed volume of A Bride’s Story that I’ve read. And it turns out Azel was right not to trust the Badan, as we see that the Badan betray them during the battle. Azel, Joruk, and Baimat do some surprising things by the end of the battle, and this volume really changed my perception on those three characters. Hopefully the character progression for Azel and the others will continue in future volumes of the series.

But I have to give some serious props to Karluk’s grandmother. Early on in the volume, she displays her wisdom, and at the end, she shows that she knows how to use a weapon and come up to her prey without being noticed. Even though we may not see her much in the series, this volume showed me just how good of a character she is.

Mori’s art style still grabs me whenever I read a volume of A Bride’s Story. Not only did she maintain the same level of detail and quality that she’s shown in previous volumes, she also had to draw a lot of horses for Volume Six as well. Can I say how beautiful her horse drawings look? Whenever I see her art, I can only imagine just how long she has to spend drawing it in order to get it to look as stunning as it does.

Volume Six was a good read, as it was able to successfully combine the tone and storytelling that readers already know with the action scenes that were necessary to tell the story that’s presented here. I also appreciated seeing the focus of the story back on Amir and Karluk.

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

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