Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori (Emma, Shirley) brings the nineteenth-century Silk Road to lavish life, chronicling the story of Amir Halgal, a young woman from a nomadic tribe betrothed to a twelve-year-old boy eight years her junior. Coping with cultural differences, blossoming feelings for her new husband, and expectations from both her adoptive and birth families, Amir strives to find her role as she settles into a new life and a new home in a society quick to define that role for her.
About the Author
Kaoru Mori's previous series, Emma, about a maid and a gentleman in Victorian England, has been lauded by Library Journal and was named to the YALSA Great Graphic Novels list. A Bride's Story has only broadened her fan base in Japan and the U.S. with its elegant style and delicate story.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This third volume of Mori's beautifully-drawn and engaging historical manga breaks out of Karluk's hometown and follows the mysterious and slightly annoying Mr. Smith on a journey of errors and missteps. His character deepens by fathoms, and we are introduced to two new characters, the woman depicted on the cover (no, it's not Amir on a bad clothing day), and a smart-talking, well-connected guide. My only complaint is that I have to wait half a year for more about Amir and Karluk - a wait compounded now by also wanting to find out what happens next to Mr. Smith. There's a feeling in the series that Mori has stepped up her historical research, her illustration skill, and her writing. I enjoyed the Emma series, but nowhere near as much as I enjoy Otoyomegatari/Bride's Story. Kudos to Yen Press for bringing this in affordable hardcover to the English-speaking market.
Another good volume. Really liking this so far.
I really love this series - the art is fantastic and it's easy to be drawn into the world of the Silk Road.