A red-haired princess loses her family and her kingdom… Now she must rise and fight for her throne!
Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family!
Yona finally meets Jaeha, the Green Dragon. Unfortunately, Jaeha has no desire to follow her on her quest! Yona offers to help Jaeha and his fellow pirates, so Captain Gi-Gan challenges her with a perilous quest to test her courage. Will Yona be able to pick the Senju Herb from the steep cliff face of the Vanishing Cape?
About the Author
Born on February 3 in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan, Mizuho Kusanagi began her professional manga career with Yoiko no Kokoroe (The Rules of a Good Child) in 2003. Her other works include NG Life, which was serialized in Hana to Yume and The Hana to Yume magazines and published by Hakusensha in Japan. Yona of the Dawn was adapted into an anime in 2014.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This volume has Jae Ha meeting Yona at last and deciding whether or not he wants to follow her as was destined. He absolutely refuses to join her just because she is the King Hiryuu (something that she doesn't think she is) and even though she asks for him to lend his power to her, he doesn't agree. But Yona has more than revenge on her mind - while in the town of Awa, she has seen the plight of the common people and when she learns that the pirate crew that Jae Ha is a part of have altruistic motives, too, she asks to help them out. But out of all the people in the group, she is the one without any talents or skills to contribute so the captain, Gi-Gan challenges her to pluck some obscure medicinal herb off a mountainside cliff. Yona, who is sheltered but also out to prove herself, agrees and so she gets to show her mettle. The story takes a break from the main storyline and delivers a pirate arc that is pretty good. They want to save the citizens of Awa from the tyranny of the local government official who is involved in human trafficking and though Yona isn't a magical dragon or a prodigious kid, she still is brave and relentless and full of fire. Like Jae Ha, we see it again as she shows valor, concern for the well-being of the people in her found family, and a righteous sense of justice as she hatches a plan to go undercover. There's also a scene between Yona and Hak that hints at 'more' but that slow-burn romance is quite far from developing, I am guessing. On the whole, it is an exciting story arc and not just because of the pirates.
Now Yona and co meet the Green Dragon. This was pretty good. I like that we get to know each of the Dragon characters and their personalities, etc. Also that cover is adorable. Good volume.