Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 23
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Yona gets caught in the middle of the nation of Xing's civil unrest after she discovers that Princess Kouren wants war against the kingdom of Kohka! As Princess Kouren stokes the fire of the pro-war faction, Yona must find a way to save the Dragon Warriors and her home country!
On Princess Yona's 16th birthday, she's trying to plot a course through her marriage proposals until a coup forces her to flee her castle with a childhood friend, the edgy General Hak. Add in a likable villain she loves and you have a shojo love triangle ready to rumble... but not much rumbling happens. The story's fictitious setting is reminiscent of the fantastic ancient China in the classic reverse harem manga Fushigi Yuugi, but without the humor or the magic. In fact, aside from the eye candy of the costumes, the book is lacking all around: the plot and characters are simple and stale. By the end of this first volume, Yona hasn't developed personal agency or become the warrior the cover suggests. However, what story there is has good pacing and layout, and the art is high quality. There's promise for the future volumes, if Kusanagi (NG Life) can bring the characters to life.