Review: Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Volume 3

Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Volume 3
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Volume 3 by Fumi Yoshinaga
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ooh, the story keeps getting better and better. Still chronicling the 3rd shogun, we see a marked change in her temperament. She has learned to become a shogun and not just act like one, but even with all the power she wields, she is still a slave to her duty as a woman – to produce a heir for the next generation. It saddened me to see her and Arikoto’s love being challenged by her duty. It also delves into the story of the person who created this entire system, the nurse of the original 3rd shogun. What was a desperate attempt to hold on to power came to change the entire structure of the society. Loads of character development and a beautiful storyline!

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