While on the run, Yona and Hak head to Hak’s hometown, where she attempts to heal her broken heart. However, she can’t rest there for long once she discovers that Su-won may soon become king! What will Yona choose to do in the wake of this news?
Warning: spoiler for volume 1 of Yona of the Dawn
Continuing from the story in the last volume, Yona is now on the run from her usurping cousin Soo-Won, while under the protection of Hak, who takes her to his tribe’s lands. While on the way, she seems despondent and even Hak worries about her, and they both contemplate their friendship with Soo-Won. Once they reach the water tribe’s lands, Yona starts to awaken a little, seeing the cheerful people around her and the optimism that they show despite hardships. Meanwhile, Soo-Won is preparing for his ascension, and he seems to not want to hunt them down for the moment. When the fire tribe tries to bully the water tribe into accepting Soo-Won as the new King, Hak decides to leave so as to not cause any problems for his tribe, and Yona joins him. Together, they seek out a new path for her – as advised by the patriach of the water tribe, who tells them of an oracle hidden deep in the lands. While on the way, Yona finally takes a stand and decides that her days of being helpless are over. This volume marks a turning point for Yona – she goes from being the pampered princess to a woman who claims what she wants and shows her fire. It also sets up the storyline for later, through the heir of the fire tribe who sees a wild fire in her eyes when she is cornered.
I loved the storyline of this volume particularly because it shows that despite being brought up coddled, Yona still shows dedication to her kingdom. It would have been easy for her to give up and just live among the water tribe as another noble lady, but she puts aside her comfort and steps up to her next destination. Hak is cocksure, and doesn’t fully respect her mettle yet, but he will soon learn that she has a warrior’s heart. Soo-Won’s story also reflects a little self-doubt, (and I may be reaching here), a hint of sorrow at what his plans resulted into. He is an interesting character in that his motives were good, but his methods were not. Basically, I am interested to find out how their dynamic plays out in the end.
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