Review: Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 3 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 3Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 3 by Mizuho Kusanagi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yona and Hak set out on a journey to find a priest who can see the future. After they get severely injured falling from a cliff, a boy named Yun and his guardian Ik-su nurse them back to health—and Ik-su happens to be a priest! When Yona tells him that she wishes to protect the lives of those who are precious to her, what path will Ik-su show her?

Warning: contains spoilers for Volume 2

After their fall from the cliff in the last volume, Yona wakes up with Hak in the dwelling of a priest Ik-soon and his ward Yoon. Yoon is a prickly but domestic young kid, who nurses them both back to health. While living with them, Yona realizes more truths about the unhappiness in the kingdom, how she was unaware of the hardships common people face. Ik-soon advises her on her path forward, while warning her that if she only kept Hak at her side, she was endangering his life. Setting out to find the four dragons of myth, Yona, Hak and Yoon visit the isolated village of the white dragon, Seiryuu, whose name is Ki-Ja. Like Yona, he, too, has been mostly coddled from when he became the dragon, and the moment he sees her, he feels his destiny snapping into place.

With this volume, the story progresses more into the fantasy it is known for, with the tale of the the five dragons and the four dragons that Yona has to now collect to stay strong. For her it is a simple matter of survival and keeping Hak safe, but for the dragons, who she will soon realize, it is a matter of destiny and a will they are bound to. I loved the addition of Yoon and Ki-Ja in this volume, both bringing a little levity but also adding to the squad in meaningful ways. Hak’s dynamic with each is adorable and though he seems like the odd man out, he belongs at her side. Excited about the introduction of the other dragons, now!

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