ARC Review: Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 18 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 18Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 18 by Mizuho Kusanagi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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!

A Kai Empire soldier fatally strikes Zeno, but he doesn’t die! Yona and her friends are shocked by the Yellow Dragon’s power as well as what he reveals about both his past and the Crimson Dragon King…

Warnings: body horror, violence (stabbings, scenes depicting war)

This volume is devoted to telling Zeno’s story, recounting his past before he met the current dragons, as well as tells us the story of the original Crimson Dragon King and his warriors. While the other dragons have had difficult childhoods, Zeno’s life, too, has been plagued by loneliness, loss and conflict which he has had to be part of. The story-line is, in short, quite heart-breaking, but also has good moments, like Zeno’s love for his fellow dragons, meeting them when they were younger, as well as his partner. There were some moments I did cry, though, and it goes to show how much Zeno’s character was fleshed out, because it hit on all the right spots. I can’t say anymore because *spoilers* but I loved this arc, even if it had little of the actual group.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.

Previous books in the Yona of the Dawn series

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 1 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 2 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 3 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 4 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 5 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 6 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 7 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 8 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 9 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 10 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 11 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 12 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 13 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 14 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 15 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 16 Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 17

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Buy links

The Book Depository | Wordery

Releases on June 4, 2019

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