… the manga based in nineteenth-century Asia? Kaoru Mori’s A Bride’s Story transports readers to the Silk Road, where a young woman from a nomadic tribe (Amir Halgal) has been married to a twelve-year-old boy in a small village (Karluk Eihon). The two slowly get to know one another, and Amir adjusts to her new life. The differences between the two cultures make for a few interesting situations. However, both Amir and her new family work hard to be understanding and try new things for one another. When some men from Amir’s tribe come to get her, wanting her to take part in a more advantageous marriage for them, she is caught between her old and new lives.
The story in this book is very sweet, with differences between nomads’ and villagers’ lives giving the author good opportunities to share information with the readers. The characters have distinct personalities, from the newly-married couple to Karluk’s young cousins. Complementing the story is Ms Mori’s richly-detailed art. Fabrics are filled with intricate patterns, and landscapes show a wealth of plants and animals. A family tree at the end helps to keep relationships clear. Take your time to savor this beautiful book while you wait for the release of volume two.
Reviewed by Fran (staff)