How did I get it: The library.
Why did I read it: I’ve been meaning to read this for ages now.
How I would rate it: 5 out of 5 stars.
Amir is twenty years old when she marries her husband, a boy named Karluk from a neighboring village. Adjusting to life in a new household can be trying for any young bride, but Amir’s husband is eight years her junior! Amir was a strong, sophisticated hunter and horsewoman in her village, but though their villages were next to each other, their customs are very different. As Amir introduces Karluk to the foods and pastimes that were popular among her comrades back home, the warmth she feels for her young husband grows.
Review: Historical fiction of any kind always appeals to me, but I honestly wasn’t sure how well this format would work. As a result, I was beyond pleasantly delighted with and very much shocked by how enamoured I am with A Bride’s Story. Volume one was super cute, sweet, and really enjoyable.
Using the 19th century Silk Road in Asia as a setting, and focusing on both nomadic and settled tribes living there was really neat. It is also not something I’ve seen a lot of, particularly not in manga. The balance of the plot was really well thought out as well. There was plenty of conflict generated throughout the manga, some simple and some more complex. A lot of it will doubtlessly be settled in later volumes since Amir’s tride wants her back and Karlak is a bit overwhelmed if touched by Amir’s fondness for him. Yet the slices of daily life were treated with equal, vivid importance.
The artwork was stunning, lively, and full of delicious details. The characters were wonderful and believable. Amir was a strong, fierce young woman who is also very warm and compassionate. Her young husband, Karlak, was a bit more mild-mannered, but both of them suffered from the same sort of awkward uncertainty when it comes to their place in the world as well as with one another. Obviously their age difference is a bit much, but in this volume it worked. I think the slow way their relationship developed really made it into a non-issue. So far anyway. Besides, this manga isn’t taking place in anything approaching modern times. As a result, the values assigned to the characters and their tribes are different. For example, plenty of people comment on Amir being way too old to be anyone’s bride now that she’s twenty.
In conclusion, awesome and very, very endearing. I can’t wait to read volume 2 and I’m sure I’ll end up preordering volume 3 for myself.