Title: Sarasah Vol 3
Author: Ryu Ryang
Publisher: Yen Press
May Contain Spoilers
Ji-Hae remains at Ja-Yun’s side as he recovers from the riding accident. She can hardly believe he would risk his life just to save her, but when the flower in her chest flushes with color, it seems to confirm her hopes-Ja-Yun likes her?! Unfortunately, the blooming flower’s scent has aroused the interest of some of the other Nang-Do, and she must tread carefully or risk exposure. Outside the walls of Nang-Meun, dissenters have begun to plot against the queen. With her father and Bub-Min spearheading the investigation, it’s only a matter of time before Ji-Hae is drawn into the political turmoil…
I am really starting to get caught up in several of Yen Press’ manhwa series. I wasn’t overly impressed with either 13th Boy or Sarasah, but now I have to say that I am finding both of them very intriguing and very fun reads. Sarasah had similar drawbacks for me, and reminded me a lot of 13th Boy. They both have obnoxious protagonists who put their own happiness before anyone else’s. Ji-Hae and Hee-So share so many traits that at first it wasn’t funny. They both have a crush on a boy who couldn’t care if they were alive or dead, and they are both harassing the poor boys with the intensity of a stalker. This was a real turn off for me, and left me disliking both girls intensely.
Fast forward a couple hundred pages, and now they aren’t so bad. Even Ji-Hae has lost some of her acidity, and she is becoming a little more sensitive to other people’s feelings. She’s still a trouble magnet, but at least now she is starting to do things to help others, instead of just helping herself. It’s true that they don’t always want her help, and, in the case of Bub-Min, she’s been ordered to stay out of his business, but she just can’t help herself. After catching Seon-Pum and Bub-Min in a secretive conversation, she is consumed with curiosity and she won’t let things be. I am getting a little anxious, wondering how badly her interfering is going to backfire against her.
There is political intrigue afoot, and it threatens to cause chaos for the nation. This is a plot thread that I really like – things are going to get very complicated for Bub-Min, my favorite male character, especially if Ji-Hae continues with her meddling. Now that she’s fallen into Misa-Heul’s trap, I can’t help but wonder what kind of trouble she is going to encounter. I find Misa-Heul fascinating, and want to find out more about him. Is he as shady as he seems? That hint of danger makes him even more appealing.
Sarasah is shaping up to be a solid read. I am enjoying the time period, and the characters are finally starting to develop some depth. The court intrigue is also making me much more eager to read new volumes of the series. I am having a hard time resisting Bub-Min and Misa Heul’s flowing locks, as well. Why doesn’t my hair look that good?
Review copy provided by publisher