Title: Red River Vol 19
Author: Chie Shinohara
May Contain Spoilers
Concerned for the health of Yuri and their unborn child, Kail sends them away from the battle lines. Urhi has managed to blackmail one of the sailors on the ship they’re traveling on, and he sets fire to the ship. As the ship goes up in flames, Yuri falls overboard . Saved by Rusafa, they float in the cold waters, helplessly waiting for rescue. When Rusafa catches the attention of a passing ship, he’s relieved. Once onboard, however, he learns that the ship’s been hired by a group of Egyptians, and they’re headed straight for enemy territory!
Yuri spent most of this volume unconscious. With Rusafa to protect her, the two end up in Byblos after spending time adrift. When Yuri’s condition declines, Rusafa is desperate to save her and her baby, but he’s not having much luck finding a qualified physician. Why? All the skilled doctors are Egyptians, their mortal enemies! I have to admit that I was feeling a little frustrated by the turn of events at the end of the volume, as it looks like Yuri and Kail are going to be forced to endure another period of forced separation. Yuri, grieving and feeling like she’s let Kail down, doesn’t even want to see her beloved again. I don’t like the subdued, sad Yuri; I like her much better when she’s breathing fire and full of determination. Hopefully she’ll get her spirit back soon.
This installment tested the will of both leads, and Kail wasn’t spared from heartbreak. Learning that the flagship carrying Yuri had been destroyed, he fears that Yuri and his unborn child have perished. His brother, Mali, displayed horrible timing, delivering the awful news as the Hittites and the Egyptians were engaged in a fierce battle. Devastated, Kail is frozen with indecision, and his hesitation costs the lives of many of his warriors. Forced to retreat, he loses his first major engagement. To add insult to injury, the enemy commander is his nemeses, Ramses. How will he live that one down? Without Yuri, Kail is no longer the strong, confident commander, and his men begin to worry about both his health and his ability to lead them. Like Yuri, he’s incomplete by himself. I wonder how long Chie Shinohara will torture him before he learns that Yuri is still alive?
While I enjoyed this volume of Red River, it was starting to feel like we’re treading on old ground. Yuri’s been whisked away from Kail, a helpless prisoner yet again. For a goddess of war, she certainly gets kidnapped more than her fair share!
Rated for Older Teen