Title: Time and Again Vol 4
Author: JiUn Yun
Publisher: Yen Press
May Contain Spoilers
"After it’s too late to turn back, after it’s too late even to regret…only then, realization comes with great pain."
Despite being occasionally hard for me to follow, Time and Again is one of my favorite series. The art is pretty, with dramatic illustrations that compliment the action taking place on the pages. This series is full of angst, which is probably why I enjoy it so much. There are so many intense emotions woven into the plot. Both Baek-On and Ho-Yeon have tragic pasts, and Ho-Yeon’s is explored in agonizing detail here. No wonder the guy hardly ever smiles. He did the one thing his father told him not to do, and it gives him nothing but regrets. And, ultimately, has him crossing paths with Baek-On, which I’m not so sure is a good thing for him.
I enjoyed this volume so much because it does spend most of its focus on Ho-Yeon, instead of just following Baek-On and Ho-Yeon on exorcism cases. Instead of each chapter featuring a cursed, random stranger who is usually being bothered by malignant spirits because of their own greed or short-sightedness, Ho-Yeon is front and center. Left to support his mother and invalid sister after his father is executed, he struggles with his feelings of inadequacy. It’s hard to keep your family fed when your father was branded a traitor, and you’re hard-pressed to find a position of any consequence because of the taint on your name. When he’s given the opportunity to use his sword to make a name for himself, disaster and heartbreak seem to follow.
Full of melancholy and told in quiet, dreamy prose, Time and Again is a compelling series that keeps me coming back for more.
Review copy provided by publisher