Review: Time and Again Vol 4 by JiUn Yun

 

Title: Time and Again Vol 4

Author: JiUn Yun

Publisher: Yen Press

ISBN: 978-0759530614

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

"After it’s too late to turn back, after it’s too late even to regret…only then, realization comes with great pain."
On occasion, life offers an unexpected blessing: a natural talent, a promising opportunity, or even a spot of good luck. But human nature will not be satisfied by simply enjoying the fruits of fate. When greed takes over and man exploits the gifts he has been given, seeking more power, more wealth, more than is his share, it can only end in tragedy…a truth Ho-Yeon knows all too well…

Review:

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.

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by publisher

3 thoughts on “Review: Time and Again Vol 4 by JiUn Yun

  • July 13, 2011 at 10:33 am
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    Time and Again was one of my favorite series when it ran in the Yen Plus magazine. I looked forward to it every month. It’s art, that was both minimalist and highly elaborate at the same time, always swept me up and the two leads were such fascinating characters.

  • July 13, 2011 at 10:35 am
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    @LKK – I’m bummed that it’s only 5 volumes.

  • July 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm
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    I haven’t read the Time and Again series yet, but I think I need to start reading it. I enjoy reading books that are intense – they’re a nice change from the light summer reads.

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