Red River Vol 19 by Chie Shinohara Manga Review

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Title:  Red River Vol 19

Author:  Chie Shinohara

Publisher:  Viz

ISBN:  9781421509990

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!

Grade: B-

Rated for Older Teen

2 thoughts on “Red River Vol 19 by Chie Shinohara Manga Review

  • March 11, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I think it is a very dangerous way to write way. It’s one dangerous thing after another. it should be a least one good thing happening besides her being alive

  • April 19, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I have aready red this volume and I just finished reading volume 21 I really love this noval. I would really like for you to put an up date on your site and see if you can tell me about book 22 and 23. I really like this book its very captivating and I just can’t put the book down so I really want to know what happens next.

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