One Thousand and One Nights Vol. 3

1001nights_3Warning!!!! Reading this blog will lead to some spoilers!!! So beware if you wish to continue.

What’s on the back: The most beautiful Queen ever who ruled and destroyed the hero. Cleopatra, her name will be remembered eternally among those who loved her…even more among those who hated her… On the third night, Shahrazad tells the extraordinary story of the beloved yet tragic Queen, Cleopatra. Come along and listen to the fascinating tale alongside the Sultan.

Review: One thousand and nights is somewhat a guilty pleasure for me. It has everything in a story that I like such as adventure, love, and history. Each volume of 1001 nights tells us a separate story. In this volume, the story that Shahrazad tells is the story of Cleopatra.

During the beginning of the volume, the Sultan escapes Ali, who has captured him in the last volume in order to avenge Leila, who was one of the girls that the sultan has killed. This is all thanks to Shahrazad, who asked some chinese merchants to help him release the sultan.

The story of Cleopatra wasn’t as moving as the past stories, but nevertheless, it was still quite entertaining. I always enjoyed the concept of strong heroines, and cleopatra was definitely one of those. I’m not saying that she’s pure, but definitely, she’s one of those people who knows what she want. To summarize the story: Cleopatra got married to her younger brother. During the marriage, the younger brother was pressure by his eunuch to dethrone Cleopatra who he feared was getting to powerful. Cleopatra gets exile, and cunningly met up with Ceasar in order to be permitted to enter the castle again. Caesar falls in love with her beauty. Because he betrayed Cleopatra, her brother leaves the palace, and forms an army in order to defeat Cleopatra.

At the end of the volume, there is a page that tells the history of Cleopatra. I thought it was nice of the author to clue his or her readers into the life of cleopatra. It was definitely a great bonus.

Final Thought: 1001 Nights is still one of my favourite Manhwas. The art is beautifully drawn, and the story is still pretty much enticing. I will definitely be looking foward to the next volume.

Overall Grade: A

One Thousand and One Nights vol. 2

1001nights_2Summary: I’s the second night and our unusual Shahrazad tells yet another story to save his own life from the mad sultan. This time it’s a tragic¬† love story between a beauty from an exotic Eastern Kingdom, and a slave from a far away Western Kingdom.

Review: I had a very hard time finding this volume. I ended up buying it from indigo/chapters store online. I didn’t mind the time it took to find it though because coming into volume two, I realize that it was totally worth it.

The thing about this manhwa is that I’m not sure if it’s BL or just shoujo. Sometimes it hints at just being a regular shoujo…then a scene in volume two would pop up and I would think it’s BL. lol. Either way, regardless of this confusion, the story is still pretty much great.

In this volume, the “mad” sultan got captured by a group of rebels. The leader of the group happens to be a childhood friend of Shahrazad. Apparently he use to love Laila (another childhood friend) who was unfortunately one of the women that were excecuted by the Sultan. While the Sultan was in prison, Shahrazad decides to tell him another story.

I actually liked this story quite much. I’ve always been a sucker for ancient historical stories. Basically the story is about a slave who was left in a foreign country, and an exotic beauty who falls in love with each other. During the relationship, things happen and the exotic beauty finds herself falling in love with the prince of her country. The slave finds out about it, and commited suicide.

To tell you the truth, I don’t understand¬† what the relationship is with the story and the sultan. Up to now, all of Shahrazad’s stories have been a sad one. Is it suppose to be a lesson for the Sultan? Who Knows?

Conclusion: Even though there is a little bit of confusion running along this story, I still find myself enjoying it quite a lot. I find myself liking all the stories that Shahrazad tells the sultan. I guess it was worth the search for this volume. lol.

Overall Grade: B