Red River Vol. 23

Author: Chie Shinohara

Viz; ISBN 978-1-4215-1723-0

Red River Vol. 23

I kind of forgot how good this Manga can be. The last time I read a volume of this series was probably sometime early last year. For a shoujo, this series is just simply thrilling.

Yuri is finally reunited with Kail after spending sometime in Egypt, after learning that Nefertiti has fallen from a position of power. Yuri has evidence of Queen Nakia’s betrayal of the Hitite empire, a letter that she had sent to Nefertiti in Egypt.

Nakia’s scheming follower Urhi, has caught on that Yuri brought home evidence that would put Nakia in trouble, thus, he hypotize one of Yuri’s servant to steal the letter and destroy the evidence. Fortunately, Ilbani is a clever man, and made a duplicate of the letter which was destroy in place of the real one. I hope this leads to the end of Queen Nakia’s reign of power because honestly, she’s starting to get quite annoying.

Kail declares to Yuri that he hopes this war with Egypt would be the last war his empire will ever fight during his reign. It’s a noble declaration because it seems like Egypt is not going to give up anytime soon.

The Hitite Empire faces off with Egypt in an all out war. Kail finds quite a few allies, such as the Prince of Darkness, now King Mattiwaza I, and also his brother Prince Telipinu. Even though the Pharoh of Egypt is leading his army, Kail’s real enemy is General Ramses. Unfortunately, for Egypt, The Pharoh is a complete idiot when it comes to leading an army, and lead his entire army into an obvious trap that Kail had set up. Funny thing was that Ramses warned him of the trap, but the Pharoh simply said that there was no way that he would lose because he was leading the army.

At the end of the volume, Kail declared that he’s not after manslaughter, but rather a peace treaty, which is one step closer to Kail’s vision for his empire.

There’s not much bad things I can say about this series. I love how exciting this series is, and I felt my heart sting such as the situation with Yuri losing her baby and having to let Kail know. I laugh at all the rights part, especially when I found out that Yuri’s twin servant has been sharing the same lover.

With only 5 volumes left to the finale of this series, I hope this series continue on in such a good note.

Grade: A

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Red River vol. 22

REDRIVER22Warning!!!! Reading this blog will lead to some spoilers!!! So beware if you wish to continue

What’s on the back: Learning that Nefertiti has taken Ramses to a temple inside her palace, Yuri rushes there to try to save him, In the course of the attempt, she and Nefertiti wind up in an argument that results in the proud Queen of Egypt learning too much! While all of this is ging on, the rebels have kept busy storming the palace. Success seems within their grasp, but their leader Yuri’s desire to rescue Ramses does not promise that they will ultimately triumph in their fight for freedom.

Review: Red River ranks as one of my top favourites. Not only is the story excellent. The main herione, Yuri, is actually a strong character. In a lot of shoujos, the main heroines normally has a flaw. Like for example, in PSME, the main heroine is timid and shy. Yuri’s only flaw is that she keeps getting kidnapped. lol.

In this volume, Yuri is leading a group of rebels in order to save Ramses from Nefertiti’s clutches. Honestly, I don’t find her as evil as the Nakia, but her ways of doing things is quite wrong. Yuri storms into Nefertiti’s palace and corners her in the temple. Yuri acidently said too much, and ultimately her identity was leaked. But in the end, evidence against Nakia’s and Nefertiti’s treachery towards their own nation was found, and Ramses was also release. Ramses also decided not to go after Yuri anymore. He realizes that Yuri loved Kail too much, and that he would never find a place in her heart.

Yuri had a problem though. The rebels learned about Yuri’s plan and thought that she had no intention of leading them in the rebellion. But Yuri’s intention was to release Ramses in order for him to hear the rebel’s woes.  But in reality, the rebels thought that Yuri was a traitor, so they set out to try to kill her. So during her journey back to a saver destination, they were attacked by the rebels. Yuri makes it out of the situation unharmed, but Ilbani was left behind to fight the rebels. Yuri arrives in Byblos and meets up with her old comrades. She rushes to Kail’s side only to find that he is sick.

Right at the end of the volume, we learn that Kail is sick. When I was reading this, I was like Oh My God…what happened to him? Now, I’m dying to know what happens next. But unfortunately, I don’t have the next volume.

Final Thoughts: I love the fluidity of this story. The story never leaves you confused or wonder what the hell just happened. I’m actually a sucker for Historical romances. Especially when it involves individuals who actually existed. Sometimes I even find myself looking it up in wikipedia. I can’t wait for the next volumes of this manga to arrive, especially since, the manga is almost done.

Overall Grade: A