Adapted by SUOL
Penelope is invited to have lunch with her whole family, which turns into another chance for the servants to slight her with childish utensils. She storms away, leaving her father to discover the indignity. To make up for it, he has the butler clear out the attic where Penelope liked to sit as a child. Even this turns problematic as she has a terse encounter there with Reynold that reveals much about why he loathes Penelope. Later, Penelope decides to take Eckles on an outing and outfit him more as a proper knight. The affection meter for Eckles is steadily increasing, but he also continues to prove how dangerous he can be. Prince Callisto hosts yearly Hunting Celebration where Penelope made such a scene last year as to be banned. The prince lifted her punishment based on their last encounter, but he's still at a very deadly level for Penelope!
Our main character relied far less on the in-game prompts this time around, as she's going into parts of the game that she never played before. The Hunt wasn't part of the game, and she's going into territory that is all unfamiliar now. The scene with Reynold was heartbreaking as our main character used a lot of her own experience in her real life in her abusive childhood and filled in the gaps to make it suitable for a fantasy world to tell Penelope's backstory. The writing and illustrations in this scene beautifully captured the emotions Penelope was conveying.
The coloring and illustrations throughout the story continue to be amazing. SUOL does a lot of really creative things with light that amaze me. Every panel looks like it has some backlighting, but it's all achieved through coloring. SUOL is very conscious about what time of day it is during every panel, and it's reflected in the light shining behind the characters. It's an interesting perspective and makes for interesting backgrounds!
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Publisher: Ize Press
Publication Date: May 23, 2023
ISBN: 9798400900143 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: High School, Manhwa, Otomoisekai, Isekai, Romance, Family, Survival, Ize Press
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