Yona, Hak, Yun, and Gija are continuing their search for the dragon warriors. Gija leads them across the Fire Tribes lands in search of the Blue Dragon. They come upon a village dug into the mountain range. Here, they find that the villagers are not very welcoming, and all the unwed villagers wear masks. They make fleeting contact with the Blue Dragon before he is lost to the caves. The villagers shun Yona's group for pursuing the cursed young man, and they reveal that the power of the Blue Dragon is shameful to them and something they have tried to hide from the outside world. Elsewhere under the mountain, the Blue Dragon reflects on his harsh childhood where he was ostracized by his family and raised by the previous Blue Dragon, Ao.
I'm really surprised at how quickly we are finding all these dragon warriors. Two over two volumes! This must not be the main gather-quest for this 20-something-volume series. I do like that the Blue Dragon's village is the antithesis of Gija's village where he was adored and venerated. Some manga that add one new character per volume tend to still bury their new people in side storylines, but Yona does a great job of focusing on character building while still involving the main characters. This is still one of the most beautifully drawn series I've read.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy
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