Jaeha refuses to join Yona and the gang. He resents his dragon blood and is fighting against the allegiance he feels for Yona. For her part, Yona makes it clear that she is not going to force Jaeha to join them. Rather, she asks Jaeha to take them all to his pirate captain so that they can join the fight against the corrupt Kum-Ji. Everyone in Yona group's proves their worth to the captain as warriors (or warrior support, in Yun's case), except Yona. The captain gives her a nearly impossible task to complete to prove she will be useful and won’t betray the group during battle. Then, Yona volunteers for a dangerous mission into the heart of Kum-Ji’s operation.
This volume gets back to the good-nature and pure heart that Yona has, and shows that all the suffereing she's gone through hasn't made her hard. For the last three volumes, we've spent most of our energy on the dragons and figuring out who they are as people, so Yona has kind of taken a back seat to them and their stories. Yona's interactions with Jaeha, and her task from the captain, was a nice re-focus to our main character. The art of this series continues to be some of my favorite. Backgrounds are lush and beautiful, clothing is very detailed, and the characters themselves are drawn with care.
VIZ's rating of Teen (13+) continues to be appropriate. There is some mild bloodshed, and some hints at adult situations that are very mild.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy
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