Amira Hergal is a twenty year old woman who has travelled across the mountains near the Caspian sea in order to wed Karluk Ayhan, a young boy eight years her junior. Despite being far from her own village, Amira is a hard working girl who is eager to please and happily adapting to life in her new home. Now she lives a peaceful life with her new family, from going to meet Karluk’s nomadic uncle and baking bread to amazing the villagers with her archery skills. But when her old family decides to reclaim Amira and have her marry another man who will be more beneficial to the village, it seems her happy life with Karluk could be at an end...
Though it may seem weird that the girl's much older than the guy, with the guy being on his early stage of adolesence still. It's not, I assure you. As you read on, you won't feel any of that at all. In fact, their relationship may even be described as something innocent. I really like how this manga depicted a scene of arranged marriage. Because in a place where arranged marriage is like a natural thing, trust me, girls most of the times doesn't violently complain but calmly accepts the invitation, and would calmly refuses if allowed by their parents or accepts if she doesn't find anything wrong with it. I love how the manga didn't show the usual problems people who can't relate thinks happens in these kinds of arrangements. Because in our community, people involved in an arranged marriage doesn't dwell on things that outsiders would have problems on, things like them being strangers or whatnot. Both party usually accpets silently and go with the flow of things; just like what happened in this manga. I really love the additional wisdom talks though and the innuendos. I love the art and the designs of the carpets and sort-of comforters in the story.
I loved it. Don't let the cover fool you because the series is still ongoing. The art is amazing. I applaud the artist for giving such detail to the outfits and for her research. What captured my attention in this manga was how it gave life to the characters and different kinds of cultures and the mindset of people in that century. A lot of mangas try to show our modern beliefs in the old times which is nice however this stood out from the rest since it does not criticize the past beliefs and what other cultures believe in. As for the romance part, I found it wholesome, especially the main couples though the age gap may throw some people off and the fact that the woman is 8 years older. If you are thrown off by it, try reading the first 10 chapters. It is worth your time. The side characters and side storylines are interesting as well. Overall, this manga was a breathe of fresh air for me and I would definitely reread it again when there are more chapters.
Plants and animals are drawn beautifully. The ornate clothing is always drawn with precision and detail. Faces are emotive and attractive, and easily distinguishable. It's gorgeous art. And the panorama shots of city roads and landscapes take my breath away. I love almost all the characters. And one of the nice things about having a slice of life, sorta meandering storyline is that it doesn't feel out of place to devote a chapter to the goings-ons of a side character. This allows for characters beyond just the primary ones to feel more fleshed out and developed. The characters that I've grown most attached to are Amir, Pariya, Balkirsh, Yusuf, Joruk, and Ali. I rated the Story lower because even though most of the stories are pleasant and a decent number of them are captivating, there are also several plotlines which I don't really care for. Namely, the stories of Leily and Laila and of Anis. Also, at times, the mundanity of the daily life can feel less than fascinating. The best plotlines are the tension with the Halgal clan and Pariya's marriage prospects. I can't exactly point to certain chapters wherein these stories lie since the author weaves together several subplots and storylines throughout the narrative, creating a tapestry of customs and traditions from nineteenth century Central Asia--with a focus on family life and especially marriage practices. [Reviewed at chapter 87]
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