Little Bella, a war orphan who once trusted for survival; grows up carrying an abandonment wound. It’s a life without purpose, she’s the unseen, unheard, and a war slave. Kiris embraces Bella, a girl he once abandoned, now has been forgotten. Maybe it is too late when he’d found her again. Will she get over past hurts and believe in love again, when there is too much damage done?
For any women reading, I have some love advice: If the guy you fancy sells you to a noble woman on a whim who beat and scarred you in exchange for a castle, tortured then killed a precious person who gave their life to protect you from him, and overall shows themselves to be a psychopath years after meeting him... You really really should get over him. Thats not a healthy relationship, even if he looks sad. Its a shame as otherwise its somewhat interesting. If only the writer made it about her breaking free and becoming the person the MC dreamed of on her own, than trying to set her up with the psychopathic male interest. Also, MC is a tiny bit of a Mary Sue, but her slowly recovering from depression is a bit relatable.
I started off very invested in this story, particularly the female lead, Bella. But very quickly the "romance" with the male lead turned me off. He is just... the worst. To be fair, I'm not crazy about his archetype to begin with, but they just take the awefulness too far, and it became impossible for me to feel comfortable with them ending up together after how he treated her and his actions in general. The story is framed as one where Bella needs to "forgive and forget" in order to be with him, but his actions are absolutely terrible, and not deserving of forgiveness, regardless of how he might try to make up for them. And very quickly, the characters, which seemed really interesting at the start, have become two dimensional and predictable. Now, the art is pretty, and absolutely no shame for people who liked this, but there are much better ones out there.
Story: This story is about Bella, a war orphan who was abandoned by Kiris, who later becomes the emperor. He finds her years later and the story kicks off. Bella is expected to 'get over past hurts and believe in love again' at the end of this book but I just find that unacceptable. I feel like I'm just reading to see when she's finally going to develop Stockholm syndrome. I'd rather not. art: the art was okay. vibrant colors, good shading but from the drawing... I was getting some sailor moon vibes which I'm not a fan of. sorry. Characters: Ahh. Haven't we all been waiting for this? I think the author tried too hard to express their archetypes and roles and as a result, lost space for actual character depth. Take the emperor as an example. the author tried to portray him as a stereotypical perfect ml. cold and distant on the outside but warm and caring on the inside. the problem is the author focused way too much on making him appear cold and when they realized he was also supposed to be 'warm on the inside', they tried to fit in scenes where he appears kind but instead, it just makes the character as a whole crumble apart. this problem was persistent in almost all the characters. the ml was the worst though. overall: this surprisingly took my attention and kept me hooked for 16 episodes before I called it quits. I mean, a girl can only take so much. altogether, not too bad. if I was younger when I found this, I probably would've read it till the very end and would've even crossed my fingers in hopes that Bella would end up with the emperor. so maybe it was meant for younger audiences but I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
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