I finally had the chance to return to this series and pick up Volume 2, and I have to say that the more I read of this series, the more I fall in love with it. The art is still holding strong and the story keeps getting better. If you haven’t already read my review for volume 1, I would highly suggest starting there before we get into spoiler territory. If you’re looking to pick up some volumes of this series, I honestly will suggest getting the physical copies, it’s worth it. They come in only hardcover, but I think that also allows the publisher to present the art and pages in a larger format which also means better quality to showcase Kaoru Mori’s amazing artwork. Buying a manga or any comic in general in hardcover just gives me a completely different feel than buying the regular soft-cover manga volumes. I’m not sure why, but it’s almost like it gains an extra sense of importance or respectability. But that also could just be me and my brain making weird connections.
Anyways, the story of the second volume picks up where we left off after Amir’s family’s first visit to her new family to try and take her back to their tribe to remarry. After being turned away once, they return again in full force determined to take her away this time. The only problem is Amir is part of their family now, and this family does not give up so easily. We are also introduced to a new character, Pariya, who is commonly considered by prospective husbands as too cheeky to be a worthy wife. Later on, we are also given more insight into Mr. Smith’s past as a messenger arrives in town baring letters from far-off lands. Kaoru Mori continues to weave interesting stories set in the not-so-standard 19th century Silk Road. Continue reading