The Bride of the Water God
Author: Yun Mi-Kyung
Publisher:Dark Horse Comics
When Soah’s impoverished, desperate village decides to sacrifice her to the Water God Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will save their entire community and bring much-needed rain. Not only is Soah surprised to be rescued by the Water God–instead of killed–she never imagined she’d be a welcomed guest in Habaek’s magical kingdom, where an exciting new life awaits her Most surprising, however, is the Water God himself…and how very different he is from the monster Soah imagined.
There is something about a love story that always gets me. Soah’s family has a destructive father, who gambles and drinks excessively. Soah ends up being the person who takes the brunt of his horrible behavior. Often bearing the consequences of her father’s gambling debts. In most cases, the mother comes out as the protector, but in this story, Soah’s mother sort of steps back and never protects her. This is how she ends up as the bride to the water god.
As always, the art draws me to most manhwa, so beautiful and elegant. The cover pages are vibrant, it’s a beautiful manhwa to read. Soah and Mui are extremely adorable, while the irritable Habaek makes me smile. There is a diverse set of characters in the water world, each of them with a different agenda surrounding the Water God’s secret and his mysterious first wife. While the secrets and the mystery can be sometimes frustrating, it’s a good kind of frustrating that makes you want to solve the mystery of Nakbin and why Mui and Habaek act the way they do. Soah in most cases in an innocent bystander of the plots taking over the water world. Mui is constantly protecting her in the end, and I hope as the story goes on, she finds strength to protect him too.
Bride of the Water God is very addictive, I find myself returning to it over and over. So that makes it a charming, engaging read for me.
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