Foreign Friday: Bride of the Water God

This week’s Foreign Friday title is Bride of the Water God by Mi-Kyung Yun. Unlike my usual Japanese manga topics, this is a Korean comic.

The Story

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.

The Characters

Soah is a quiet, compassionate human who finds herself caught up in the plots and politics of supernatural beings. Yet, while she can’t always comprehend what is going on around her, she shows backbone in fighting for a place in their world. Haebek, the water god, is a boy/man shrouded in mystery, whose true intentions are never openly expressed. They make an intricate and compelling couple.

What I Thought

Bride of the Water God is a story full of symbolism and deep character development.  Because it is based on Korean folk lore or mythology, the plot can feel really involved and confused at times. (Not to mention that I’m not used to Korean names and I get the characters confused from time to time). Mi-Kyung Yun spends a lot of energy in the art, which is splendid, as well a the poetry and colored pages that begin each segment of the story. Because of the intricacy of the plot, I would say that the target audience is older teen. It’s definitely an intriguing series! There are 11 volumes available in English in the U.S.

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