Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 23
by Mizuho Kusanagi
Shojo Beat, 2020
9 cups of tea out of 11
Summary: *I won’t spoil this volume but I’ll probably spoil previous ones.* Yona meets the princess of a different kingdom and accidentally gets involved in the conflict of ideology between her and her sister.
Likes: We know at this point that Zeno doesn’t die but a lot of work has been done to make sure that his ability is balanced out. He still feels pain. So when he’s holding up the burning building it means a lot even though he won’t die. The other dragons want to save him and he knows this so he leaves the building and collapses into Yona’s arms. It is a beautiful few panels as he heals and it feels emotional as well as physical. Voldo and Algira’s friendship is funny and heartwarming. I also like that even though the two sisters don’t agree they both have valid points and care about their people. We also see the pressure getting to Yona for the first time. It was hard to watch and she does recover but it was important to show the shift because the stakes are higher moving into the next volume.
Dislikes: There was a confession of feelings but it felt yanked back because the other person wasn’t listening and asked them to repeat what they said and then they refused to. (But it was still a very cute scene.)
Overall I’m so glad I have the next volume because the stakes went up directly here. I’m worried. There will also possibly be a direct confrontation that I’ve been anticipating and fearing.