Monday, June 29, 2020

The Kingdom of the Gods; In-Wan Youn

Title: The Kingdom of the Gods
Authors: In-Wan Youn, Eun-Hee Kim (idea), Kyung-Il Yang (Illustrations)
Genre: Horror; Manga; Graphic Novels
Published: May 19 2020
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC

Years of war and famine and have plunged Joseon into chaos. Young Prince Yi Moon, after losing all his bodyguards to an assassination attempt, has no choice but to turn to the mountain bandit Jae-ha for help. But as the unlikely pair race to find safety in a world gone mad, it becomes horrifyingly clear that humans aren’t the only thing they must fear!
In a bonus story, a secluded island becomes a private battlefield as the notorious Japanese criminal Juu and the infamous Korean felon Han face off against each other. But they aren’t the only ones on the island…

*Thank you to NetGalley, VIZ Media, and In-Wan Youn, for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*


Hello Fellow Readers!

So like everyone else I've heard of this being adapted to Netflix and before I dive into that I wanted to read the Graphic Novel. The premise of this sounds amazing, and it a point. The first thing I would say is that it sort of starts and ends abruptly. I was looking to see if this was going to continue as a series or if this was a one-off but unfortunately, I can't find anything anywhere. If this was a series I would have rated it higher, because then I know I would be getting a conclusion to Yi Moon and Jae-ha's story.

I really liked Jae-ha and I really wish this was longer so I would be able to understand his character more, He definitely has the potential to be such a complex and great character, his banter with the other characters in the novel was one of the highlights. I also really like the way they created the undead in this, as well as showing the fact that in order to really stop this you had to heal the famine and resolve the war. This story had a amazing potential and if it was continued it could have become a favorite of mine.

The illustrations were also very good, I wished they would have been in color but it doesn't take away from the artwork that is just personal preference.

The bonus story was good, but a little too short for me to really give a rating on. It had a lot more violence and action than the first story, but I still found it interesting and would be willing to read more if it came out.

Overall, if this story had a conclusion or was a continuing series I would have rated it much higher, but as it stands I would need more. 

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