A Bride’s Story Volume Four is a manga by Kaoru Mori, and it was published in North America by Yen Press in 2013. I don’t see a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend A Bride’s Story to manga readers who are 14 or 15 years of age and older.
A Bride’s Story is set in the Caucasus region of central Asia in the 19th century. The series originally started out focusing on the character of Amir and her arranged marriage.
Over the course of the series up to this point, Amir is still one of the main characters; however, the series also covers the stories of other brides and potential brides.
Amir appears in the very first chapter of Volume Four, and is part of the action in the storyline of Pariya, her friend who is getting a visit from a prospective groom and his father. However, the rest of Volume Four focuses on new characters who are introduced into the story.
Mr. Smith, the Englishman who has been traveling through the area and taking notes on the people and their customs, has continued on his journey. He accidentally falls off of his camel and into the sea, but he is rescued by a pair of twin girls. When they learn that he is a doctor, the twins take Mr. Smith and his traveling companion to their village.
The twins, Laila and Leily, turn out to be a handful; they’re very loud, demanding, and independent. They decide they want to take finding husbands into their own hands, and try several different things to nab a husband. Much of Volume Four focuses on these attempts.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this storyline with the twins. I found myself laughing and chuckling as their attempts to get husbands kept failing. The most humorous part, though, is when their mother gives them a crash course in bridehood and child rearing.
Another thing that really stood out to me happens early on in Volume Four. Amir’s clan is going through some political strife, and there are images of wolves in a wolf pack fighting amongst themselves. I thought this was a really clever use of juxtaposition to emphasize just how tumultuous things are for Amir’s kin at this point in the story.
Mori’s art continues to be stunning and exquisite. She puts so much detail into her artwork that it makes the reader feel as if they’re actually observing these people who live in 19th century Asia. One of the standout panels in this volume appears on page 46, when Mr. Smith sees the twins for the first time. This particular panel really jumps out at the reader.
I really enjoyed reading Volume Four of A Bride’s Story, and I can’t wait to be able to read Volume Five so I can see what happens to the characters as the story continues to progress.