Series: Dawn of the Arcana #2
Published: February 7th 2012 by VIZ Media LLC
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I had mixed feelings about Vol. 1 of Dawn of the Arcana, and decided to give Volume 2 a chance to see if it would get better.
The general premise of the story is that a red-haired princess named Nabaka is forced into a political marriage to Prince Caesar in order to prevent war between the two countries. Nabaka is alone in a strange land, and the only friendly face is her half-dog servant Loki.
Caesar hates Nabaka and hates that he’s been forced to marry her. He sees her as inferior. But in this volume he starts to come around and actually develop feelings for her. Meanwhile, Loki also likes Nabaka, and has some major jealousy issues regarding Caesar. To be fair, Caesar has treated Nabaka pretty terribly, but now Loki wants to kill Caesar, and the whole love triangle is muddled and frustrating. I hate both male love interests, which I think is the biggest reason why this series isn’t working for me. Neither of them respects Nabaka’s agency as a person, and I think they’ve both treated her unforgivably.
Even getting to learn more about Nabaka’s superpower (her red hair marks her as part of a race that Caesar’s father exterminated because he saw their time magic as a threat) wasn’t enough to draw me into the series. I wanted the blend of fantasy and romance, but the romance fell so flat as to overshadow everything else.
Verdict: I gave this one a chance and read two books. I don’t think I’ll continue.