Author: WooSoo Jung
Publisher: Yen Press
Rating: Teen (13+)
Released: December 2008
Synopsis: “While exploring the mysterious desert, Eun-Gyo, No-Ah and Ho-Dong find a magnificent mansion in the middle of nowhere. There they discover some secrets about the Seven Blade Sword form the mistress of the mansion, who herself is harbouring a secret. And before the end of the night, somebody dies…”
In this fourth volume of Legend, the three travelling companions continue their search for the piece of the Seven Blade Sword but some shocking dreams are hard to ignore. With Eun-Gyo’s feelings in a knot and No-Ah learning more and more about their true connections to one another, there’re more than a few distractions for the trio when they make their way into a grand mansion surrounded by hypnotic flowers.
Eun-Gyo continues to crack me up! She’s such a fun main heroine. She has all the spunk and lead-male fawning you’d expect, but her honesty and at times even downright rude attitude (jealously rears its ugly head!), make her an entertaining and easily likeably lead. No-Ah continues to be your classic stoic pretty boy though of course there remains more than meets the eye with him. Young Ho-Dong doesn’t play much role in this book but his vague attempts to cheer up Eun-Gyo is a clear and cute reflection of his feelings. Poor guy, secondary characters don’t get the girl!
Several new characters are introduced here as well, some good, some bad and some questionable. Its nice having a face to put to the enemy since the book lacked a real feeling of severity in their search until now. Reincarnation and past lives are weaving their way into the story, bringing along the promise of lots of strange encounters and many surprise revelations to come.
Yen Press’s work on this fourth book remains consistant with the work done on previous. The cut size of the book is relatively larger than most and it really helps the art pop off the page. The interior art is printed well with sharp black and white contrasts and notable issues with the trimming. As usual they keep the full-colour interior pages intact on some fairly high quality paper and they’re always a pleasant treat to start a book with. I’m still not overly keen on some of their back-of-book synopsises which often fail to really protray much of the book’s intended drama. In this case, it just feels like they’re desperately grasping at straws for readers’ attention…
Legend is a series that’s been growing on me overtime but after this volume, I’d say it’s definitely a keeper. The characters are distinct and vibrant, the art remains really cute with its share of beautifully detailed moments, and the story feels like its finally taken off running. I look forward to learning more about the real story behind these characters, as well as the the mysterious Seven Blade Sword, and hope that future volumes can charm me as much as this one fourth one did.