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Rei Toma

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Book Description

Dec 6 2011 Dawn of the Arcana (Book 1)
A medieval fantasy where a princess’s mysterious power alters her fate!

Reads R to L (Japanese Style).

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage...and a mysterious power!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (Dec 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421541041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421541044
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born on March 11 in Chiba, Rei Toma debuted in a special edition of Cheese! magazine with Help Me, Dentist in 2005. In addition to publishing a number of short stories, she has produced novel illustrations and character designs for video games. Her current manga series, Dawn of the Arcana, is serialized in Cheese! magazine. Toma enjoys eating ramen and harumaki (egg rolls), listening to rock music, and reading mysteries.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fantasy Romance Dec 19 2011
By Ellen W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Princess Nakaba of Senan is married off to Prince Caesar of Belquat. It's a marriage meant to instill peace between the two nations, though this tactic has never worked in the past. Caesar is scornful of his new bride, her foreign clothes and red hair (the latter of which was a source of shame even in her home country). He's also not fond of her servant, the half-dog, Loki, who will go to great lengths to protect his mistress's honor. Nakaba is alone except for Loki, in a strange land. Even worse, a mysterious power starts to make itself known. When Loki shows aggression toward the king, she'll have to turn to the last person she expected to help her only friend.

"Dawn of the Arcana" is set in a generic medieval fantasy land populated by humans and the half-human, half-beast ajin (Loki is one of these). The plot is a little lazy, and could use better pacing. However, the artwork is gorgeous. Toma draws beautiful people, with big, expressive eyes and flowing hair. I also enjoy her detailed costumes, and her background (though she probably doesn't show the latter enough).

The characters are familiar. Nakaba is the feisty, rebellious princess. Loki is her loyal servant who's also got a thing for her. And Caesar is the jerk who you just know is really soft on the inside and has his own man-angst to deal with (Toma is great at giving him wounded-puppy eyes).

But even though I've seen characters like these before, somehow they still get to me. I really enjoy the romance between Nakaba and Caesar. I've read pretty far into this manga online, and their relationship does develop well.

Overall, "Dawn of the Arcana" is a decent manga with great artwork. Yeah, the story could use some work, but I do enjoy all the drama it contains. If you're looking for a good soap-operish fantasy-romance, look no farther.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting start for some Dec 3 2011
By Lily - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I picked up Dawn of the Arcana after reading a particular review in Otaku USA. Having said that I totally agree on one thing, but I'll get to that.

Nakaba is a Princess stuck in between a war between two lands, while Caeser is a Prince also stuck. The only difference is one has red hair and one has black. In this age the people with black hair are considered to be royal and special while they hate the people with red or pretty much any other colored hair. Red for some reason is especially hated. Caeser being the 2nd son is being forced to marry Nakaba who happens to have red hair, they marry to bring peace even though the last time this happened the woman was killed and they didn't even try to hide the fact of who did it.

This is a story of 'love' with a twist. The only real other element (besides Caeser being a total arse) is Loki, who has ears. Now sub people (as they call them) are even more despised then people with red hair. They live as lowly servants and can be killed at the drop of a hat even though they are apparently stronger then the average human. So how in the heck (as said by Otaku USA) did the humans end up controling the sub people? Loki follow Nakaba around like the loyal ummm dog he is and protects her from Caeser who is constantly threatening to kill Nakaba. Somewhere along the way they decide to throw in 'The Times Arcana' which you will find out when you read.

All and all it's not bad, check it out but read the first chapter online. I did NOT buy from Amazon, I buy from my local bookstore.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but Steady Fantasy Manga March 16 2012
By Jennifer Ironside - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Dawn of the Arcana" is a stunningly-illustrated manga that takes place in a medieval fantasy world inhabited by humans and "ajin", who are part humans and part animals.

Prince Caesar of Belquat and Princess Nakaba of Senan must wed to keep the peace between their warring countries, but they have nothing in common. Prince Caesar wants to control his new bride, but soon discovers she is more than his match. Furthermore, he faces an unlikely rival - her faithful ajin servant, Loki.

Although the plot moves slowly at times and the characters are not unique to shojo manga, the relationship between Princess Nakaba and Loki is so touching it is definitely worth the read.

I give this manga four jousts out of five.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start.... March 7 2012
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This manga caught my attention right away. Nabaka's eyes are stunning. As I usually do, I read a bit of the first pages online before I considered buying it. Well, a few pages turned into finishing the entire first volume in about a hour or so. Addicting, yes. A fresh concept? Not exactly.
Enter Nabaka, a redhead who is also princess of Senan, one of the two countries in the book. The other country is Belquat, a rivaling country. Nabaka is forced to marry Caesar, prince of Belquat. He's handsome on the outside, but on the inside not as caring as he looks, and considers Nabaka more his "hostage" than wife. Last, there is Loki, Nabaka's servant and good friend. He is kind and would do anything to protect Nabaka.He's a half human half animal, and the people that are of that race are servants. People with black hair are treated like royality, while all the other colors are just the regulars.
Nabaka feels a little blank in this volume. We know shes nice and all...we also know that she can fight. Sorta. She needs to learn to trust herself before she gets into anything serious. We learn about her and Loki's past, which is shared. We learn about Caesar's past too. If you haven't already guessed this is a love triangle, and it all feels similar.
I might sound like I didn't enjoy this first volume, but I did. Near the end of it things get intresting: Caesar asks his brother if he's ever touched his wife, Loki challenges Caesar to a jousting match, Nabaka faints a bit (much to my annoyance) and uh yeah...strongly reccommend trying the book before you actually buy it. I can't wait to get volume 2 :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS MANGA !! ITS SO WORTH IT!! Feb. 25 2012
By mary gavidia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I cant tell you enough how good of a manga this is! dont read it online buy so the more products you buy from this manga the more they'll make , I have read many manga Fruit Baskets, Beast Master, Meru Puri, Ranma 1/2 , Boys Over Flower, Black Bird ect...... This manga is really good you should read it and buy it its great! This manga will defitnetlly go on my collection I hope it will go on yours

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