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The Bride of the Water God  
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Description
When Soah's impoverished, desperate village decides to sacrifice her to the Water God Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will save their entire community and bring much-needed rain. Not only is Soah surprised to be rescued by the Water God-instead of killed-she never imagined she'd be a welcomed guest in Habaek's magical kingdom, where an exciting new life awaits her! Most surprising, however, is the Water God himself... and how very different he is from the monster Soah imagined.

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Невеста речного бога
水神的新娘
河神的新娘
하백의 신부
A Esposa do Deus da Água (Portuguese)
A vízisten menyasszonya (Hungarian)
Bride of Habaek
Bride of the Water God
Cô Dâu Thủy Thần
Habaek
Habaek-eui Shinbu
L'Épouse du dieu de l'eau (French)
La Sposa di Habaek (Italian)

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Latest Release(s)
v.19 c.140 by Shojo Manhwa Scans (24d ago)
v.19 c.139 by Shojo Manhwa Scans (25d ago)
v.19 c.137-138 by Shojo Manhwa Scans (26d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Ongoing)
176 Chapters (Completed)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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9 topics, 50 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (1054 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.26 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 10th 2014, 7:46am PST

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Year
2006

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Wink (Seoul Cultural Publishers)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (15 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #513 increased(+35)
Monthly Pos #624 decreased(-443)
3 Month Pos #257 increased(+118)
6 Month Pos #290 increased(+51)

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On 3549 reading lists
On 1176 wish lists
On 109 completed lists
On 335 unfinished lists
On 449 custom lists

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Forum Posts
This manga... -_- 415 days, 12 hours, 16 minutes ago
OH THE PAIN ::spoilers:: 439 days, 20 hours, 48 minutes ago
Does anyone know why Soah is fated to love 2 people? 1182 days, 6 hours, 25 minutes ago
who do you think is Habaek's fated person? 1348 days, 8 hours, 43 minutes ago
The reason 1580 days, 14 hours, 32 minutes ago

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It was fun at first...   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by flowinmyboat
November 20th, 2012, 8:56pm
...then the author started dragging it on longer than it needs to be. As a rule of thumb, shoujo-esque mangas should never exceed 50 chapters. Just by nature the cliches, the whining, the crying, the love triangles, the angst, the misunderstandings, the melodrama and bad decisions get irritating by that point so most authors think of wrapping it up by then.

Also, when I say fifty chapters, I mean for a story with a legit plot and semi-decent characters. This story has the blandest heroine I've ever seen, blander than Bella from Twilight or Hatsumi from Hot Gimmick. It's not even that she's weak, she just has no presence. I'm not sure why I'm should be rooting for her. The lead male has a terrible personality, which we as shoujo manga/manhwa readers have seen a thousand times over so it's nothing new. I wouldn't even describe their romance as a romance: their "love" just suddenly happened one chapter and then the girl that caused this whole plot to happen--Habaek's greatest love--didn't matter anymore.

It's shoujo but this story flows really unnaturally, it's getting too long and tends to go in circles. The sad part is this could have been an amazing manhwa if it was short and to the point. It's art was pretty enough but I wouldn't really recommend this series to anyone, even for the art.

... Last updated on November 20th, 2012, 8:58pm
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Very good plot.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
January 19th, 2010, 12:15pm
One thing I like most about the characters Mi-kyung created is that Mui (the "hot" male character) is not obsessed with himself, he's not conceited, arrogant or stupid. He's smart, charismatic, gentle, and most importantly: he has a weakness. Yeah, at first, he didn't give a shit about Soah at all because he barely knows her. But thank god he has a few people to prove to him that Soah can be important to him. He's not your typical shoujo/shounen guy where he trips about everything or he thinks he can get anything just because he's hot. He doesn't use his looks and he doesn't take advantage of people. In fact, I really like the fact that such a good-looking character can be so soft and trust all these people who's stabbing him in the back.

I do like the fact that this is a change of pace of what I've been reading. I've been reading stories where 200 guys like one girl (such as Fushigi Yugi), or where 200 girls like one guy but he's too rich to care. This is one of the first manwha (haha, don't even know if I spelled it right) I've liked reading. This manga has only three girls who are all in love with Mui but notice that their presence takes that of 200 already. The strong emotions (love, betrayal, jealousy, loyalty, etc.) are all portrayed equally, not one over the other and that's what draws me in.

The only thing I'm somewhat confused is that new characters are introduced too soon and too fast that I often lose track which character belongs to which name, haha.
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I don't think some characters even have an important role (such as Chunhoo who was a fortune-teller back in her world), Bi Reom (not sure if that's his name but he's the wind god that Mui claimed was pitiful because the emperor kicked him out), and even more, Hooye. At the beginning, he did have a strong role, but now that the plot's changing (especially Nakbim VS Soah, the emperor VS Mui, and Soah VS Mui), Hooye has no part anymore. The only thing that keeps him around is that the emperor officially announced he will be marrying a kidnapped Soah from the Water Country.


But atlas, for some reason, I fear the ending of this manwha is coming soon. By the time I was done with volume 9, Mui was already fighting against himself if he should follow Soah, the one who made him seek the future, or Nakbim, the one who made him stick to the past. A very good book so far, recommended to anyone with an open mind about gods and goddesses, a love stuck between the present and the past, and especially recommended to anyone who's always in awe and rather speechless by the time s/he's done with one chapter. Haha, not someone who's always going to be cursing which one Mui should be with. bigrazz

... Last updated on January 19th, 2010, 12:26pm
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Pisses me off -_-   
Rating: N/A
by Yuri256
January 14th, 2012, 3:21pm
Okay so I dropped this manhwa after around ch 70, then I read it until the last update once again. Still love the art, but I'm getting so tired all these tragedies, one after another!!!! The storyline is dragging a bit too much. I just want Mui and So-ah to end up happily together already. Like god damn it, so-ah should have just become a god already! Instead...

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Another freaking goddess had to interfere and now soah's got another mortal girl as a rival who saw mui in his real form. >:( Hope soah's new rival dies as soon as possible and mui and her end up happily together in the god world once again!!!
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Not sure I'll finish it   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Lu-chan
November 14th, 2011, 9:42pm
I loved the first volumes, the art, the costumes, the scenery, everything was so original! I didn't even mind the confusing aspects because it hinted at hidden depths and I loved the plotting going on in the background, how every single character was following their own agenda, to which, as the reader, you're not privy to, only making things more interesting. And that was what made the charm of this manhwa, because the overall romance plot is pretty cliché.

But when coming back to it after a while, I realise that what held me fascinated in the first 10 volumes or so doesn't work anymore. As reviewers have already pointed out, Soah is pretty tasteless and bland and she didn't grow at all throughout the series, her sole defining attribute is that she's a pretty girl in love, but as this is a romance shoujo that's not saying much. The problem is that Mui suffers from more or less the same problem, he's a dark, tall and handsome figure all right, but 10 volumes in the characterization is a little thin!

What's more is that the evolution of the romance is not romantic or memorable, I've reached the wedding night and it pulled me straight out of my read, you've got every single sexist cliché about the blushing bride (and the reminiscence of Soah's hardheadedness in the first chapters is only worse now that she's come to this!) who's at the disposal of the husband and has to wait for him to come and 'claim his prize'. Then comes the 'I pin your wrists to the bed and loom over you because that's hot' and no preliminaries whatsoever for this virgin before he attempts to penetrate her either. Surely the strength of her love is supposed to make up for the pain and the fact that her pleasure, and her playing an active part in the obtaining of that pleasure, are apparently an impossibility.

I'm well aware that this is a common depiction of sex, where it's all about the male being a male, (and the woman being a simple recipient) and that it even plays in the common feminine fantasies about sex (in this patriarchal culture we globally live in where a woman who likes sex is a wh*re (but a guy's just a guy!) it takes away the feelings of guilt (wrongly!) attached to have the man take 'control', if he's in charge then you're not responsible, you did not actively seek pleasure so it's not your fault you're engaging in such shameful behaviour etc...) but it doesn't make it any less misogynistic, healthy or OK.

So yeah, as much as I loved it in the beginning, I'm really not sure I'll ever finish it.
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Waaaaaat?   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by antismileyfaces
July 30th, 2013, 6:23pm
Alright so you start off really enjoying this manga. This plot is intriguing and the artwork is gorgeous. But as you advance farther and farther you sink into this rabbit hole of nonsense plot lines and too many characters to count doing God knows what. Ugh. It really upsets me because the artwork is so good but eventually the story just gets way too bad for it to even be worth reading anymore. I ended up having to drop it. I just wish the author had known when to stop to story....or even where she was going with this story because at this point its just an endless string of pointless misery, odd love triangles, and dumb competition. If ratings went by artwork alone I'd give it a 10 but if you include the story its more like a 4.
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Moving pictures manhwa   
Rating: N/A
by artdjmaster
November 21st, 2008, 4:08pm
This manhwa does not rely on text to move the story along, but rather lush settings and beautiful character drawings. I do not know why people are saying the plot goes all over the place, because it's a pretty slow story and there's not much to be confused about. Two volumes have so far been published, but it is still going to be published by Dark Horse in 2009. If you want to experiment with reading manhwa, please do so with this series!
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good pick   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by naczyls
March 20th, 2010, 12:39am
I love the way the plot goes - the characters were revealed slowly unlike some other manga/manhwa where the main characters started making out at the end of first 100pages. The slow but detailed storyline allows us to understand the characters deeply (and i realized that i dont hate any of the characters so far because all of them have their reasons to be who they are - after 77chapters)..
Though i must admit that there are some plots where i got annoyed because of the slow moving flashbacks and the lack of emotional expressions at critical times (especially when a character seems to be shouting but her facial expression doesn't show that at all). However, all these can be forgiven because the author is pretty inexperienced.

Overall, this is a good manhwa to read especially if you love pretty drawings (and very much detailed) and the main characters don't fall in love at first sight with no reason at all.


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I decided to drop this manga after the continuous dragging and repetition of ZERO plots.

... Last updated on October 22nd, 2013, 6:46pm
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Dragging on forever   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by timenchips
July 31st, 2013, 11:23am
I loved the art, and it had such great potential in the beginning chapters but holy crap, it's like a never-ending train wreck. The moment one problem is solved, there's another scheme or plot that the protagonist is dragged into.
At times I think about just dropping the story all together, but I love the art too much. I guess I'll wait until this is finished before getting back into it and changing my rating :/

... Last updated on July 31st, 2013, 11:24am
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GORGEOUS   
Rating: N/A
by lalamesilly
March 31st, 2008, 5:37pm
The drawing in this manhwa is gorgeous and so beautiful! The best drawn manhwa (I think even better than mangas) I've ever seen. Also the plots interesting too. This manhwaka puts alot of time on everything and you could see her effort (which pays off). It's no wonder that its a hit.
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It used to be good.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by butako chan
July 16th, 2013, 6:25pm
The initial volumes were immensely interesting to read due to the amazing art. But this manhwa has really gone downhill. It's dragged on for too long and the stupidity of the characters make me want to blow buildings up (seriously, it's like being in Korean drama hell). Unless the author pulls off a spectacular ending somehow, the ratings are only going to get lower.

... Last updated on July 16th, 2013, 6:28pm
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