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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.18 c.132 by Shojo Manhwa Scans (3d ago)
v.18 c.131 by Shojo Manhwa Scans (33d ago)
v.18 c.130 by Shojo Manhwa Scans (70d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
22 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Reviews

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9 topics, 50 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (1029 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.26 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 31st 2013, 1:04am PST

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Year
2006

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Wink (Seoul Cultural Publishers)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (13 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #216 increased(+57)
Monthly Pos #538 increased(+12)
3 Month Pos #496 increased(+14)
6 Month Pos #454 increased(+61)

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On 3510 reading lists
On 1149 wish lists
On 317 unfinished lists
On 421 custom lists

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Forum Posts
This manga... -_- 255 days, 19 hours, 47 minutes ago
OH THE PAIN ::spoilers:: 280 days, 4 hours, 19 minutes ago
Does anyone know why Soah is fated to love 2 people? 1022 days, 13 hours, 56 minutes ago
who do you think is Habaek's fated person? 1188 days, 16 hours, 14 minutes ago
The reason 1420 days, 22 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Confusing...   
Rating: N/A
by Konstantine2010
June 22nd, 2012, 8:52pm
I made it to ch 50 and I think I'm gonna drop it. As others have said, the art is really good, but I feel like I never know what's going on. The plot is pretty vague and confusing. There's no indication of passage of time (has she been there a few days, a few months?), there are flashbacks thrown without it being clear it's a flashback until halfway through, and it's just really hard to follow. I feel like every time it starts to get a good flow and I think I know what's going on, there's a flashback or suddenly the scene ends/changes unexpectedly and without explanation. It also doesn't help that so many of the characters look similar. Everyone has long hair, flowing clothes, etc. I can only ever tell the main characters apart, and even then sometimes.... I really don't get the high ratings to be honest.

... Last updated on June 22nd, 2012, 8:53pm
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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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Really disappointing.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by secretcina
January 13th, 2012, 12:39pm
Dont understand the high ratings. Im pushing myself to read another page and im still like wtf is going on... ? I decided to drop this because i just hate hate hate this manhwa. I cant explain it well but i feel like soah and mui have no personality at all, and they dont have fun together, kinda like they just randomly fell into dramatic love that doesnt make sense... I dont like the art very much, the characters look awkward sometimes and their body is waaay out of proportion, the faces are kinda ugly, especially the huge noses. But i have to say, the art other than the characters is really well done so i had to give this a 4. :L

... Last updated on January 13th, 2012, 12:46pm
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kinda..   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by SirTT
January 11th, 2012, 1:00pm
beatiful art. however im not a big fan of manwha since i have a feeling it is not close to japanese manga. The drawing is really a work of art. Story is way to long before you actually get a point of the situation. But i kinda like it.
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Amazing!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jagara
December 25th, 2011, 4:40am
One of the best I've ever read. The artwork is amazing. And the angst's just right. This reminds me so much of 100% perfect girl. The plot development may get slow at times, but the subtlety of the story is what that made it somewhat different for me from other stories I read. Very beautiful and elegant characters, and Soah is a head turner. Definitely worth one time read.
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For women only   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by mowres
December 10th, 2011, 11:48am
God abuse her power for his sake of human women bride - kyaaaa.. sound melankolis ins't it?. the plot is to lame. the char drawing look alike, the diffren just tatto in head, in ayes, scraft, etc. I stop reading at vol 8, cuz its juz like drama, telenovela - thats why i think this manwha suit for women. cuz there is no fighting scene in here
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I Agree   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by promise2sweet
December 8th, 2011, 2:54pm
As everyone has mentioned this is a beautiful series - the artwork is amazing. I agree that it started off strong, maybe a times a tad slow, but, minus the sometimes confusing plot, I am growing a little tired of the plots to separate Mui and Soah, and Soah's indecisiveness. She's willing to let Mui give everything up for her, but she's not willing to do the same for him. As much as I love the series (or maybe because I love it), I think it's time for it to finish - let it finish strong instead of slowly dying.

In the end, I'll keep reading it and hoping Mui and Soah can live happily ever after. =)
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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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Fascinating dark tale.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Inori Yuzuriha
October 12th, 2011, 6:19pm
Let me say that I'm a big fan of dark, dramatic shoujo, especially when it involves a relationship between a human and another entity.

Bride of the Water God is one of the manhwa that you will either love or hate. It's not for everyone. It starts very slowly and the author dedicate a lot of time in the relationship of the two protagonists. She spends like 7 volumes if I remember correctly for
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Soah to realize that Mui is Habaek.

Somewhat later, the author is focusing more on the other gods and the hostilities between them. We get to see that it's not only about the romance between the 2 main characters but there is more. Pretty much a war.
However, I agree with some people that it is confusing at some parts; That because the story-telling ain't the best and it can confuse you easily if you won't pay much of attention. Many times the story-telling is not linear and it jumps to other scenes where you might have no idea what is going-on. Or many times, the author is not mentioning the names of the characters who talk and you have to memorize their appearance to remember who they are. But yes, the story is quite original.

Now, some of the characters are a problem. Mainly Soah. I don't hate Soah but the author hasn't given her any personality at all. She just stands there saying that she loves Habaek, etc. For example,
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She was easily used as a pawn by the Emperor, yet she did nothing. Later again, she is tricked so easily. I haven't seen her having any resistance against the enemies at all.


And Habaek. Habaek is a god but many times he is acting like an emo boy. Like at first,
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He is so buried in the past with Nakbin and even if he meets Soah to make a new start, he is obsessed with Nakbin again. Or very later when he gives up his powers to become a human and live with Soah; How stupid can that be? Habaek is a key figure in this war between gods, yet he give up the only protection he can offer to Soah. Even if he is a god, his decisions are not wise.


The artwork is amazing, however I prefer the sceneries she draws. They are simple stunning and they give you an air of traditional asian atmosphere.

Yes, this manhwa does has flaws but if you do not mind them, it is a great read. But only for the patient ones.
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Good I guess..   
Rating: N/A
by areumlee
August 23rd, 2011, 6:32pm
This story is so confusing! It's kind of a dark tale and there aren't many happy cutesy moments that don't follow up with angst. The story is really hard to keep up with, especially if you stop reading the story for a while - it's difficult to remember all the character names and their flashbacks (ie. importance in the plot). I forgot that there was any plot going on at some point..as the story seemed to make little progress after chapter 50 or so..

The art is really nice and detailed, although I'm not that impressed by the super pointy anatomy of the illustration, and the weird proportions. A lot of the positions (most notably the feet) are really awkward looking. I do LOVE the costumes and settings though, it's just that the characters don't really feel any more special to me than most mangas, if not less than average. Because of the similar facial features, I mix up a LOT of characters (including dudes and girls!), they are all tall and beautiful..but they almost all have similar expressions (ie. emotionless..sometimes they look like they are on cloud 9 too), if it weren't for the distinct costumes and sometimes hair, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference even if dialogue/monologue were there (indication of weak character impression upon the reader..). If I had to sit down and describe all the characters, I'd probably sit for an hour and only come up with something like "she's nice. He's mean." ..there's just too much put into the confusing story that we can't even see what kind of characters we are dealing with!!

It didn't leave an impression on me..
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