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From Yen Press:

Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori (Emma, Shirley) brings the nineteenth-century Silk Road to lavish life, chronicling the story of Amir Halgal, a young woman from a nomadic tribe betrothed to a twelve-year-old boy eight years her junior. Coping with cultural differences, blossoming feelings for her new husband, and expectations from both her adoptive and birth families, Amir strives to find her role as she settles into a new life and a new home in a society quick to define that role for her.


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Associated Names
Истории молодой невесты
Истории невесты
A Bride's Story
Bride Stories (French)
Opowieść Panny Młodej
Otoyome Gatari
Otoyome Katari
Pariya-san wa Otoshigoro
Strange Bride Story
The Bride's Stories
Young Bride's Story

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IIChan Translation Group

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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (1166 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.04 / 10.0
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Fellows! (Enterbrain)
Harta (Enterbrain)

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English Publisher
Yen Press (5 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by makoz
March 25th, 2009, 3:01pm
Only 3 chapters out, but wow, the art is just beautiful and detailed. The story has barely been unfolded, but i'm already captivated by the characters and settings. I cannot wait to read more of it.
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Amazing art!   
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by Helaine
March 20th, 2009, 7:22am
WOW. I'll give 10/10 just for the art. 0.0

Seriously, this is sooo different from Emma. In emma her drawing style is still unattractive (the human's face) but now I think everything is beautiful. The backgrounds, the face, and THE CLOTHING. I would kill my own arm if I have to sketch and ink all those patterns... wow!

10/10 for the art! Since it's only 2 chapters scanlated so far, I can't give you a review about the storyline yet... sorry XD
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I applaud thee, Mori Kaoru!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by asaliah1116
February 18th, 2009, 6:03am
The early 90's introduced the term 'Girl Power' courtesy of Spice Girls. In reality, the female race had always been powerful. Not just in physical strength but mental and emotional as well. In truth, females had always been on par with the males and this was translated well in Mori Kaoru's latest period work.

I applaud her bravery and effort in delving into the never before illustrated world when the Silk Road was the main transportation highway that bridged Asia and Europe. She had also made a complete 180 in portraying a young nomadic married woman, a kind of protagonist that no ordinary mangaka can/will never touch even with a 10-foot pole.

I love the details of her work, her art is as excellent as ever. Polished and mature, clean and precise. I especially was impressed with her impression of the native dresses, something that I have noticed that had been drawn with such care ever since 'Emma'.

About rabbit hunting...I'm disappointed by a person's review about Mori-sensei lacking sensibility and sensitivity. The protagonist was hunting the rabbits for food for her family, not for fun. In 'Emma' there was a mentioned fox hunting activity which was more barbaric in nature as it is a sport to hunt down foxes for the pure fun of it. Plus, the setting was 19th century, probably even before that and along the straits of the Silk Road known to be a harsh environment to live in. They were people who valued necessity over frivolity. For that, the rabbit hunting was completely justified.

A lovely story from Mori Kaoru, a worthy work preceeding the mammoth that was 'Emma'.
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Really good...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
January 31st, 2009, 4:02pm
Hmm, I thought Emma was very good. Well, this one seems to be even better as it offers an interesting and amazing portrayal of life in the 19th century. Btw, I doubt the story was in the 1500s though, as the architecture seemed a little too advanced(maybe I'm off?) for that time. Furthermore, there was a guy wearing glasses complete with spectacle frames, an invention, I believe which only appeared in the last 200 hundred years or so.

To the poster who was offended by the act of killing rabbits: this is more like a documentary. Besides, most/many hunted with respect and economy for animals in those days, as opposed to the disrespect many have for the "mass farms of animal food" we get now.

... Last updated on January 31st, 2009, 4:06pm
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Good :)   
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by polarpotterbear
January 11th, 2009, 8:57pm
I wish there were more chapters out! It has the simpleness of the Emma series but in a totally different setting. I love it so far smile

edit: I am in love with the twins' story with the 2 brothers. They're so adorable together and I love their relationships with each other. And the art details of their wedding were just ridiculously amazing!

... Last updated on December 11th, 2012, 1:23pm
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From the creator of Emma comes another historical masterpiece...   
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by DarkSlushie
January 10th, 2009, 4:36pm
The guy who only draws maids is no longer drawing maids? That's a shame...but I'm still hopeful. After only reading two chapters, I can tell this story is going to be amazing. I hope the romance aspects of this will further develop. Amira's husband hasn't even had his growth spurt yet!
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it is awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Veltwolfsleer
January 2nd, 2009, 9:20am
I've always loved this artists style even if i didnt like the story line to emma (i felt it was a bit bland for my taste) but im feeling something that tells me that this will be a hit. im giving it a 9 for now but once more chapters come out ill probably change it to a 10.

to the writer below me lol your 2 centuries buddy it says in the description that this takes place in the 1500s

to the writer below the one below me *facepalm* we're doing way worse to people and animal in these days why are you so focused on this one act of hunting something, which most all of the world at that time did for meat. its not like she did it for fun and how else did you expect the author to show how good amira is with the bow and horse then have her hunt
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by luzzz
December 24th, 2008, 12:48am
The art is awe-inspiring. The attention to detail - next to none. There's not enough in terms of story to make a judge on whether this one is a winner or not, but I have a good feeling after reading the first chapter.

And to the poster below me: I understand that some people are opposed to the killing of and cruelty to animals, but you must put the girl's actions into the context of the story and background. This is the 19th/18th Century and it's a story about farmers/nomads - I highly doubt that during that time period there was any concept of animal rights and protection, especially in regards to a group of people removed from civilisation who depend on hunting to survive.

Anyway, I personally didn't have a problem with the rabbit hunting expedition. It's what people at that time and in that place did day to day.

... Last updated on January 4th, 2009, 5:40am
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by artdjmaster
December 20th, 2008, 12:53pm
I gotta say I'm disappointed in Kaoru Mori over this manga. Her art is beautiful, yes, but I was just disheartened by the fact her character killed those rabbits. I thought Mori would have more sensibility and sensitivity, but I guess not. She could have revealed her character's determination through something less cruel. Emma is better.
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Just beautiful.   
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by bjorie
December 17th, 2008, 11:57pm
I don't even know what to say. Maybe I can simply say, I wish there was more? Everything is so detailed, and in one chapter you can see the character personalities forming, and... I just suggest people read it.
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