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A modern-day girl gets whisked away to a strange land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she meets a water dragon god! Unable to return home, Asahi grows into a lovely young woman. As a priestess, she must spend t A modern-day girl gets whisked away to a strange land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she meets a water dragon god! Unable to return home, Asahi grows into a lovely young woman. As a priestess, she must spend time with the water dragon god for a ritual every year, but because of her connection to the water dragon god’s power, someone kidnaps her! Will Asahi be able to escape unscathed?


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A modern-day girl gets whisked away to a strange land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she meets a water dragon god! Unable to return home, Asahi grows into a lovely young woman. As a priestess, she must spend t A modern-day girl gets whisked away to a strange land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she meets a water dragon god! Unable to return home, Asahi grows into a lovely young woman. As a priestess, she must spend time with the water dragon god for a ritual every year, but because of her connection to the water dragon god’s power, someone kidnaps her! Will Asahi be able to escape unscathed?

30 review for The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Asahi was a little girl happily living with her parents in modern times until she's pulled through a pond and wakes up in feudal Japan. It's now been some years and Asahi has grown into a lovely young woman under the protection of the local water dragon god, the young man she befriended whose village she lives in, Subaru and Tsukihiko, the priest teaching her the duties of a priestess. Umm I know I said the ART is at the Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Asahi was a little girl happily living with her parents in modern times until she's pulled through a pond and wakes up in feudal Japan. It's now been some years and Asahi has grown into a lovely young woman under the protection of the local water dragon god, the young man she befriended whose village she lives in, Subaru and Tsukihiko, the priest teaching her the duties of a priestess. Umm I know I said the ART is at the top of its game... and IT IS... BUT how can it get better and better?! I LOVE the new ways she's introducing framing in this volume... The close ups and the delicate art that showcases every emotion! GAH!! My heart SANG reading this volume... from the art alone... GORGEOUS! Balance between our three characters continues to be a plus... I loved how the water dragon god and Subaru played a role in Asahi's rescue! And she is not some victim... she makes choices and takes a part in her own life as well!! I'm amazed at how secondary characters are used... its not A LOT but it continues in a balanced way that I am finding fun and enriching. The conflict is developed with a rather typical trope (a kidnapping) but you know what I really enjoyed how Subaru, Asahi and the water dragon turned the whole situation on its head. The secret to this manga really is in our three leads and the wonderful way they interact with each other and with feudal Japan. A MAJOR plot moment that readers have been waiting for FINALLY happens and it was joyous! I LOVED everything that comes spilling out... she hasn't had a way to express herself for so long... We meet a new character Lord Kogahiko and I think this is NOT the last we've seen of him... He is all basic emotions but in a way that compliments our lead characters... I'm REALLY looking forward to the next volume... I would love more water dragon god doing some crazy things and Asahi testing him! I want to see this rather crazy love triangle develop more and bring in some tension to the story... And more Lord Kogahiko and our other secondary characters!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Art ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Leads ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Others ⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension ⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Development BOTTOM LINE: NOOOO GAH! CAN'T STOP, PLEASE NEXT ONE... This is a multi-volume series and there may be references to the plot of those volumes... SO READ WITH CARE! Here is my review of 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Victoria ♡

    This is definitely a series i wanna add to my physical collection

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    This was better than the two volumes before it. There was more action. Asahi gets her voice back. I like the art. However, it's still not really grabbing me, which is disappointing. As I have the next book checked out from the library, I'll give it a try. 4 stars. This was better than the two volumes before it. There was more action. Asahi gets her voice back. I like the art. However, it's still not really grabbing me, which is disappointing. As I have the next book checked out from the library, I'll give it a try. 4 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    After two volumes of the heroine as a child, this is a transition volume as the story jumps several years and establishes a new status quo for Asahi. She is now a begrudgingly respected priestess of the water god, feared and hated by many in her own village and coveted by other villages. She has placed her human protector, Subaru, firmly in the friend zone while she overanalyzes her every interaction with the remote-yet-perhaps-reachable water dragon god. Power struggles with forces inside and o After two volumes of the heroine as a child, this is a transition volume as the story jumps several years and establishes a new status quo for Asahi. She is now a begrudgingly respected priestess of the water god, feared and hated by many in her own village and coveted by other villages. She has placed her human protector, Subaru, firmly in the friend zone while she overanalyzes her every interaction with the remote-yet-perhaps-reachable water dragon god. Power struggles with forces inside and outside the village and incremental cracks in the water dragon god's facade seem to be the future of this series. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    beth {hiatus} F.

    That was really impressive. The art, of course, is still stunning. The passage of time is depicted very well in nearly everyone. I was rooting for Asahi in this so much! She did some unexpected things but she was super brave about them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I’m freaking out because my library only carries up to volume 4 so now I’m going to have to buy them because I’m in love 😍

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    Now that Asahi is old enough (and 4 years have passed since she has been made a priestess), the village is getting ready to move ahead with the symbolic 'bride' part of her position. What they do not know is that every year, she is taken to his domain for 3 days where he just sits and watches her. Asahi is starting to grow into the idea of hoping that the Water God starts liking her enough to fulfill her wish of getting back to her life. Meanwhile, a neighboring village is out for her and kidnap Now that Asahi is old enough (and 4 years have passed since she has been made a priestess), the village is getting ready to move ahead with the symbolic 'bride' part of her position. What they do not know is that every year, she is taken to his domain for 3 days where he just sits and watches her. Asahi is starting to grow into the idea of hoping that the Water God starts liking her enough to fulfill her wish of getting back to her life. Meanwhile, a neighboring village is out for her and kidnaps her to get the power of the god for their village. Naturally, she is rolling her eyes at these people and trying to fight back - she knows the only one who can save her is herself in this situation; that water god is absolutely useless about saving her from situations that are his fault. He eventually gives her back her voice, and she uses it to scream all her rage when war breaks out between the two villages. The wrath of the god also deters the other village, and Asahi now knows that she can hope for him being invested in her enough to ask a boon. As for the romance, Subaru is still a strong contender, and he is obviously very devoted to her, but the Water God (ugh) also wants her now. Like, for him, she is already his bride and his possession, and well, I am mad that this is even turning into a romance. She protests this fact and lets him know, and the plot I feel is showing what is wrong with this 'romance' (she literally calls him uncle) but the cover is another matter - what is this dissonance when it comes to the underlying theme of the story? This is an unequal relationship (even if I disregard the fact that he made her his 'bride' when she was like 12-13) and she is pretty much at the mercy of his whims! I am not liking the direction this story is taking.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Catelli

    Spoilers ahead for the earlier ones. . . . Asahi is settled into her role as a priestess. It helps that she spends three days underwater every year with the god. Her lack of voice means she can't mention it's a staring contest. But the village has prospered, and other villages envy it. Violence and intrigue follow. Spoilers ahead for the earlier ones. . . . Asahi is settled into her role as a priestess. It helps that she spends three days underwater every year with the god. Her lack of voice means she can't mention it's a staring contest. But the village has prospered, and other villages envy it. Violence and intrigue follow.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    Oh no, they've started growing up! That means things will start progressing faster. It's nice to see that the kids are still close friends, and that the water god is still a jerk - though at least he's learning. I need volume four now! Oh no, they've started growing up! That means things will start progressing faster. It's nice to see that the kids are still close friends, and that the water god is still a jerk - though at least he's learning. I need volume four now!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Unabridged Bibliophile

    3.5? Maybe will turn it into a 4. They just keep getting better, but mangas are hard for me to rate because they are so short.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tegan

    I'm really liking where this is going. Makes much more sense now that she's an adult. I also like that we got a bit more background on the doctor/priestess. I'm also happy to get the Water Dragon god's perspective at the end of each book. I'm really liking where this is going. Makes much more sense now that she's an adult. I also like that we got a bit more background on the doctor/priestess. I'm also happy to get the Water Dragon god's perspective at the end of each book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Okay, I've been binge-reading a few shojo series recently and this one stood out to me after I perused around. This is a fun but also has a quite dark undertone. I missed reading manga so much and shojo manga is definitely an easier way(for me) to ease back in the manga universe! 3.5 stars so far. Okay, I've been binge-reading a few shojo series recently and this one stood out to me after I perused around. This is a fun but also has a quite dark undertone. I missed reading manga so much and shojo manga is definitely an easier way(for me) to ease back in the manga universe! 3.5 stars so far.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adele

    3.5 my fam

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The art is sooo pretty.

  15. 5 out of 5

    DonutKnow

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Getting better! The Water Dragon God is finally starting to feel 'something'! I want to see more development here! XD Getting better! The Water Dragon God is finally starting to feel 'something'! I want to see more development here! XD

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dorcas

    So dramatic, with touches of comedy, fantasy, a romance that gradually builds. If they ever made one, I would watch the heck out of this anime or live-action drama.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Odd pacing in this volume, as well as some typical cliches (kidnapping, power, lust) make my rating three stars. The final straw was Asahi’s dialogue when she finally got her voice back. We’ve watched her grow, and read her thoughts as very contemplative and mature, so why do her words not match the dialogue she’s had with her thoughts? It was very off putting to see her dialogue devolve once she could speak again. What I liked was the accord that Asahi and the Water Dragon God have reached. It w Odd pacing in this volume, as well as some typical cliches (kidnapping, power, lust) make my rating three stars. The final straw was Asahi’s dialogue when she finally got her voice back. We’ve watched her grow, and read her thoughts as very contemplative and mature, so why do her words not match the dialogue she’s had with her thoughts? It was very off putting to see her dialogue devolve once she could speak again. What I liked was the accord that Asahi and the Water Dragon God have reached. It was interesting to see the three days a year, and I’m rather enjoying the slow progression of something of a relationship forming between them, though at this point Subaru is obviously a better choice personality-wise. I like the set up of a love triangle here, and I’m curious to watch it unfold.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Today's post is on The Water Dragon's Bride volume 3 by Rei Toma. It is the first in her Suijin no Hanayome series. It is 184 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. The cover has The Water Dragon God and Asahi on it looking at each other. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo and historical fantasy. There is no foul language, no sex, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god with characters thoughts added in for character and plot development. There Be Spoil Today's post is on The Water Dragon's Bride volume 3 by Rei Toma. It is the first in her Suijin no Hanayome series. It is 184 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. The cover has The Water Dragon God and Asahi on it looking at each other. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo and historical fantasy. There is no foul language, no sex, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god with characters thoughts added in for character and plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead. From the back of the book- Unable to return home, Asahi grows into a lovely young woman. As a priestess, she must spend time with the water dragon god for a ritual every year, but because of her connection to the water dragon god’s power, someone kidnaps her! Will Asahi be able to escape unscathed? Review- We get a time skip in this volume of some ten years, it is not very clear but all the children from the first two volumes are grown into young adults. But Asahi's reputation has grown and now people are fighting over her. Of course that makes her mad but without her voice she cannot commutate too much. The Water Dragon decides to give it back to her. So Asahi can talk again and the Water Dragon has decided to live near Asahi. Subaru still has anger towards the Water Dragon so we will see how that is going to play out. I do not know who is to be Asahi's romantic lead the Water Dragon or Subaru. But I liked the volume and I look forward to reading the next one. I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Doc

    Asashi and Subaru have both grown and Subaru's Mother has much of her influence as Asashi has become a priestess of the WDG (Water Dragon God) after exhibiting the powers granted by the WDG when she was little. In fact with her help the village grew to be prosperous which leads to jealousy of other villages and the abduction of Asashi. Now Subaru will do what he must to save Asashi and we get to see him (and her) in action as they attempt to escape. War is on the horizon and Asashi is the spoil Asashi and Subaru have both grown and Subaru's Mother has much of her influence as Asashi has become a priestess of the WDG (Water Dragon God) after exhibiting the powers granted by the WDG when she was little. In fact with her help the village grew to be prosperous which leads to jealousy of other villages and the abduction of Asashi. Now Subaru will do what he must to save Asashi and we get to see him (and her) in action as they attempt to escape. War is on the horizon and Asashi is the spoil of the conflict. In the mean time the WDG has been notiicng Asashi has lost her childish appearance and considers marrying her for real but she will have non of that because they don't really know anything about each other nor do they share feelings for each other. Thus begins a chapter where Asahi goes from 3 days a year with WDG to him moving in with her in his human guise so he can learn more about her and likewise she can learn about him. My fave moment is a bit spoilerish but Asashi gets her voice back from the WDG after having lost it for so many years. Her words pour out over multiple pages consuming most of the panels as she chews people out for being stupid. :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Moriah Venable

    Asahi is older and is so pretty! Years have passed with her training to become a preistess. The villagers follow her but they dont love her. Some are still afraid of her including Subaru sister and hate her, including his mother. But he does to see her everday despite what they say. With the ritual approaching, a few men from a nearby village kidnap her hoping to help the viller prosper with the favor of the water god. Subaru goes to look for her and after finding her, is hurt. Asahi takes matters Asahi is older and is so pretty! Years have passed with her training to become a preistess. The villagers follow her but they dont love her. Some are still afraid of her including Subaru sister and hate her, including his mother. But he does to see her everday despite what they say. With the ritual approaching, a few men from a nearby village kidnap her hoping to help the viller prosper with the favor of the water god. Subaru goes to look for her and after finding her, is hurt. Asahi takes matters into her own hands into her to get the water dragon god to help. Once back at the village, war breaks out and the water dragon dog watches from up in the sky. When he gave her back her voice and she is yelling at all the men and the water god is so funny! I can't wait to read the next volume.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pippa Reads Manga

    I think this series really improves after the time-skip. I continue to enjoy Asahi as a character. I personally don't think she is quite like the typical female protagonist you get in shoujo manga. She is very strong, especially in the wake of truly terrible circumstances. While other characters, mostly male do often come to her aid, she never really expects them to, and seems more than willing to figure out problems all by herself. The aloof Water Dragon God continues to be aloof but is that wa I think this series really improves after the time-skip. I continue to enjoy Asahi as a character. I personally don't think she is quite like the typical female protagonist you get in shoujo manga. She is very strong, especially in the wake of truly terrible circumstances. While other characters, mostly male do often come to her aid, she never really expects them to, and seems more than willing to figure out problems all by herself. The aloof Water Dragon God continues to be aloof but is that wall he's built around himself starting to break down, quite possibly. I still really hate the idea of this character being an acceptable love-interest, but I'll have to see where the narrative takes their relationship.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    She is no longer a child. Asahi was a very smart child! Knowing that she was no longer in her world she takes up learning about the world she's in and their culture and rules. But she's not alone Subaru, her retainer, and The water God is there to watch over her and help her. Now that she actually have the water Dragon God attention and protection, as well as the will to cry and make it rain, she is truly the water Dragon God Bride. Nothing should be able to threaten her right. Wrong! the King of She is no longer a child. Asahi was a very smart child! Knowing that she was no longer in her world she takes up learning about the world she's in and their culture and rules. But she's not alone Subaru, her retainer, and The water God is there to watch over her and help her. Now that she actually have the water Dragon God attention and protection, as well as the will to cry and make it rain, she is truly the water Dragon God Bride. Nothing should be able to threaten her right. Wrong! the King of the lands wants to have her as well, but that just might not go well with the Water Dragon god. She is his bride.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charty

    Continue to LOVE the artwork - so delicate and rounded which really allows a lot of the facial features and posture to convey emotions and thoughts of the characters, particularly Asahi as she is still mute from having the Water God steal her voice. I also enjoy how uncluttered the panels are, in comparison to a lot of manga. The story picks up with where we left off last volume as Asahi has grown, and yet grown no more resigned to her fate in the wrong era of history. Very much enjoying this st Continue to LOVE the artwork - so delicate and rounded which really allows a lot of the facial features and posture to convey emotions and thoughts of the characters, particularly Asahi as she is still mute from having the Water God steal her voice. I also enjoy how uncluttered the panels are, in comparison to a lot of manga. The story picks up with where we left off last volume as Asahi has grown, and yet grown no more resigned to her fate in the wrong era of history. Very much enjoying this story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    4 stars Thoughts and Plot Asahi has finally grown up...and so has Subaru (I also think of the car company first). The village has prospered thanks to people's belief that Asahi is blessed as the Water Dragon God's bride. But with that belief comes danger for Asahi as other villages look to see how they can claim that power for hteir own. This volume shows a little more of the Water Dragon's personality and how he has come to respect Asahi on some level. It also solidifies the love triangle... 4 stars Thoughts and Plot Asahi has finally grown up...and so has Subaru (I also think of the car company first). The village has prospered thanks to people's belief that Asahi is blessed as the Water Dragon God's bride. But with that belief comes danger for Asahi as other villages look to see how they can claim that power for hteir own. This volume shows a little more of the Water Dragon's personality and how he has come to respect Asahi on some level. It also solidifies the love triangle...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I can't say that I was super impressed with the other series I've read by Rei Toma, Dawn of the Arcana, but I'm happy to say that I've quite enjoyed the first four volumes of this series, The Water Dragon's Bride. I like that the water dragon god is so completely detached from humanity and even with his interactions with our little heroine, he's still detached. He is making progress to find compassion for humans, but it's nice that it doesn't happen immediately. I'm definitely intrigued to see w I can't say that I was super impressed with the other series I've read by Rei Toma, Dawn of the Arcana, but I'm happy to say that I've quite enjoyed the first four volumes of this series, The Water Dragon's Bride. I like that the water dragon god is so completely detached from humanity and even with his interactions with our little heroine, he's still detached. He is making progress to find compassion for humans, but it's nice that it doesn't happen immediately. I'm definitely intrigued to see where this story takes us.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Schnoebelen

    3.75⭐️ Ok, the series has finally hooked me. The first two were a bit rough for me but this grabbed my attention and kept it. I loved how powerful Asahi was even without a voice and I appreciated the serious topics it started to address like war and how man will always fight over power. The dynamics between Asahi and the water dragon are starting to fascinate me while at the same time, the role that Subaru places makings things interest to the point that I do now really want to know what happens 3.75⭐️ Ok, the series has finally hooked me. The first two were a bit rough for me but this grabbed my attention and kept it. I loved how powerful Asahi was even without a voice and I appreciated the serious topics it started to address like war and how man will always fight over power. The dynamics between Asahi and the water dragon are starting to fascinate me while at the same time, the role that Subaru places makings things interest to the point that I do now really want to know what happens next. I’m ready to pick up the next volume soon!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Ross

    Book 3 continues the trend of this series being a lot of fun. I'm enjoying the emotional growth the water dragon god is experiencing. I think this series handles is really well, not too sudden--it's small things, a spark here and a realization there, but he doesn't change overnight. It's a mutual curiosity that creates the relationship between water dragon and bride. It's cute, but it's also clever. Book 3 continues the trend of this series being a lot of fun. I'm enjoying the emotional growth the water dragon god is experiencing. I think this series handles is really well, not too sudden--it's small things, a spark here and a realization there, but he doesn't change overnight. It's a mutual curiosity that creates the relationship between water dragon and bride. It's cute, but it's also clever.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I'm really enjoying this manga. It's neat to see it start with someone so young, but equally nice to have moved on so our main character Asahi is older now. It's also nice to see that none of the characters seem to be complete push overs. I'm curious where things will go between Asahi, the Water god and Subaru. I'm really enjoying this manga. It's neat to see it start with someone so young, but equally nice to have moved on so our main character Asahi is older now. It's also nice to see that none of the characters seem to be complete push overs. I'm curious where things will go between Asahi, the Water god and Subaru.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nightwings81

    The art of this series is beautiful, especially as so much is conveyed through facial expressions and emotions. I have really enjoyed following the story, and am intrigued by the new direction it is taking as the water god continues his curiosity with Asahi and his desire to know her better as a person, and, if I am to hazard a guess, get to know himself better as well. Eager for the next volume!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caryn

    I devoured this book in just one sitting. The story is just so addicting, and I like how well the author aged up the characters. I would have liked more interactions with the other gods, but it was nice to see some character growth in the water god. The addition of new villains will hopefully make for an interesting story in the next volume.

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