Royal Palace Goong Vol. #03 (Mania.com)

By:Patricia Beard
Review Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009
Release Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This unlikely romance is now complicated and overtaken by court intrigue.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Park SoHee
Translation: HyeYoung Im
Adaptation: Jamie S. Rich

What They Say
Following her wedding of the century to the crown prince, Ch'-Kyung begins her life as a full-blown princess. But life behind the walls of the palace proves lonely and difficult because Prince Shin keeps his distance. Will a visit home cheer Ch'-Kyung up? And what happens when she goes back to school? Will her friends treat her any differently?

The Review!
In the last volume, ChaeKyung finally admitted to herself that she has fallen for Shin.  Unfortunately, some poor impulse control and some ill-timed admissions have Shin either making fun of her or ignoring her completely. She wants to know what he thinks of her and, while Shin seems to know everything, he gives away nothing.

A party for the former Crown Prince Yul forces a confrontation between Shin and his former girlfriend, Hyo-Rin, all at Yul's instigation. Shin's conversation and confession to Hyo-Rin makes his subsequent behavior toward ChaeKyung unfathomable even on the terms that one would normally judge the inscrutable Shin. And what about Yul? SoHee Park obviously intends him to be the romantic rival. ChaeKyung and Yul are friends at school. He surreptitiously sends her snacks that she misses and cannot easily get, and she has told him that she could have fallen for him has she not been required to marry Shin. But he doesn't get enough page time for his role as rival to be convincing. Yul's motivations are important considering his cunning mother's plans to reinstate him as Crown Prince. Is he an active participant or a pawn? 

In closing out this volume, Shin lets ChaeKyung in on his plans for the future.  However, with what has been revealed of the plans of the former Crown Princess, will he be able to realize them?

I thought ChaeKyung's admission so early on might put the breaks on this story, but it's obvious that it will be her feelings for Shin that will motivate her when the action moves to a more public and political arena. We also get a glimpse about the kind of person Shin is and can look forward to his reaction to what looks to be an impending coup.  SoHee Park's unusual comedic rendering is still here, but that doesn't hinder what is shaping up to be more than just the standard romance.



Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B-
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Yen Press
MSRP: 10.99
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-0759528727
Size: At
Orientation: Left to Right
Series: Royal Palace Goong