When faced with the choice between her daughter's life and the well being of France, is Lady Pompadour a mother or politician first?
Writer/Artist: Tou Ubukata / Kiriko Yumeji
Translation: Yoko Kubo
Adaptation: Yoko Kubo
What They Say
When her daughter becomes the vessel of an evil force that threatens to destroy France, Madame de Pompadour, the king's beloved, faces a choice between family and country. But the decision she makes has dreadful consequences, unleashing a powerful being so deadly that only one champion can stop it: the Chevalier d'Eon!
While I don't like this volume to the extent that I liked previous ones, I did find the king's time with his daughter very enlightening. King Louis has a couple dozen kids from multiple women, but he seems to love Sophie the most. This interaction makes for an interesting juxtaposition between the king and Lady Pompadour. The King is mostly hands off in running his kingdom, but shows great affection towards his daughter. He isn't willing to do anything to hurt her. On the other hand, Lady Pompadour is perhaps the largest force keeping France together. Her desire to keep France stable forces her to go to the extreme of tossing her daughter aside to protect the country. This isn't something I would expect from a mother.
Enter Comte De Saint-Germain. In the last volume, he offered Lady Pompadour a single wish and now she is cashing in. Her wish is to remove the 'Poems of Revolution' from Sophie's skin and save France, even if that wish will seal Sophie's soul away from the world. While her decision repulses me on one level, I also have to respect her fortitude. Lady Pompadour has decided the good of the many is more important than her daughter's life. This decision obviously isn't easy for her, but I would have expected the roles of Sophie's parents to be reversed with the King sacrificing his daughter for the good of the country.
Regardless, the deed is done and Sophie's last mental cry for help from D'Eon may not be enough to save her. The whole situation only gets worse when one of Roble's Poets steals the sword Comte De Saint-Germain imbued with Sophie's soul. Add to that the Poet's attempt to kill Lady Pompadour and D'Eon's victory in the war against Roble and the Poets seems to being slipping away. Can D'Eon save both Sophie and Lady Pompadour?
To a certain extent, this volume lacks the intriguing politics and heavy occult aspect of earlier volumes. However, it is interesting to see the King interact with his daughter, Sophie. I also found it intriguing to see Lady Pompadour make the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the kingdom. With her decision, I'm curious to see how D'Eon deals with Lady Pompadour in the next volume, especially after seeing how she sacrificed her daughter's soul. There are still numerous questions about the various characters in this series, but Comte De Saint-Germain remains the biggest enigma to me. I still have no idea what his true intentions are. After being surprised by how the King and Lady Pompadour treat Sophie, I have high hopes for Comte De Saint-Germain's role in all this to be a big surprise.