Court intrigue threatens the young royals.
Writer/Artist: Park SoHee
Translation: HyeYoung Im
Adaptation: Jamie S. Rich
What They Say
It's getting harder and harder for Prince Shin to maintain his cool with Chae-Kyung around. While the couple enjoys (?) a field trip with their classmates, a mysterious fire breaks out at the palace.
Volume six played out the romantic entanglements for Shin, Chae-Kyung and Yul that had been anticipated from the first few volumes. Not only has Shin made evident his attraction to Chae-Kyung, Yul has also made his feelings known to her, and although he has been rebuffed by Chae-Kyung in the nicest possible way, he is not deterred in his pursuit of her and continues to consider her wants and needs in ways Shin will not and cannot. For her part, Chae Kyung is in full support of Shin, but cannot completely rid of herself of the feelings of distrust with respect to his intentions His seeming coolness to many of the things that matter to her only adds to her sadness and sense of misgiving.
With the romantic lines drawn, volume seven takes up those matters that will challenge and transform these relationships. The political machinations that had taken a backseat to the romance now come to the forefront. Daebi Mama, Yul's mother who had maneuvered her way into position to promote Yul as rightful crown prince, has been burned out of her quarters and suspicion falls on Shin through an incriminating recording. In the confrontation on this matter between Shin and the King, Shin tells his father that he has changed his mind about his position as crown prince, much to his father's surprise.
The king's acquiescence to the Daebi mama's wishes for herself and her son seem to arise out of a guilt of which the origins are still unknown, yet hinted at by the revelation of a previous relationship between the two. And it's something serious enough for the king to place his wife in secondary position to the Daebi Mama and even move her into the queen's quarters after the fire. But the queen, who has been so proper, correct and subservient to her husband's wishes, shows that she can present an iron fist in a velvet glove when threatened on her own turf. Relegated to the background in previous volumes, the queen now becomes a major player in the power struggle with a revelation that closes out the volume.
It's good to see the court intrigue angle begin to pick up pace. The romantic triangle, always predictable, had begun to feel a little recycled and now that everyone is where they should be, the challenge of outside forces to Shin, Chae-Kyung, and Yul should freshen things up.
Compelling drama as well as inviting romance. Recommended.