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A Bride's Story, Vol. 3 (A Bride's Story #3)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  1,904 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori's tale of life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road continues, this time introducing a new would-be bride--Talas. A young widow, Talas opens her home to the researcher Mr. Smith, who has ventured to her town to continue his studies. However, when Talas's uncle begins to see Smith as an impediment to his plans to wed his son to Talas, the old man ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published March 2012 by Orbit/Yen Press (first published June 15th 2011)
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May 18, 2012 Mayday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, people should have uploaded its cover as well. The Indonesian edition's cover for volume 3 is a bit off. Should have been portrait, not landscape. It looks a bit bare...

But, this volume is amazing, if the previous volumes are sweet and very romantic, this one is hilarious, funny, romantic and saddening. Sad, well, that is life in Central Asia.

Meet Talas, the new character. She was quiet, sweet and beautiful woman. When she took her veil off, her hair was amazingly pretty. It was portrayed
David Schaafsma
Oct 28, 2014 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Historical manga, romance, volume 3, with a new bride introduced, and they are all young, married at 12-13, but the one introduced in this volume is a young widow, Talas, who opens her home to the British researcher Mr. Smith, who gets in the middle of negotiations for a groom for Talas… on the Silk Road.. Mori, who seems to be only speaking to children in her afterwords to these series, and seems kinda silly there, gives some attention to historical accuracy for the period, so she is taking it ...more
Jul 18, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
This volume takes off in a different direction than the first two. As the cover suggests, Amir is not the focus of this story. Instead, we've followed Mr. Smith to another village, where he meets a young widow named Talas. Unfortunately, we don't get to know Talas quite as well as we had Amir, and I get the sense that her story is well and truly over. That said, I think most of the people reading this series are here for the art above all, which is as beautiful and intricately detailed as ever.
Jun 25, 2012 Tasha rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, manga
Aw, poor anthropologist dude. Don't worry, guy, she was bad news anyway. She'll kill off that fifth husband in no time.
20 April 2013

So far in this series, the plot has taken a backseat to the beautiful artwork. Not so in A Bride's Story, Vol. 3. Of course the illustrations are as spectacular as ever, but the story has intensified and now keeps pace with the art. I didn't know how I would feel following Mr. Smith's storyline, leaving Amir and Karluk behind, but this ended up being the most gripping storyline of the series yet.

The third volume follows Mr. Smith as he journeys to Ankara to continue his research. Wh
Jenni Joru
Sep 26, 2016 Jenni Joru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aron kansoja tutkiva tiedemies Smith tekee lähtöä Amiran uuden perheen parista. Hän pysähtyy lähikaupunkiin odottelemaan opasta. Oppaan viipyessä hän tutustuu Talasiin, joka asuu kaksin vanhan äitinsä kanssa arolla jurtassa.

Talas on viisinkertainen leski. Hänen kaikkia miehiään on kohdannut sairaus tai epäonni. Nyt eräs mies on vaatimassa Talasia poikansa kakkosvaimoksi. Tämä tietäisi pelkkää palvelijan asemaa ja vähäisen omaisuuden menetystä. Talasin äiti haluaisi kovasti naittaa Talasin Smith
Erin Germain
This volume shifted its focus, following Mr. Smith on his journey. He is planning to meet up with a guide who will take him to Ankara. While in town, he runs into a bit of trouble (in typical Mr. Smith fashion) and is unable to find the man who was hired to be his guide. He does meet a young woman named Talas, who invites him back to the home she shares with her mother-in-law. While staying there, Mother hatches a plan to marry the young couple (it's actually done in kindness; there's an uncle w ...more
Megan M
Oct 13, 2012 Megan M rated it it was amazing
While it's hard to pick favorites in a series I love so much, this has to be my favorite volume yet. This volume follows Mr. Smith, the English linguist studying the region, as he attempts to find his way to Ankara to continue his research. Along the way, he meets the beautiful but tragic Talas, whose five husbands have all died, leaving her alone with her mother-in-law. Rather than just show us glimpses into the day-to-day life of the tribes of Central Asia, this volume is a true love story wit ...more
Jun 09, 2012 May rated it really liked it
There is something simply rich and luscious about Mori's storytelling, particularly in this series. The author provides a view into a world that on the surface looks so pastoral and uncivilized but really, it is rich in culture and diversity. The female characters in this story may seem all passive and obedient creatures but are these fascinating mixture of strong, weak, independent, honorable, hardworking, and quiet. What sets Mori's work aside and makes it so memorable to me is how her illustr ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Majo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mangas-y-comics
¡Al fin este manga le esta haciendo honor a su nombre!

Esta historia se me hizo muy triste y melancólica. (view spoiler) Espero que más adelante se retome esta trama y se resuelva de un modo más satisfactorio.
May 21, 2012 Miss rated it really liked it
Do you like slice of life stories? In depth look at cultures far too neglected in fiction? Amazingly detailed and historically accurate art work? Adorable characters?

Check out Bride's Story Volume 3 today! 4 stars

P.S. Amir and Karluk reappear in this, for those who were worried we'd lose them after volume 2. :D
Nov 01, 2011 Sho rated it it was amazing
Beautiful clothings and arts add unique and special atmosphere to this semi cultral study manga about middle Asia in 19th Century. It's really interesting and entertaining. Looking forward to reading more!
Talas! Mr. Smith! What will happen to you!?! The story for this volume was particularly gripping. Artwork: gorgeous and extremely detailed as always. I feel like I'm learning a lot about the culture when I read this series.
Feb 01, 2016 Belinda rated it really liked it
Another terrific read, no doubt chronicling how it really was for women in Asia around 100 years ago (and maybe even now), but the ending….

Such an excellent series.
Jan 13, 2016 Lorien rated it it was amazing
Talk about a tragedy! Mr. Smith falls in love, and then loses her in one day! How horrible! :(
Sep 23, 2016 Brea rated it really liked it
The illustrations in there are just amazing.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Apr 21, 2012 Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) rated it really liked it
Loved that this was a story about Mr. Smith! It also simplified the storyline and was more enjoyable for all that.
Nov 30, 2016 Brie rated it really liked it
Volume 3 tells of Mr. Smith's journey to Ankara. Mostly held up in a town where he meets a young woman named Tala, who lives alone with her mother-in-law. They host him while he waits for his guide to Ankara. A fondness develops between Smith and Tala, and her mother wishes he'd marry her.

After some mishap with the law, Karluk and Amir find them, with Pariya, and stay with him while he waits for his guide. When his guide does show up, he finds himself having to deal with Tala's mother's wishes,
Jan 31, 2017 Chang rated it really liked it
A really nice slice of life in the Central Asian steppes--mostly the towns. This volume is a continuation of the English traveler, Mr. Smith.

As always, Kaoru Mori's extremely detailed drawings are a delight. Seriously, her drawings made watching the characters rustle up a meal in the marketplace a mouthwatering ordeal.

And as always, it's a bit weird to see the stylized Japanese manga faces and eyes juxtaposed with the otherwise realistic drawings.

Really makes me want to read more about the commu
Mar 21, 2017 Mandy rated it it was amazing
I can't get over how detailed everything is. How well researched, with little tidbits offered up in dialogue that just makes it that much more realistic.

This edition deviates from Amir's story, and while I wasn't happy about that at first, it ended up being an interesting arc with a very emotional ending. The knowledge that the situation like Talas and Mr. Smith's was likely commonplace just baffles me, and I really hope that we didn't see the end of them.

Still, I am looking forward to getting
Feb 10, 2017 Lauren rated it really liked it
Beautiful as usual.
Apr 03, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
I was a little sad to say goodbye to Amir in the last volume, as I really enjoyed getting to know her character, but thankfully she made an appearance in this one as well. Mr. Smith, who has taken a very backseat role in the first two volumes, is front and center for the next few books. I’m hoping they’ll give more back story on him to fill in a lot of the gaps. As in the other books, the artwork is stunning even in black and white, and full of so much detail.

At the end of the last volume, Mr.
John Wiswell
Aug 15, 2014 John Wiswell rated it really liked it
It’s not “A Bride’s Story” anymore! Book 3 follows Mr. Smith, that inscrutable anthropoplogist who’d lived with Karluk and Amir, as he leaves their camp. He’s an adorable character when he’s true to his quirks, like as an old woman relays the tragedy of her daughter, Talas, who lost all five of her husbands. Mr. Smith hears this, goes stone-faced, and staring at her, reaches for his journal and asks her to go on.

From before that, we know Smith is supposed to fall in love with that widow. She’s
Jul 21, 2012 Marylou rated it liked it
This book is Manga and as such, was written in the traditional Manga format from right to left. It was very strange to begin a book from the back and then have to remember to read from right to left as well. I was a bit confused at first but then got the hang of it for the most part. I did find myself reading parts of it over and over however and sometimes was still confused. An English researcher Mr. Smith has just come to to Iran (at least I think he started in Iran it's not really clear) and ...more
S.Q. Eries
Apr 26, 2012 S.Q. Eries rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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Dec 27, 2016 Dbgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beautiful artwork from previous books is not now on the main focus, the story is. And what a heartbreaking, tragic story it is! Well told, this could have been perfect only if that beautiful artwork would have been there too. It's not looking bad now either though...
May 11, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing
A Bride's Story is a slice of life story and as the focus shifts a bit in this volume it's a fine starting point. That said it does build off elements and characters introduced in volumes 1 and 2 and I would recommend reading in order.

** This review contains mild spoilers, solely regarding the series' change in focus. **

After two amazing volumes about Amir and her marriage to Karluk it's somewhat surprising to see the series follow the foreign researcher Mr. Smith when he leaves the village. It
So I have decided that I absllutly LOVE Kaoru Mori as a manga artist! I LOVED her series Emma and I am LOVING this one!

I know that not ALL love stories get happy endings and this one has a sad note to all those romantics out there. And my heart broke in the million pieces it should when said person as a sad outcome with love. It was like Emma & Will allover again. Different place. Different time. Different people. Different outcome and reasons for it, but it is still the some heart brake.

Intisar Khanani
Dec 10, 2014 Intisar Khanani rated it it was amazing
I've been trying to include graphic novels in my regular reading, and a graphic novel that delves into life in Central Asia when the Silk Road was still a happening thing? Oh yes! Unfortunately, I didn't realize I was picking up the third book until it arrived from my library with a great big "3" on it. Fortunately, you do not have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one!

This is a beautiful, humorous and sad story. The bride in this story is Talas, married to one brother after another
Jesus Flores
May 19, 2015 Jesus Flores rated it really liked it
Bride story 3
So Mr Smith is in a new town, get his horse stolen, also a girl lost her horse so they try to recover them, and she invites him to dinner as thank you, she is Talas the unluckiest bride (her previous 5 husbands died) who now lives with her mother in law, the mother in law decides it might be a good idea to marry Talas to Mr. Smith, but while he is thinking about it a man arrives to propose Talas marries his son as second wife, and seeing Mr Smith decides to take him out of the pictu
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Kaoru Mori (森 薫) is a mangaka best known for her series "Emma". Many of her stories are set in Britain and center on characters who are maids.
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