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

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  1,246 ratings  ·  101 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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Sometimes, friends, as one does, I find myself wondering whether or not I’d want to be a widowed girl living on the Silk Road in the middle of BFN in the nineteenth century.

Well, having read Bride’s Story: Volume 3, I feel confident that the answer is a resounding Hell No.


In this volume, we meet Talas. Poor, adorable Talas. She lives alone with her mother-in-law and a shrinking flock of sheep. When she was married off at sixteen to mother-in-law’s oldest son, of course, there was a huge famil
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
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
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.
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
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
¡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.
Megan Sanchez
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
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
Intisar Khanani
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
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.
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As I thought, this volume focuses on Smith. I was surprised, however, at how little Amir appeared in this volume. The author managed to squeeze her and Karluk a bit in the last couple of chapters, but it wasn't about them. This volume is about Smith's holdup in a town after he gets delayed from going to Ankara. He meets a young widow, Talas.

I loved this volume and it's probably my favourite so far. I didn't expect to enjoy it so
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
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
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
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!
Jesus Flores
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
Bogi Takács
The author ran out of plot so much she just recenters the story on the anthropologist (?) Englishman. Such a mistake; also totally unreflected WHEE COLONIALISM. I know from Emma that Kaoru Mori has an Englishpeople fetish, but I'm not sure why she allows it to overtake this series set in *Central Asia* of all places, too. (While we have yet to see a single Russian, which would make a lot more sense re: empires while we're at it.) At least if the Englishman was interesting; alas, he isn't. I almo ...more
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.

S.Q. Eries
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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
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
Sakura Yue Michaelis
Mr. Smith, the British guy, has an adventure on his own, although it does not end good. Poor guy, trapped with a nice old lady and her daughter-in-law. Tarasu is a melancholic character (poor woman! married and widowed 5 times); I wonder what will happen to her.

I may get repetitive, but I can't help it. Her art has to be mentioned (again and again) and praised non-stop. The food! The market!
Steven Bock
I really enjoyed Amir and Karluk in the first two volumes of this series. That said in this volume they are no longer the focus enough they do appear for a bit. The focus in this volume is the Englishman Henry Smith who gets much more fleshed out this volume than in ones prior. Despite the main character focus shift there is still a titular Bride or rather widow and fiancé name Tarasu. Her story is tragic and bittersweet compare to that of Amir and Karluk. Smith and Tarasu initially haphazardly ...more
Mark Schlatter
A shift in the plot, as Mori turns from the young couple that was the focus of the first two books to Mr. Smith --- a European who has been staying with the family and now moves on. I was a little disappointed in the change, but we get more interesting glimpses into Silk Road life (and how hard it can be). Adding to Mori's regular focus on the details of domestic life, we get a chapter on cooking, including a fight on how to best prepare fried rice.
I enjoyed that a large part of Bride's Story v.3 centered on the romance between Smith and Talas. The reader is given a fascinating peak into courtship and arranged marriages. I also really enjoyed the omake 4koma that centers around Pariya, who i think is hands down the cutest character. Although this volume switches gears and centers on Smith, which i found confusing and uninteresting, it definitely fits Mori-sensei's writing style.
Yessy Loren
Kaoru Mori!!

Sudah jadi mangaka favorit sejak jaman Emma terbit...Grafiknya yang sekilas terlihat sederhana,tp alih" klo diperhatikan amat sangat detail.Salah satu hiburan mata buat penggemar komik.Tapi gak cuman itu,jalan ceritanya pun sangat asik diikuti.

Komik kali ini berkisah ttg para pengantin dari wilayah timur tengah.Baguus deh!Latar belakang budaya dan sejarahnya detail banget,tp gak diceritakan secara bertele-tele yang membuat org malah jadi penasaran,bukan mati kebosenen,spt komik berte
Just finished book 3 of this amazing manga. If you enjoy slice-of-life cultural/historical fiction and haven't read this yet, I can't recommend it enough! The artwork is downright luscious, and the author's obvious enthusiasm for her source material is contagious. Kudos to Yen Press for such a exemplar English translation and release.

Volume 3 centers around one of my favorite characters, the British anthropologist Henry Smith. Regional tensions with Russia are rising, and as a solitary European
Je me demandais ce que ce troisième tome allait donner en suivant le point de vue de Smith et finalement je trouve que ça donne un nouveau souffle à l'histoire. C'est tout de même un tome assez triste. Pauvre Talas! J'espère que la suite sera plus joyeuse.
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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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