I feel almost guilty, listing this as 8 books, when it's really one 3200-page epic story.
I don't have much to say by way of review except that it's amazing. I had a little trouble following which character was which, across different royal families and time periods, and that got even worse once everyone shaved their heads, but I managed well enough. And similar to my complaints with Barefoot Gen, I found the cartoony moments and instances of breaking down the fourth wall to detract from the gravity of the story, but that's got to be a cultural thing. But even these flaws are minor. This is an epic journey, well-told and illustrated.