Yona of the Dawn is fairly typical for what it is: historical fantasy romance for middle grade girls. Author Kusanagi doesn’t go for depth here and this early in the series Yona hasn’t come into her own yet. It means we have constant scenes of the guys saving her while she tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life now that she is in exile
Story: Yona is hiding in the Wind Tribe but it is causing them trouble as Su-Won begins his final machinations to take over the kingdom. If she stays with Hak’s tribe, it will only mean hardship and death for them. When the leader of the tribe suggests she track down priests who used to be loyal to the thrown, she will get far more than she bargained for in the journey.
Most of this volume is Yona getting to know the Wind Tribe while the Fire Tribe under Su-Won’s manipulations track her down. There are the usual cute kids who may get hurt by the bad guys, Hak bodily saving Yona often, and plenty of scenes where Yona can begin to develop into the warrior queen she will likely eventually become.
Admittedly, the lack of depth here is a bit frustrating and I’m not liking Yona all that much anyway. I’m sure she will continue to grow but the series is feeling a bit formulaic with only the milieu trying to create something new (but then again, Fushigi Yuugi pretty much already did this). Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.