The Kingdom of the Gods
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Lee Chang decides to flee the palace with only his trusted bodyguard Mu-yeong to track down the royal physician, and Beom-il and a platoon of soldiers are dispatched to find and arrest him. I also love her TV show equivalent Seo-bi (one of my favourite female protagonists in any Korean drama) who is played by the absolutely iconic Bae Doona. Young Prince Yi Moon, after losing all his bodyguards to an assassination attempt, has no choice but to turn to the mountain bandit Jae-ha for help. Despite this one failing, however, the trilogy as a whole is a wonderful read, and definitely more than worth spending one’s time – and tears – on.
Ryu Seung-ryong as Lord Cho Hak-ju (seasons 1–2), the Chief State Councilor of Joseon who is the head of the Haewon Cho clan and Lee Chang's political rival. I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. She further added that "If the first season served as the cornerstone of the show, Kingdom: Ashin of the North, will be a stepping stone for the third season of Kingdom. The second story is just torture porn as the two men cut each other up while crowing about how they will eat what's left.Although an entire mess, this second plotline is all about magic ans supernatural things and was a lot more captivating. The royal contingent reaches Lord Hak-ju's camp and raids it in the night, only to fall into a trap set by Lord Hak-ju.
Going into Kingdom of the Gods as a fan of the series it inspired, I had certain narrative expectations, but like all adaptations, the television series diverges greatly from the source material. Of course, a two-season political drama is always going to take a story further than a short graphic novel, but there is the feeling The Kingdom of the Gods could have made better use of its time. Yeong-shin and a number of Lord Hyeon's men escape from the dungeon and attempt to kill Lord Hak-ju, but fail. But, as mentioned above, if you've come into this thinking about the Netflix series, try and forget most of that, because this isn't it (very few comparisons).
Additionally, it was confirmed that Kim Shi-ah, Koo Kyo-hwan and Kim Roi-ha were cast in the special episode. One is born, one dies, and then one is reborn again, with the circumstances of one’s rebirth being determined by one’s karma (the quality of one’s actions). It’s only at night, when the sun is down, that the dead get up, walk or run (yeah these are fast zombies) and eat people.
Speaking of the end, I think that Jemisin could not have come up with a better conclusion for her trilogy.They go to the burial site and are attacked by the awakening zombies, but are rescued by Lord Ahn Hyeon, who is revealed to be the childhood tutor of the Crown Prince.
One thing is though is that if you get this volume of The Kingdom of the Gods you get a bonus story lifts the mood after you finish it.
While I like the role they play in Sieh’s development, I wish there was more of them as people apart from Sieh, gotten more development as characters in their own right.