Ocean of Secrets #2 – Sophie Chan

Ocean of Secrets Volume 2 MangaOcean of Secrets Volume 2 

Author: Sophie Chan

3.25 stars

A big THANK YOU to NetGalley for being kind enough to provide me with a free copy of this manga in exchange for an honest review.

This manga was definitely a bit more enjoyable than the first manga in this series. I really liked the suspense and the tension that the narrative provided (e.g. the oncoming war between the three Kingdoms and the pirates). But yet again, I felt like the plot was just either incredibly choppy (suddenly cutting from one scene to the next with barely any dialogue) or that it progressed way too fast. I really like Lia as a main character, but I feel as though she doesn’t get that much “screen time” as some of the other characters, which is a bit of a shame.

Rai is definitely an interesting new addition as a character and I really wished that they would have expanded upon him discovering the three magical islands a bit more. Like I said, the plot in this series progresses incredibly fast. This is a real shame, because the way that the world is laid out definitely brings enormous potential in exploring more elements of the story, as well as expanding upon some of the characters and their personalities or backstories.

The dialogue also felt quite standard. The showdown between the good vs. bad guys was quite cliche and most of the other conversations between the characters also read quite dry.

The art is gorgeous though – the artist is incredibly talented, especially for a self-taught manga artist. Hats off!

Overall, this was a solid read. I definitely enjoyed myself reading it, but it also didn’t bring that much originality to the table (especially comparing this manga to many other mangas out in the market). I hope that the author expands upon more personal struggles the characters experience in the upcoming mangas and delves more into the relationships between the characters. I will definitely pick up the third manga when it comes out.

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