Ocean of Secrets, Volume 1 unexceptional but shows promise
Ocean of Secrets, V.1 Manga by Sophie-chan Diamond Book Distributors Tokyopop Comics & Graphic Novels , Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date 16 May 2017
Ocean of Secrets, Sophie-chan’s manga debut, is delightful. As it is only the first volume, it introduces the premise but doesn’t go deep into the story. There are three floating kingdoms where magic is an Integral part of life. A decade ago, a queen was murdered and her daughter lost. Since that time, Moria and Al have lived on a flying ship, evading capture and seeking the truth. Chance brings the rescue of Lia, a human orphan caught in the ocean during the storm. Life becomes far more complicated for Lia in a world where magic is essential to survive.
The artistry is good, but not exceptional. The story progresses a bit too quickly, but I believe that is because Sophie-chan is using this as a prelude. From here there are really two possibilities - the story develops more depth and complexity (I hope) or it moves quickly and simply forward. I liked the premise. It has a great deal of potential. I rate this a 3.5 but I will round up to 4. Reading the next volume will give me a better idea of what to expect for the remainder of the series.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Ocean Of Secrets volume 1 from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Lia is a 17 year old orphan living by the Atlantic is swept away by the ocean currents during a ruthless storm. She is then saved by Moria and Albert, a duo of illegal runaways on their magical ship! Her normal, mundane life suddenly becomes a supernatural adventure as she learns about the powers of their kind and their relations to the human world. But Lia soon discovers that there is a dark secret hidden in a mysterious kingdom. Join Lia as she unlocks the truth behind an Ocean of Secrets