From the back cover:
Born under a prophecy that will liberate and unite Japan, Sarasa has had to take her brother Tatara’s place as the “Boy of Destiny.” Fighting for the oppressed, Sarasa journeys across Japan to gain allies and defeat her enemies—all while keeping her identity a secret!
While in Kyoto, Shuri runs into his beloved sister, the Great Sister of White, as well as his old teacher and rival, Hiiragi. Sarasa continues to form alliances and gain strength. Although Sarasa and Shuri are apart, they remain close in each other’s hearts. Meanwhile, someone wants Shuri dead—but who?
I really love this series, and a lot of important stuff happens plot-wise in this volume. I think all of the main players are at least glimpsed, but I find myself forgetting who the peripheral ones are. Like, oh that dude with the reporter and the desert nomad looks familiar. But who the heck is it?! This isn’t the story’s fault, though. Just my faulty memory unable to remember stuff from the past.
Shuri is more the star here, orchestrating some important things that were cleverly executed (reminding me of The Queen of Attolia, actually) and demonstrating again his growth as he realizes what makes a true leader. The timeline is a little confusing, though. The way it’s drawn makes it appear as if Shuri and Tatara are doing things concurrently, but actually, it seems Shuri’s events are happening a few days before Tatara’s are, although Tatara’s segments seem to be shown first. It all works out in the end, though.
The pivotal events in this volume seem to set the stage for some big snowballing in the final volumes. I’m curious to see how it all comes down, and even more looking forward to a reread straight through all the volumes in the hopes that I’ll be better able to remember everything!