I finally went in and read My Dear Cold-Blooded King after receiving numerous proddings and suggestions from Webtoon. The premise sounded a little dull, so I had put it off and ignored it for a while. Mei, an apparently unremarkable trader, finds herself unexpectedly involved in problems in the capital. however was it worth the read?
About My Dear Cold-Blooded King
Born a humble peasant, Kihara Mei has lived simply day by day as a merchant in the capitol, and never assumed things would change. But, one fateful day would change the course of her life, when faced with a deadly challenge against dangerous royal assassins. Now, with the eyes of the dreaded Blood King upon her, her life of simplicity would now become a tangled web of secrecy, deceit, and desire.
Should You Read It?
The premise is quite engaging, and the novel has a terrific beginning. The love triangle is tolerable since you are constantly wondering who she will choose. When you finally learn the answers to these questions in the most recent chapters, you find yourself unimpressed because there is still a lot of mystery around the characters’ pasts and the origins of a lot of the current strife. There is no violence, sacrifice, war, or any dramatic release of the characters’ mounting tension in the conflicts’ resolutions, which are such cop outs. Instead, you get this rather tame conclusion in which everyone makes amends and everything is wonderful.
The way it ends, you’d think they were making up about who got the last pizza slice. The struggle and plans that took several chapters to develop become completely worthless if all it needed was only one conversation to stop them. This is why this kind of peace treaty type of conclusion ruined the plot . There are no sanctions or penalties. Every story ends happily only for the sake of ending happily.The protagonist was so miserable and engaged in numerous confrontations over the course of 10 chapters, all of which she lost. That said, I also thought she was too plain.
I don’t know if it’s a ‘ship thing, but the Ryu dynamic with Mei made little sense. Why would she go with someone who sexually harassed her so often, and didn’t really respect her or her explicit wishes? Pretty coercive. Furthermore an issue for me was that some of the male characters, especially, seemed a bit immature, bratty, or otherwise entitled.
The dialogue was fairly balanced and had joke dynamics, as well as plenty of serious stuff.
Backgrounds were beautiful, with beautifully depicted seasons. The attention to detail with colors and styles of wardrobe was great. This was even/especially great for a tattooed villain (Yuuta) and walked around with a more revealing open top to show those off. The artstyle was beautiful and particular. There was lot of character development . All in all your typical vanilla love story.