12 Days of Yaoi – Zhenniao – Manga Review

Sometimes a blind buy can bring us surprising joy. When it came to this particular manga that I stumbled across over on Bookwalker I was instantly enthralled by the gorgeous cover art of this series. After all when it comes to yaoi stories involving monster men I must confess I have an affinity and love of bird like monsters or anything with wings and when I saw the beautiful feathers of the beast on the cover of this title well I knew I had to give this one a read.

In nature bright colors are a warning to predators of dangerous poison and within the mystical human like birds known as Zhen their diet consists of many different poisons and depending on how toxic the poison the creature ingest with determine how beautiful its plumage will become.

In the land in which this story takes place the ownership and taming of a Zhen is considered one of the greatest of status symbols for a noble. The most beautiful Zhen owned by a noble is Cai Hong and his previous owner was considered one of the greatest tamers of these wild beasts until he is one day found dead, killed by his prize Zhen’s poison. Now Cai Hong belongs to the brother of this man General Fei who is a well known hater of these barbaric creatures and honestly wants nothing to do with the beast that killed his brother. Being a yaoi story you can guess where this tale will go, what starts as a tale of hatred soon turns into something more as the truth about both the creature’s and General Fei’s past turns into understanding between the two and maybe even something more.

But how can someone love when that love is poisonous in more ways than one?

The story of this manga kept me hooked from beginning to end and the gorgeous artwork is some of the most stunning I have seen in any yaoi manga and the world building throughout the story is also extremely fascinating and made me wish I could visit the land where the mystical Zhen live. If you are a yaoi fan who loves an engaging story told through stunning artwork and have a taste for feathered monsters like myself then you owe it to yourself to check out this amazing title over on bookwalker right here.

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  1. […] this year and found some amazing titles to read. Standouts for me include the fantasy yaoi titles Zhenniao and Monster and the Beast. The beautiful and heartbreaking story of gender identity that is Love me […]

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