When I first saw the manga on bookstores' shelves, I hesitated because it is a long series and I didn't want to miss a few of the earlier volumes since they might not be on sale anymore.
But then, one day I got bored and read the manga online, soon I became hooked.
The premise is simple but interesting, a spoiled princess's father is killed by her cousin, who also happens to be her crush. She runs away from the palace with her bodyguard, attempting to borrow the powers of the four dragons from a legend.
The artwork is detailed and beautiful, and they resemble a little of Magic Knight Rayearth (the princess Yona looks a lot like Hikaru the fire knight, with her red hair). The story itself reminds me of Fushigi Yuugi, which I loved dearly and followed obsessively a few years back. The swoony background, the funny scenes, the legend, it all sound rather similar, but Akatsuki no Yona holds its own charms. I find it engaging, perfectly if not quickly paced, wonderfully drawn and the story nicely told, with a few side morals for readers. One more thing: it's also hilarious, and I appreciate that from a manga that's supposedly an epic adventure journey.
That being said, I wish I can read more as soon as I possibly can. We're up to volume 9, and 10 is coming soon.
Photo taken from akatsukinoyona.wikia.com (it has complete information too!)