I enjoyed this series a lot. It is an intense drama with great characterisation. If you like soap operas you will love this.
The lead female Matia is strong and bold. Her initial stupidity bugs me, but she is a welcome change from most shoujo heroines in that she is both physically and emotionally strong and sticks to her strong ideals no matter what. The characterisation was great as was the character development. Each character was believable in that they all had motivations, they all had there own value systems and they all had both good points and bad.
The romance in the story was strong.
There was a very strong forbidden romance between the leads, a love triangle, some unrequited love, and even a little yaoi and incest in some of the side characters.
I found the story line enthralling, I couldn't stop reading until I had finished. Usually I'm not interested in adventure type stories, but this story is very well done.
The story is amazing and the characterisation is fantastic, but where the manga falls short is the art. I feel the story would have been better as a novel. The drawings themselves aren't bad looking, the characters look good. But the illustrator fails to convey the full emotion of the characters through the drawings. I feel like certain crucial moments that should be dramatic and exciting just pass on by because of the artist doesn't add enough impact to them. I could, and should have got so much more from such a good story with such good characters than what I did. Another problem was that the translator doesn't fully grasp english - most of the time the translations are easy to understand, but once in a while there will be a sentence that doesn't make sense.
Overall I can definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a good romance with a strong heroine.