The story begins in 1420, right as what would be known as the Bohemian War began. A young girl named Šárka is raped and left for dead among the corpses of her whole town, but she manages to survive. She is picked up by the Bohemian forces, who put a gun in her hands and take her on board as a soldier. Will Šárka be able to fight and take her vengeance?
Time for another review, this time on Divici Valka (or otherwise known as "Otome Sensou") For those wishing to read it, search "Otome Sensou."
Story 10/10. - The story apparently shows the Bohemian-Hussite wars. This is a historical manga where you will see the crusades that took place in 1420.
The story follows Sarka as she joins the Bohemian army led by Jan Zizka against the Christian armies, there she struggles with the realities of war and the costs needed for victory. Even if you know nothing of these wars, it is still an interesting read.
Art 10/10. - Loved the art, it was so detailed.
8/10. - The story only really goes into Zizka and Sarka, it hasn't really gone into detail on anyone else but such is the reality of war.
Zizka - He is a smart man who has always tried to find the best army, one that follows his orders to the letter. Known as the "Killer of Knights" he has the ability to command women and children to defeat a knights charge. However, he is also cold and calculating.
Sarka - A young girl who was the sole survivor of her village, at first she wished solely for revenge but now she wishes for the power to protect. That being said, she struggles with the fact of actually taking a life.
Enjoyment 10/10. - I just love it.
Overall 9/10. - While there are many good points I cannot give it a 10 overall, personally I would like to see more character building on both sides but it is still a great read.
For anyone looking for a good war manga this is for you.
At the first sight, this may look like another story full of raping and fighting, but if we give it a chance, we will see, that it is kinda interesting ,,alternative history“ manga.
But first things first. Let’s briefly introduce the story. The story is about a young Bohemian girl called Sarka, who got her village burned down and now seeks for revenge. She joins Hussite rebels who fight Catholics (the village was destroyed by their forces) and becomes one of the most iconic character of Hussite rebellion. Btw knowing a few things about Hussite Wars is an advantage here, but not necessity, you can
still enjoy the plot, but you might miss some references.
The story is a mix of reality and fiction. The author took old Czech folk tale (,,Divci Valka“- Maidens War - Otome Sensou) and mixed its characters with real events and characters. Let’s start by pointing out what is real what is not. The story takes place in Kingdom of Bohemia, which is a real place (today’s Czech Republic) and it is based on Hussite Wars, which was a real event (if you happen to know Kingdom Come: Deliverance, this takes place about 16 years after the game’s events). All the places mentioned here are real (even though some of them might not be accurately described). The weapons are also real, especially ,,pistala“ (where do you think the word ,,pistol“ came from?), the choir about „soldiers of god“ is also real, it is said, that Hussites used it to scare their enemies (too bad they didn’t know about Justin Bieber). And the strategy of placing war wagons in circles is also real strategy used by Hussites.
A few words about the characters.
Sarka (Šárka) [Shaaarka] has the same name as a heroine from previously mentioned folk tale. So she is fictional. Even though she is just a fragile countryside girl, she is incredibly strong inside. She had to witness how crusaders burned down her village,killed her boyfriend, killed her best friends and so on... Her personality changes through the story, at the end she changes from innocent maiden who only supports fighters by singing choirs to soldier who does not hesitate to kill
Jan Zizka (Jan Žižka) is Hussite general who is skilled fighter, prodigy strategist, and despite his age very vital. He is a real person who happened to be the first Hussite leader. He finds Sarka after her village got destroyed and recruits her. She becomes one of his most trusted soldiers.
Vlasta is Zizka‘s highest and most trusted officer (she is also in relationship with Zizka, but it’s not specified whether they are married or not). She is a tough fighter, who is ready to fulfill any of Zizka’s orders.
Sir Wilhelm von Schwartz is a German knight and loyal crusader. Even though he came to Bohemia to erase the Hussites, he still believes in chivalry and saves Sarka’s life even though they are enemies. As far as I know, he doesn’t have any historical counterpart.
A few words about cities/places
As I said before, the cities and places mentioned here are real. Some drawings are kinda accurate (like Church of Our Lady before Týn), sadly Prague Astronomical Clock is drawn in it’s very early stage excluding some of its features it has today.
A few words about fights
Fights are believable and thrilling, author is not scared of killing main characters so your favourite character’s life can be over in any second. So many „main“ characters died in fight or because of illness.
A few words about clothes
I am not medieval fashion expert, but the clothes looked like it could be worn back then. (except for that kinda steampunkish diving suit used while besieging Vysehrad castle).
A few words about gore/violence/rape
Yes, all of this is included here, because that’s how it used to be, and your „reeeeeeeeee“ won’t change a thing. Deal with it.
No seriously, if you got offended by Goblin Slayer for one single rape scene, this will probably give you heart attack, so I would recommend you to skip this.
A few closing words
This is kinda interesting ,,what if“ scenario from Hussite Wars era. It’s not a bad thing to jump from medieval fantasy worlds to real medieval world from time to time, but in that case we shouldn’t change reality as much as they did here. But I really liked all the Hussite Wars references, there’s plenty of them. Anyways if you like medieval stories and you have a thing for real world setting, this might be for you. Also, if you played Kingdom Come, go read this, but don’t expect this to be that realistic. And once more, knowing a few things about Hussite Wars is an advantage here, but not necessity, you can still enjoy the plot, but you might miss some references.