Book review – Romantic Country Third Tale by Eriy

Lo and behold, while looking through my in queue folders, discovered a few books still patiently waiting to be reviewed, among them, Romantic Country Third Tale by Eriy. This is the Japanese version, English version is announced for May 2, 2017.

Details: Paperback, Graphics Inc, 2016
Pages: 25.3 x 25.3 x 2.9 cm, 96 pages, good smooth paper, double-sided
ISBN10: 4766128672
ISBN13: 9784766128673
Get it from: CDJapanYesAsia and other places online. I bought mine from CDJapan and had no problems. Google before buying, this book is often overpriced and you can get a better deal.

Romantic Country. Ahh. Well you see when I first saw the books, I wasn’t all that into them. Yes, they looked kind of cute and it was strange to learn that she drew them with a toothpick (I mean.. wow much?) but other than that, no emotions were stirred. And then… Something happened. I don’t know what. But I suddenly saw the magic, I was done, converted for good. I still don’t own the second one (something like 50 days still to go on preorder, I preordered lightyears ago, it’s the longest wait for any book I’ve ever experienced) but the third one rocks my boat.
Romantic Country series is about a fantasy land Cocot, where all kinds of people and creatures live. It’s a really warm and inviting book with childlike images (not childish, mind you) that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.
The linework is not black but a brownish grey that fades beautifully into the coloring, part of the charm of the book for me for sure.
The paper is great, it’s thick and smooth and loves pencils. It can take a tad bit of water but careful with it. The images are on both sides so beware when using markers.
All in all, a wonderful book. I find that it’s specially great that the style doesn’t get boring or tiresome after three books, the opposite really, they leave you wanting even more.
The only reason I don’t color more in them is because they are intensely detailed and take a huge amount of time and my life has become so fast paced that it’s a bit tricky to fit one of these in. But I do intend to pick it up again soon!

Example image I’ve done from this book:
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Picture: Lamp shop, Romantic Country the third, Prismacolor Premier

Overall, it’s the bomb. Seriously, I love the book. I think the third one is even better then the first. Can’t wait for the second!

Disclaimer: all of the above opinions are mine, you might have a different experience and opinions

3 thoughts on “Book review – Romantic Country Third Tale by Eriy

  1. I know this is an old post but I’ve just found your blog after recently discovering the Romantic Country books. I’d only coloured in a few pages of Enchanted Forest about a year ago and sort of lost interest in adult colouring, until finding Eriy’s books. You’re right, they are deceptively simple but the images really grow on you. They’re just very different to most of the colouring books out there. I have the first book on order from Amazon 🙂 Your coloured image in this post is beautiful, wonderful choice of colours and I’ve been catching up with your colouring on YouTube. Is English your second language, as you live in Estonia? If so, your English is brilliant! We visited Estonia on a cruise a few years ago. Glad you say that the drawing style hold your interest, as I was hesitating about ordering all three of the books but your opinion has decided me 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you found something you like again! It’s such a wonderful feeling.
      English is my second language, I am a native Estonian and speak Estonian as my first language. Thank you, I’m glad I do a decent job of not butchering the English language 😛
      Did you like it here? I don’t live in Tallinn where cruises go, oddly enough I only just saw the old town there this year for the first time and finally understand why people like Tallinn. To me it was always just a gray windy city before.

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      1. Thanks for replying 🙂 I’m impressed you know the term ‘butchering’ the language! That’s a wonderful command of English. We English are useless at learning other languages. Yes, we visited Tallinn for a very quick guided walk around! Lovely place with lots of art on sale down each side of a narrow winding street. My three sons did some archery there too which was set up by people in medieval costumes. Will check out your other posts now I’ve found your blog 🙂

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