Summary: After getting stabbed by Mudeok, who was Naksu, in the previous season, Jang Uk came back to life by the help of the ice stone, which is now residing in his body. It’s been three years since the incident. Jang Uk has become powerful because of the ice stone, but remained in grief and pain. One day, Jang Uk meets Jin Bu Yeon, who is still having Naksu’s soul inside her, and decides to take her as his wife.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Kings & Princes, Flower Boys, Magic
Stars: Lee Jae Wook as Jang Uk
Ko Yoon Jung as Jin Bu Yeon
Hwang Min Hyun as Seo Yool
Shin Seung Ho as Go Won (the crown prince)
Likes: I really love the fact that there is season 2 as we were all left hanging by the ending of the first one. The Daeho world was just too good, I wanted to stay and linger around for a while. The colours of the sets, the costumes, the beautiful sceneries, the fantasies we never had in the past, they all came together, and it was just beautiful. I think, one reason why Alchemy of Souls is successful is because of the experience we get to have when watching the series. It felt like you’re travelling to a far far land, different from ours, with dragons and what not and most of all, the most good-looking mages who are impressive with their magics and fighting skills. What an experience, a magical journey for us all.
The twist. What had become of Mudeok who had Naksu’s soul? Mudeok, who was actually Jin Bu Yeon, the heir of Jin family, was saved from the lake and by the help of Master Lee, regained her body but with the real Naksu’s face, because she still got Naksu’s soul inside. Naksu lost her memory and Jin Bu Yeon lost her divine power, but as the latter was recovering her power, Naksu’s memory slowly came back to her as well. A bit confusing but I like the intrigue.
Our dear Cho Yeong. As Master Lee would put it, Naksu who resides in Jin Bu Yeon’s body and have lived as Mudeok, can be called as one of these names, but in the end she preferred the name she was born with, and that was Cho Yeong. She was born Cho Yeong, the daughter of the former Gwangju of Cheonbugwan who first knew about the King’s star which appeared on the very day Jang Uk was born. In the end, Cho Yeong, who became Naksu, resided in Mudeok, who was actually Jin Bu Yeon, became Cho Yeong again and married our Jang Uk. What a journey!
Ko Yoon Jung or Jung So Min. Who do you like better? I honestly like both. I have invested so much in Jung So Min in the first season that I have really missed her in the second one. Jung So Min is cute and pretty while Ko Yoon Jung is blindingly beautiful. I like it that Ko Yoon Jung tried to keep Mudeok’s accent thus she sometimes sounded like Jung So Min when she spoke. But if there was something that Ko Yoon Jung was better of, it was her chemistry with Lee Jae Wook who played Jang Uk. I love their kissing scene. You can feel the attraction, it was believable.
“My wife can not sleep.” – Jang Uk after smashing that ball that controls the sewn thread on his wife’s shoulder. I so like him in this scene, protective and sexy but still cold!
“As you can see, my beauty is unmatched. But I am not the brightest.” Jin Bu Yeon talking to Seo Yool on how similar they are. Laughed so hard on this! She didn’t even bat an eyelid 😂.
My other favourite love team. Park Jin and Kim Do Joo always lit up the mood, so just imagine my grief when I thought they would both die! I just loved these two. They were so cute and looked good together, the chemistry was strong! Their courtship is that of the past, very traditional. They had this misunderstandings, jealousy but then they would make up. The “who would you save question” is something I can relate with. When you’re in love, you’re not supposed to be blinded but more understanding. And as what Kim Do Joo said, “I understand that you have a world to save.” She loved Park Jin and the responsibility that came with him. My heart would have been broken into pieces if not for Master Lee who saved the couple.
The wedding scene. Oh how pretty was our bride! I thought, I would never see them wed. I was mesmerized with that scene when Jang Uk stole Jin Bu Yeon when she was about to get married. She was carried by a boat and it was leading to Jang Uk who was at the bank of the lake. That was such a beautiful scene. But getting wed officially by no other than Master Lee himself, it was fantastic! Our bride wearing a flower wreath on her head was gorgeous and Jang Uk looked so handsome in his black robe!
Light and Shadow. How I wondered! Thanks to Master Lee again for making things clearer. So why light and shadow? Jang Uk is a bright light (because of the ice stone inside his body), that protects the world, and she is a shadow that protects him, by embracing the darkness surrounding him.
Epic Ending. I just loved the very last scene when Jang Uk and Cho Yeong were after the last relic that escaped Jinwoyon. The unsheathing of his sword was just too cool!
The First Season vs The Second Season. The first one was definitely more complete. It introduced every character, and it could have really ended with Mudeok stabbing Jang uk. A sad ending and we would have cursed the writers for that 😉. The second season, on the other hand was darker, it started where we left off on the first one, but it gave us a lot of explanations that couldn’t be squeezed in the first one. Dark like Avengers Infinity War, when anyone important could die! Honestly, I was getting ready for it! But thankfully, we got a happy ending, and I couldn’t be any happier!