The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4: Dabit Deus His Quoque Finem

The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4: Dabit Deus His Quoque Finem Book Cover The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4: Dabit Deus His Quoque Finem
The Saga of Tanya the Evil
Carlo Zen
Light Novel
Yen On
November 27, 2018 (English); June 29, 2015 (Japanese)
Paperback
318

A devil wanders the battlefield in the guise of an adorable young child and her name is Tanya Degurechaff! After returning from the sandy southlands, Tanya receives an incredibly suspicious order from headquarters to embark on a training exercise. In reality, command has sent her on a covert mission to initiate a border conflict with the Federation. Soon the Empire finds itself embroiled in another fight it cannot back down from, even if it means making the entire world their enemies!

 

The Saga of Tanya the Evil is back to having a Latin subtitle. “Dabit deus his quoque finem” translates to “God will give an end to these things as well”. A well-fitting phrase considering Tanya’s antagonistic relationship with Being X. This one does not pick off immediately where the last book left off. It has been a few weeks and Tanya receives new orders to return to the capital for her next assignment. For you anime watchers, the books are now past the events of the TV show and into the events of the movie. I have not actually seen the movie myself at the time of this writing, but it is my understanding that it more or less covers the events of Volume 4.

Going back to the WWII allegories common in this series, this is the point where Russia enters the war. The not-Russia country in Tanya’s new world is a bit blunter compared to the other European nation counterparts. The country’s political stances and history are practically a mirror image of real-world Russia in the same era. Just with magic and the mixed WWI-WWII recent history of Tanya’s new world added in.

While there is still plenty of action in Dabit Deus his Quoque Finem, things start to get a bit more political here. One aspect of military stories is how much the scope can increase as the main character climbs the ranks. When the MC oversees a small unit of soldiers, a single battleship, or a similar command, readers typically see the conflicts they are directly involved with. But as they are promoted and more involved with the big picture, there is less time to devote to them. Audiences are shown other pieces of the big picture because that context is now required.

This series takes it a step further by having more and more nations enter the war as it goes on. This forces the story to divide its attention between even more points of view. Tanya and her troops spend plenty of time winning battles, but the lead-up to those events is becoming equally important. Tanya continues to be plagued by his/her knowledge of Earth’s military history and the fact that many of her superiors are not listening to her ideas. And, as usual, her attempts to get away from the frontline spectacularly backfire as people misinterpret her intentions. Dabit Deus his Quoque Finem is another fantastic entry to this series, but the war is far from over.

May 3, 2020

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