Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Manga Review: The Ancient Magus' Bride, Volume 2, by Kore Yamazaki

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: 2015
Volumes: 6+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Great power comes at a price...

Chise Hatori's life has recently undergone shocking change. As a sleigh beggy--a person capable of generating and wielding tremendous magical power--she has transformed from an unwanted child to a magician's apprentice who has been introduced to fae royalty. But Chise's newly discovered abilities also mean a cruel fate awaits her.


The first part of this volume concludes the cat story. It’s sad and a little horrifying and it exhausts Chise’s power supply. Which leads to us meeting the faerie queen and king, which is quite comedic and sure to lead to something later on. There’s a bit of calm, with Chise settling into her new home, and then she goes on another job with Elias, and comes another cliffhanger.
I’m enjoying Chise’s character, and I like seeing how she’s getting used to her new home and family. She’s never had anyone be so nice to her as Elias, and it takes some getting used to, but she's growing attached to him. There’s also more chemistry between her and Elias forming; before, it seemed more fatherly, but there were actual romantic attachments between them in this volume, even if nothing’s happened yet. Given that she’s supposed to be his bride at some point, this is a nice development.
We’re also learning with Chise what her magic is doing to her, and what it could lead to in the long run.
This is a slow, subtle series. Small moments of development and humor, a lot of different characters and creatures introduced. I’m enjoying it so far.

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