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Book Review: The Ancient Magnus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki, Translated by Adrienne Beck (Volume 1)

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Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel
Series: The Ancient Magnus’ Bride, Volume 1
Rating: 3 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Most Likely

 

Summary (via Goodreads):
Enter the Magician’s Apprentice

Her name is Chise Hatori, a penniless orphan troubled by visions. Sold as a slave to an inhuman mage, she is about to begin a strange new life, filled with magic, fairies, and other beings of a fantastical nature.

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My Review:
I liked reading this first volume, though it was a bit much on the slow, mellow side for a beginning. The story takes place at a turning point in which mages, magic, and like associations are nearing a pseudo-extinction. That coupled with Elias – the “inhuman mage” in question – taking on Chise to be his apprentice mage opens up several possibilities, which already begin to manifest in this volume. Already she’s set apart as this more advanced, rare magical being. And now she’s paired with a renowned mage and recluse. Interesting.

I like Chise and Elias. There’s a quiet humor and charm about them. I’m anticipating a lot more funny banter between them. I think their dialogue was the best part of the story so far.

My biggest issue was that the story jumped around too much. Transition were sometimes jarring.

I plan to read volume 2 to learn more about the story and characters. I don’t feel fully immersed in this story’s world yet. So, as of now, I’m still not entirely sold on the story, but I’m interested enough to keep reading.

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