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ARC Review: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation by Momochi, Misake, Sando (Volume 3)

Thank you to Independent Publishers GroupTokyoPop, and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review! Volume 3 goes on sale June 8, 2021.

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Genre: Manga, Fantasy
Series: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: After defeating the underground dragon and finishing up their business in the mercantile city of Marcade, Lizel and Gil resume their journey, having promised Judge’s grandfather to protect Judge along the way. But danger soon catches up to them when a strange group of bandits called the Forky Gang attacks in the middle of the night! It quickly becomes clear that someone is targeting Lizel… but who could it be, and for what reason?

As always, former noble and current adventurer Lizel takes all new developments in stride in his usual, laid-back fashion. He’s celebrating his promotion from a simple E-rank to a D-rank adventurer — and setting his sights on ranking up again soon!

 

My Review: Volume 3 was good! There were a few new interesting developments foreshadowing possible dangers on the horizon. Lizel and Gil continue to surprise others by doing the impossible. We’re briefly introduced to a new character who I think will add some liveliness to the story. My favorite part was Judge and Studd basically competing for Lizel’s attention and affection – they’re so adorable! I’m really looking forward to the next volume. It’s gearing up to be a fun one.


Volume 1 (ARC review)

Volume 2 (ARC review)
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ARC Manga Review: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation by Misake, Momochi, Sando (Volume 2)

Thank you to Independent Publishers Group, TokyoPop, and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review!

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Genre: Manga, Fantasy
Series: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation (ongoing)
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: After their first successful adventure together, Lizel has officially formed a party with his guard and companion, the famous adventurer Gil. A renowned swordsman known by the moniker Single Stroke for his ability to take down any enemy with just one swipe, Gil has promised to protect Lizel as they become an official part of the adventurer’s guild — and the two are already making waves!

Lizel’s charming personality has earned him a few friends by now, among them a young appraiser named Judge, the grandson of a rich merchant from the mercantile capital of Marcade. When he asks them to accompany him as guards on a trip to visit his grandfather, Lizel happily accepts the opportunity to sightsee and explore in such a famous country. Gil, on the other hand, is more excited about seeing if there are any super-strong monsters to fight in Marcade’s Labyrinth. It’s time for the newly-formed party to prove their mettle!

 

My Review: The adventure begins albeit at a leisurely pace in the merchant town of Marcade. Lizel’s joy at the sights and curiosity are infectious. Lizel is eager to sight-see while Gil just wants to test his skills against powerful opponents.

I love how smitten Judge, who accompanies Lizel and Gil to Marcade, is with Lizel. Judge is so darling and I hope he becomes a member of their party. I think he’d be a delightful addition to the group.

Lizel and Gil are so compatible with each other and are surely on track to becoming fast friends. They are an eye-catching pair in more ways than one so of course strange trouble follows. Lizel is very astute and it’s interesting how he manages to solve pieces to any puzzle he and Gil are faced with.

Those last few scenes between the two were very appealing and I wonder how what took place will affect their relationship going forward.


Volume 1 (ARC review)

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ARC Manga Review: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation by Misake, Momochi, Sando (Volume 1)

Thank you to Diamond Book Distributer (Tokyopop) and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review! A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation goes on sale August 11, 2020.

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Genre: Manga
Series: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation
# of Volumes: 2 (ongoing)
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: When Lizel mysteriously finds himself in a city that bears odd similarities to his own but clearly isn’t, he quickly comes to terms with the unlikely truth: this is an entirely different world. Even so, laid-back Lizel isn’t the type to panic.

He immediately sets out to learn more about this strange place, and to help him do so, hires a seasoned adventurer named Gil as his tour guide and protector. Until he’s able to find a way home, Lizel figures this is a perfect opportunity to explore a new way of life adventuring as part of a guild.

After all, he’s sure he’ll go home eventually… might as well enjoy the otherworldly vacation for now!

 

My Review: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation is an unusual but laid back read. I enjoyed this first volume a lot and feel the story thus far shows promise.

Lizel is calm, cool, and collected. He is also intelligent with wicked wits. But all in all he is a good guy with a good heart. People are drawn to his polite manner and nature. He literally behaves like he’s on a vacation until he can find a way home. There is more to this character I’m sure of it. We don’t know much about him – as he tells Gil, we haven’t asked the right questions.

I am in love with Gil. He’s stoic, calm but cautious, and sure of himself and his abilities. He is a stark contrast to Lizel, which provides a lot of comedic moments through the story. Gil, I think, is drawn to Lizel because of Lizel’s competency and how he keeps surprising him.

The world of A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation is easy to immerse yourself in. It’s world-building is pretty standard and the idea of adventurers and adventuring is explained well. The fantasy element is very appealing. You meet other interesting characters but I’m hoping that develops a bit more in the next volume.

I would continue reading this series because I am highly invested in the story. The art style is beautiful and I love Lizel and Gil together. Would recommend this series.