Long ago, witches were persecuted and killed and blamed for all the wrong in society. Those who survived the fires of the stakes became the power behind many countries, allying themselves with kings and world rulers in order to stay alive. Now, these witches are indispensable and must be trained at an elite school. Alice is a top witch at the school, and she gets paired up with Mari, a seemingly talentless, nearly human who fails at everything and falls asleep in class constantly. While mentoring Mari, Alice discovers Mari’s immense power: she can resurrect. The other students become jealous of the amount of time Alice is spending with Mari, so they summon a demon to get rid of her. What they didn’t anticipate is that Alice may have started falling in love with Mari, which is forbidden for witches - they’ll lose their powers if they ever fall in love!
This manga has a great story and a really interesting world, but the pacing of the story is off. There are portions that go really quickly, as in several important things happening within a few panels, but without the fun montage music to go along with it. This story is a little shorter than other manga, at 144 pages instead of the traditional 200, so there could have been some room somewhere in there to iron out the pacing. Aside from that, this is a story worth following. This is a good yuri that doesn’t go straight into the characters sleeping with each other, so it can be a positive addition to libraries looking to bolster LGBTQ+ stories.
Sara's Rating: 6/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: November 17th 2020
ISBN: 9781975318031 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 6/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, LGBTQ+, Magic, Romance
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