Mari has been stuck in a classroom by herself, forced to practice reviving things, while havoc goes on around her. Miriam and the demon she summoned, whose name is also Alice, apparently have a long history together. Lady Alice the demon sets things in motion between two other countries to spark a war, and the country they’re all in must decide which of their alliances are strongest. The countries then discover that it was the witches who started everything in their quest to get back at the humans for generations of abuse. The country starts attacking the school they’re all in just as Alice discovers Mari’s mother is in the witch’s crypt below the school. Lady Alice dares Mari to try and resurrect everyone she’s killed, but it turns out that everyone has misunderstood Mari’s powers from the beginning.
The mangaka explains in the end that this was supposed to only be two volumes and it ended up being three, but there could have definitely been more volumes. There was some serious rushing in this volume to get everything done. A lot of major things are glossed over, including how the demon started a war, how the countries decided it was the witches, and how quickly the witch hunts begin (all of that was about 2 pages). I still don’t fully understand what’s happening with the headmistress of the school and her motivations. The ending puts a nice tidy bow on everything but creates some paradoxes that are not really explored for the sake of getting the characters to a happier place and ending the volume quickly. Overall, this series was interesting and had a nice yuri love story, but it's really marred by a narrative that kind of jumped all over the place and didn't spend a lot of time in any one area.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in the series: vol 1, vol 2
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
ISBN: 9781975325596 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, School Life, Manga, LGBTQ+, Magic, Romance, Yen Press
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