Raeliana secures a friendship with a marquis' wife as Duke Noah instructed her to, but no sooner has this task been complete than Raeliana finds herself kidnapped by the terrible Francis Brooks, the fiancé she desperately tried to avoid from volume one because of the ill fate he had in store for her character in this novel to begin with. But of course, Duke Noah saves the day. Now that Raeliana is safe, she believes the contract can be called off, but Noah seems to want to follow through with the fake arrangement for much longer. Her next task is to accompany Noah on a monster hunt and play the part of a doting fiancée while parties of knights traipes off into a harsh winter forest and bring back offerings of dead beasts to lay at ladies' feet. Most of the knights bring back large beasts to offer to Vivian Shamal, the fairest of the ladies, but Noah's party doesn't return on time.
Suiren is a beautiful, mysterious young girl starting high school and the object of many young men’s crushes. She’s quiet, mysterious, and keeps to herself often. They liken her and nickname her “mysterious flower” because of her beauty and aloofness. One day, shy but tough Kawasumi stands up for her against several bullies, and she finds herself smitten. Kawasumi’s problem mirrors Suiren’s - he doesn’t know how to talk to girls, while Suiren doesn’t know how to talk to boys without sending them into emotional tizzies. The two bounce off each other in various high school situations - class field trips, navigating other students having crushes on them - and they might start to drift closer to one another as they realize a mutual attraction.
Illustrated by Rito Kohsaka
As Miyo received no formal training with he Saimori family, she begins etiquette training in order to feel more worthy of her husband-to-be. And her trainer is none other than Lord Kudo's sister, Hazuki! She's also plagued by nightmares, which Kudo tries to keep away, but he's not always successful. With the increased activity of grotesqueries, he's kept busy at the office, and the strain takes a tole on Miyo's physical health. As Kudo continues to look into Miyo's family history, he also meets a strange young man -- Arata Tsuruki -- who, officially, is dispatched to help the Anti-Grotesquerie Unit, but he also seems to be connected somehow to Miyo's Usuba clan.
After Mynthe shreds Hades' soul with her harsh words, he runs into Persephone at Hera's house and falls deeper in love with her. Persephone decides that the two of them need to set some boundaries and confesses her feelings for Hades, but Hades can't bring himself to bring reciprocate because she is so young, and because she is on the path to become an eternal maiden. While Persephone and Mynthe might not be the answer, Hades also knows Hera isn't either, even though the goddess tries to use him to get back at Zeus after he once again cheats on her. Later, Apollo is at Persephone's house, and demands to know why she's been avoiding him. She finally confronts him about how uncomfortable he makes her feel. She seeks some comfort by hanging out with her friend, Cupid, but ends up telling him why she doesn't get along with his uncle, Ares.
Illustrated by Rito Kohsaka
Miyo has been kidnapped and is brought back to the Saimori house where Kaya and her mother try to force Miyo to refuse Kudo's marriage proposal. Kaya believes she will be able to rearrange fiancés and become Kudo's fiancée while giving Kōji to Miyo. Kōji was unable to stop the kidnapping from happening, but he does the next best thing: he brings Lord Kudo to the Saimori house. Lord Tatsuichi tries to stop Kudo from entering the Saimori house, and even forces a bewildered Lord Saimori to stand with him, but the two of them are no match for Kudo's superior strength. In another part of the kingdom, sinister actors put an evil plan into motion by digging up a sealed grave and introducing new grotesqueries into the world, which Kudo's battalion will have to investigate.
Adapted by SUOL
Penelope is determined to meet the last two love interests in the game to see if either of them can be her actual way out, rather than relying on the two brothers who seem to hate her, or the crazy prince. She must sneak out to rescue Eckles from a slave auction, but she manages to run into both her brothers on the way out. Both accompany her to the festival, but a strange blur of commotion at the festival separates them all, which is advantageous for Penelope, who uses it to attend the slave auction and bid on Eckles, but this plan turns out to not be as fool proof as she thought - Eckles is actually extremely dangerous and a bit unhinged, not quite the docile young knight she remembers from the game.
Adapted by HereLee, illustrated by SUMPUL
Rashta’s former owner confronts her at a New Years celebration, contradicting the Emperor, who assured everyone upon Rashta’s arrival that she was not a slave. As the rumors fly, Rashta tries to fabricate different rumors about a duchess in court so that attention will be moved off of her. But, her former slaver isn’t finished with her, as he reveals he is raising a child she birthed while on his estate. He and Rashta enter into a tenuous partnership where she pays him with jewels to raise the child but also do some of her dirty work. Empress Navier continues her pen-pal relationship with Prince Heinrey, reluctant to bring their friendship into public because of his reputation as a womanizer. Heinrey invites his friend, Count Ergi, to join him, and it becomes clear the two are up to something nefarious, although Navier hasn’t figured out what just yet. For her birthday Sovieshu, the Emperor, suggests a trip for just the two of them to the imperial villa, but Navier is still suspicious of any affection Soveishu shows her after taking on a mistress.
Vol 4: Robin, illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
Picking up right where Beast Boy Loves Raven left off, the teens survive a night in the wilderness hiding from H.I.V.E., but they won’t last long on their own. Max calls her mother, Natalia, and they find a vacation rental in Georgia where they can lay low and avoid Slade. At the house, Natalia helps each teen train their individual powers for better control and to use them to their advantage. Gar decides it’s time to make up with his parents, and he calls them down to the Georgia coast to confront them about what they were doing and what they know about H.I.V.E.. Unknown to them, Damien’s adoptive brother, Dick Grayson, tracks his brother to the beach house and wants to stay and help them out, which enrages Damien. The two decide to settle it over some friendly challenges: hacking, parkour, target practice, and batarang throwing. The group also soon find out that Slade is interested in a girl in L. A., so they pack up and try to get to her before he does.
The French people grow increasingly unruly as a nation-wide food shortage gets worse, and it’s clear that the nobility and the royal family has not suffered in the slightest. The king also fires the Minister of Finance, who the people believed to be their advocate to the monarchy. They take up whatever arms they can find and flood the streets, causing the king to send his troops into the streets as well Oscar leads a reluctant group of soldiers who do not wish to March against the people, but Oscar assures her men that they will not harm the citoyens. Fighting breaks out, and Oscar makes the difficult decision to turn her forces against the French troops who started the bloodshed. She then marches on The Bastille and leads a people’s takeover. As the people decide whether they need the monarchy or not, Fersen sneaks back into France and tries to get the royal family out and into Austria. The plan fails, and the people are disgusted that Louis would abandon the fatherland. They imprison the royal family, sentence Louis to death, separate Marie from her children, and eventually put her on trial, where her missteps from the past volumes are brought against her as proof that she cared little for the people of France.
Illustrated by Rito Kohsaka
Miyo continues to heal from her past in Lord Kudo's house, and he doesn't pressure her to tell him what she's been through. Because he has been so generous and kind, Miyo decides she wants to make him a silk hair tie While on a shopping trip, Miyo slips away to buy some silk thread, but, Kudo uses that opportunity to arrange for new kimonos to be made to replace her threadbare ones. While out on the town, the two run into Miyo's sister, Kaya, and suddenly, all of Miyo's healing came undone. Kudo protects Miyo and whisks her home, enraging Kaya and sparking her curiosity as to what she can do to pry Kudo away from Miyo. To hint at some of the mysticism of the world, Kudo must deal with some supernatural threats as part of his military commission, and he ponders on the decline in magical abilities amongst the affluent families.
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