Caesar continues to try to win over Nakaba, but when Loki reveals he plans to work against the royal family of Belquat, Nakaba pushes Caesar away even more. When bad dreams wake Nakaba in the middle of the night and turn out to be visions, Loki reveals that she has inherited a gift from her ancestors: the Arcana, the gift of seeing past, present, and future. The visions reveal someone trying to kill Caesar with a poisonous snake in his room! Even though she is fighting not to let Caesar into her heart, Nakaba finds she also can’t bear the thought of someone killing him. What can she do with her heart torn in two between Loki and Caesar? And how is she going to learn to harness this new power with no one from her kingdom or family to guide her?
This volume is still setting up the world and its complexities between the two kingdoms. There wasn't any hints of magic from the first volume, so it will be interesting how this power affects Nakaba and gets used. I am interested to see how she uses this to her advantage, or if any of the royal family finds out and abuses her for her power. While it is expected that Loki would not like Caesar, I am not as interested in the subplot of him planning against Caesar and the royal family. We also get another character in this volume, another of Nakaba's companions, but he is very barely sprinkled in with no clear indication of how he's going to play into all of this.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: February 7, 2012
ISBN: 9781421541051 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Magic, Fantasy, VIZ Media
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