Applicants who passed the first part of the Wizard First Class test are now set to take the second part of the exam. This portion requires the applicants to get through a dangerous dungeon. Sense, the instructor, tags along with Frieren and Fern, but the rest of the candidates split up and go solo or create small teams. They soon learn that this was a mistake, that this particular dungeon requires cooperation. Inside, there is a monster who makes nearly perfect clones of the adventurers, and the group must work together to identify each other's weaknesses in order to defeat them. But, the last clone will require all of them, as they find Frieren’s powerful clone guarding the final doorway.
There are some higher stakes in this volume, but it overall still manages to have a relaxed air to it all. There are some wonderful magic sequences, just as there was in the previous volume, so these challenges have been a great way for readers to understand how magic works in this world. The story is still peppered with flashbacks where we learn more about Frieren. Since starting the trials, there have been a few more about Frieren as an apprentice and meeting her master, so we're starting to get an idea of what Frieren was like before her studies, and just how much work she's put in to becoming as powerful as she is. As always, Abe's use of flashbacks are perfectly aligned with the main storyline, as we are learning crucial information about Frieren just in time to fear her powerful clone.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: October 18, 2022
ISBN: 9781974734009 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy, VIZ Media
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