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.
This story is, first and foremost, a slow romance and a story of healing. There might be some magical plot points that could develop further later, especially with the hints about how important Miyo could be to the future of magical people, but the appeal of this story is Miyo being able to heal and being supported by a person who is widely misunderstood. Kudo and Miyo are two broken folks who have possibly found their person. There could be some complications later as Miyo had a childhood sweetheart that was swept up by Kaya, but I think I and other readers would be immensely satisfied to see these two build a relationship where they can both be at peace.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: Square Enix
Publication Date: January 10, 2023
ISBN: 9781646091478 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Romance, Family, Mental Health, Square Enix
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