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.
In this volume, we're getting into how Miyo really is special, and it's exciting even if it is a trope. It's clear that she needs more time to heal, and I'm glad to see that the mangaka is showing how slow that process is instead of rushing through it or glossing over how painful that can be. I also appreciate how we have a limited perspective of what's happening in the world and we aren't given a full omniscient 3rd person point of view for the larger conflict that's happening -- rather, we have a slice told from Miyo and Kudo's perspective as they are given information.
The illustrations continue to be beautiful and full of gorgeous detail. There has been some wonderful care put into the clothing for each character. The small details to show Miyo's declining health are also really carefully and thoughtfully done.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3
Publisher: Square Enix
Publication Date: September , 2023
ISBN: 9781646092482 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Romance, Family, Magic, Fantasy, Mental Health, Square Enix
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