Joel has become ill, and Chise wants to save him, but old age and being siphoned by a sidhe has taken its tole on him. Rather than brew medicine for him, Chise brews a special potion that will allow him to see fae so that he can see his sidhe admirer for a moment. The brewing process is extremely taxing, and the fae world is not in favor of Chise brewing it because they don’t like humans to see them. Nevertheless, despite the hazards to her health and the constant need to watch the potion, Chise is successful, and Joel is able to see his sidhe for a few moments before he passes. The brewing process almost completely drains Chise, and Elias whisks her to the Fairy Kingdom in order to save her. There, a strange doctor, half human, half fae, uses some questionable methods to save Chise.
It's taken five volumes, but Chise is finally starting to grow a spine in this magical world of hers. She's been a floundering, weak heroine in need of saving, but in this volume, she takes charge and decides to make this potion for Joel, despite the dangers. Yes, she drains herself and needs saving in the end, and Elias does save her again, but this time, she knew what she was getting herself into. She's starting to become more comfortable with her magical abilities. Yamazaki continues to remind us that Chise is a ticking time-bomb, however. Every time Chise gets to use her magic, she ends up hurting herself, or potentially taking years off her life. This back and forth - wanting Chise to do magic, but not wanting her to die - is a triumph of this series' narrative.
Yamazaki's illustrations continue to be breathtaking and very creative. The magical beings we see in this volume in the Fairy Kingdom are beautiful and strange.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy, Romance
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