Chise and Alice Christmas shop in London, and both are stuck when it comes to finding a present for their masters. While walking around, they run into two men from Alice’s past, which prompts Alice to share some of her tragic backstory with Chise. When Chise returns home, she finds Elias is fairly miffed about her leaving without asking, but it turns out, he has been keeping tabs on her through her necklace and a contraption that can see her but not hear anything. Chise initially admonishes Elias for spying on her and not trusting her, but she comes to understand his fears for her safety and wellbeing.
Chise has spent most of this series in the fae world that it was interesting to see her and Alice in the human world. Chise has hardly any ties to the human world because she grew up in Japan, but this glimpse into Alice's past was really needed as a reminder of where they are and how the fae world is connected to humanity. Before this volume, Alice wasn't a stand-out character in my mind. When Chise meets back up with her, I actually had forgotten who she was, but this volume has made her a full-realized character. Then, we get to Elias spying on Chise. I feel like, from his reaction when she finds out about the spying, that it wasn't just for her protection, and the whole situation smacks of a red flag in an abusive relationship.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy,
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