Chise accidentally puts Elias under a strong sleeping spell, and she seeks counsel from Angie to brew a counter-potion to wake him up. The process of making the potion tires Chise out, and she sleeps for two days to recover! In her dreams, Chise connects with the powerful menace, Josef, who is searching for a way to successfully recover or replace his severed left arm. Meanwhile, two dragon chicks from Linden's aerie find themselves in trouble after wandering away at night, and they are kidnapped by dragon poachers. Chise, Elias, and three alchemists agree to help find the chicks and bring them back to the aerie. Chise's skills at making "friends" helps the group locate one dragon chick at a rarities auction house. They enter as potential buyers and plan to pool their money together to buy the chick, but the panicking young dragon escalates the situation to a dangerous level.
There are several minor characters in this series who are drawn very similarly, so it’s starting to be difficult to keep track of fall of them. However, a voracious reader who reads each volume of this series back-to-back will probably have a better time of keeping everyone straight. This series has hardly any recap or reminders of who everyone is and how they came to meet Chise, which would appeal to readers who are tired of incessant recapping that happenings in some series, but might be more challenging for readers who have a hard time holding on to lots of details. This aside, this adventure going after the kidnapped dragons is tugging at my heartstrings and giving me some reading-induced anxiety. The dragons are two of the ones Chise played with when she was staying with Linden, and I have become invested in their security. Josef’s involvement provides a darker element that adds to my fears for these little dragons.
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, vol 5, vol 6
Publisher: Seven Seas
Publication Date: March 10, 2017
ISBN: 9781626924994 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy,
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