In the previous volume, Chise stopped a little dragon from going on a destroying an auction house and killing lots of people, but the cost is that she is now suffering from a dragon's curse. According to Elias, there are no known ways to break the curse. Chise tries to console him by reminding him she has a shortened life as a Sleigh Beggy anyway, but Elias is consumed with trying to find a way to save her. The two are visited by Marielle, a witch with a very special coven who claim they can break Chise's curse, but there's a price: Chise will have to join the coven. Chise visits the witches to figure out if they're telling the truth or not, and Elias is consumed with worry that he might lose her forever.
The introduction of witches in this volume add another layer of wonderful, mysterious magic to this already extremely rich world of fae and fantasy. The major drawback for me is, this is yet another volume with another punishment on Chise that costs her life or shortens it even more. There are so many things Chise does that shortens her life, so it's a wonder that she's still alive! Let's hope there can be some other consequences for the magic Chise performs in the future. This volume does leave on a cliffhanger where Chise has not fully decided what to do about the witches and her curse, so have Volume 9 ready to go for readers.
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, vol 7
Publisher: Seven Seas
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
ISBN: 9781626925977 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy,
Romance, Seven Seas
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