Adapted by Mutsumi Okubashi
Through William’s efforts, the town of Torch Point has begun to thrive and accept people from all over the world. The latest group of refugees are a group of dwarves who have been wandering after their home in the Rust Mountain was seized by a fierce dragon. William welcomed them but hopes an increase in people doesn’t lead to an increase in crime. He sets the dwarves to work building things and helping around town so as to reduce their likelihood of resorting to crime to survive. He also notices one among them who stands out due to his bravery, his preferential treatment from other dwarves, and his conviction. William decided to take the young dwarf as his squire and train him to be a great warrior. It turns out, Al, the dwarf, is a direct descendant from the last king of the dwarves! While patrolling for reported sightings of undead, William gets another visit from Stagnate, the God of Death, but this time as a warning not to go after the dragon of Rust Mountain who destroyed the dwarves' civilization.
This volume proves once again how a methodical pacing and exploration of each situation can build tension and allow the story to breathe. William doesn’t rush right off to tackle the dragon and get the dwarves’ home back, as one might assume would happen, but he rather takes most of this volume to decide and gather information. This also allows us to get a fuller picture of who Al is and become attached to him through his character development. There are fewer flashbacks in this volume compared to the previous ones, so we are pulling a little bit away from William, Mary, and Gus.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Publication Date: October 4, 2022
ISBN: 9781718359338 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Family, J-Novel Club
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