Coming off the interruption of the Second Test for Agott and Richeh, the apprentices and Master Olruggio travel to the Hall of Witches where they can get medical attention for the badly injured Master Qifrey, and where they have to answer the questions of Lord Beldaruit, wise of teaching, about what happened during the test. The apprentices show Coco around the Hall, and she continues to be amazed by the magic employed by witches. The apprentices are also given a make-up test opportunity: they must surprise Lord Beldaruit, wise of teaching, who seems to be not easily impressed, with some form of magic that will rekindle his awe for magic. But, instead of the rest being just for Agott and Richeh, Beldaruit gives all of Quifrey’s apprentices the opportunity to take and pass the Second Test, including Coco.
The Great Hall is a place of wonder and the costume design continues to be impressive. I think I found my new cosplay! This is the healer who is charged with Master Qilfrey's care:
Lord Beldaruit is a fairly whimsical guy who has seen too much from magic, to the point where nothing is new and exciting anymore. The apprentices must once again work together, which is still difficult for Agott. Also in this volume, we get a little background information on why Agott is so singularly focused, and why she doesn’t want to work with anyone else in order to prove her own skills.Coco’s innocence and inexperience once again serves them well because she is able to think outside of the confines of magic as it is, exactly what Lord Beldaruit is looking for.
Sara’s Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 5-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: Elementary School, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy, Magical Girl
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