No longer a slave but now an magus’ apprentice, Chise Hatori has been introduced to people and creatures of many sorts, including fae royalty. We start where we left off with the King of Cats and the blight haunting the cats’ home. As the story goes on, she learns about more of the cruel effects of being a sleigh beggy, a person who can generate and use tremendous magic. This second volume of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, by Kore Yamazaki, continues one story line and shows more of the side effects of being a sleigh beggy.
I first learned about The Ancient Magus’ Bride anime from akidearest, but I decided I would watch it when it becomes available on a platform I have access to. Then I saw the manga at my library and checked it out. The recommendation I heard for the anime was that it gives you a sense of wonder and tells you just what you need to know for current events and feel there’s still more to the fantasy world, and the manga delivers on that too.
Li Lan is a young girl from a good, bankrupt family. She soon learns that she her reclusive father left her with few marriage prospects. Then one of the Lim family’s women contacts her with a proposal. Marry her dead son in exchange for security. Li Lan and her grandmother are horrified by this offer. Her ghostly stalker haunts her, dragging her into the affairs of the afterlife. As she discovers dark secrets, she has to escape cold, ghostly clutches.
In this beautiful retelling of multiple stories, a girl becomes a woman who learns who she is, works through the trials of a relationship, and fights for life. The Goblin King has been a legend that has haunted Liesl all her life as the Lord of Mischief, a muse, and her playmate. Liesl and her sister, Käthe, go to the market where they spot strange men selling tempting fruit. While Liesl….
In this amazing fantasy, there are four dimensions that each have a London. Only Antari, blood mages, can travel to these Londons. Kell is one of the only Antari left who is charged with exchanging mail between the rulers of the Londons, but he has a nasty habit of smuggling more than mail between worlds. He trades objects from other worlds for the right price, and that’s been going well until one object brings trouble with it. Now he is on the run. He meets Delilah Bard, a thief from Grey London….
Inspired by Christina Rossetti’s “The Goblin Market,” Molly Ringle retold it with the addition of two love interests. In Puget Sound, Washington, one young woman, Skye Darwen, remembers hearing the fairy folk when she was little and came upon them again as an adult. The goblins curse her with becoming one of them, leaving her depressed and hardly able to communicate. Livy Darwen, her older sister, tries everything to help her but grows frustrated about how this happened. Kit Sylvain would understand what happened to her because of an inherited contract that makes him the human liaison for the goblin tribe. As he starts dating Livy, he fails to notice Skye dragging his cousin, Grady Sylvain, into the curse. Left untouched by goblin magic…
Araragi Koyomi wakes up and finds that he has been kidnapped by his girlfriend. In processing how he got there, he recounts the interactions with his sisters and his lifelong friends. He starts to uncover a plot that his middle-school-age “Fire” sisters are involved in. They feel a sense of justice and try to dish it out to people. In Koyomi’s opinion, something just feels fake about it all. NisiOisiN’s Nisemonogatari: Fake Tale: Part 01 is a light-hearted urban fantasy that focuses on Koyomi’s relationships and the trouble of teenagers in his community.
Ghouls look like and live like humans, except they eat human flesh. Ken Kaneki is a human-Ghoul hybrid due to an accident that gave him the organs of a Ghoul. He is learning about life as a Ghoul by learning to act human, seeing the humanity in Ghouls, and avoiding contact with the “Doves,” investigators who kill and torture all Ghouls without consideration of which is good and which is bad. Volume 2 of Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, is the volume that humanizes Ghouls.
Society contains humans and Ghouls, who look and behave like humans most of the time. One problem: the Ghouls must eat humans to survive. Ken Kaneki, a human in this society, is thrilled to go on a date with the woman he likes, but it turns out she only wants to eat him. After an accident and a dubious rescue, he transforms into human-Ghoul hybrid. Now Ken has to survive Ghoul wars, learn the ways of Ghoul society, and come to terms with his existence as a half-Ghoul. The first volume of Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, explores a transformation into that of a monster and the way one man copes with this horrific change.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t remember the Hogwarts Library having a fiction collection. I know it’s a school library, so there has to be a lot of nonfiction available for student research. But surely there are plenty of students who want to read fiction between study sessions and classes. I don’t even remember… Continue reading Where is the fiction section of the Hogwarts Library?