Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Books Reviews: Black Butler Vol. 1-3 by Toboso Yana (Manga/Fantasy)

Title: Black Butler Vol. 1
Author: Toboso Yana
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2010 (2007)
Pages:
192
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Manga/Fantasy
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


In the Victorian ages of London The Earl of the Phantomhive house, Ciel Phantomhive, needs to get his revenge on those who had humiliated him and destroyed what he loved. Not being able to do it alone he sells his soul to a demon he names Sebastian Michaelis. Now working as his butler, Sebastian must help the Earl Phantomhive in this suspenseful, exciting, thriller manga.


This is the first time I have read a manga without having watched the anime first, so though I had a vague idea of the premise behind Black Butler, I started this book not really knowing what to expect. Overall I enjoyed it. The first couple of chapters were a little bland, but by Chapter Three things really kicked off. I am already half in love with Sebastian and I look forward to reading on in Volume Two later today.




Title: Black Butler Vol. 2
Author: Toboso Yana
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2010 (2007)
Pages:
192
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Manga/Fantasy
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


As high society's social calendar opens up and the Season draws to a close, London is gripped by fear. Someone has taken to stalking women of the night and painting the town red...in their blood. The name on everyone's lips seems to be "Jack the Ripper" - and as a result, the name on Queen Victoria's lips is Phantomhive. Summoned to London to clean up the mess created by this madman, Ciel Phantomhive arrives with Sebastian, his extraordinary butler, at his side to pour him tea, polish his silver, and...investigate a serial killer. And with the aid (and occasional interference) of a few of the Phantomhive house's numerous acquaintances, little stands in the way of the young earl getting to the bottom of this mystery. However, one question remains...can he handle the shattering truth behind it?


I am starting to get into this story. I am especially enjoying seeing glimpses of Sebastian's darker side, and learning more about the deal he made with Ciel. However, the completely incorrect modes of address for the titled characters keep making my laugh. After all the research the author claims to have done, would it have been so hard to refer to a copy of Debretts?




Title: Black Butler Vol. 3
Author: Toboso Yana
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2010 (2007)
Pages:
197
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Manga/Fantasy
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Terrorizing its populace, Jack the Ripper has shaken London to its very core. But when Sebastian Michaelis, singular butler of the Phantomhive house, lays bare the madman's true identity, all that is left for him to do is eliminate the perpetrator in the name of the Queen and Phantomhive. But inhumanly efficient skills don't guarantee victory when the opponent is just as supernaturally gifted! And though Sebastian may be able to save Ciel from physical harm in the battle that ensues, will the young earl ever recover from the emotional scars it will leave on his heart?


I've enjoyed the Jack the Ripper storyline and am keen to see which direction things will take as we head into volume four. Time to request the next few books from the library!

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