Saturday, 14 September 2019

Book Review: Black Butler Vol. 4-8 by Yana Toboso (Fantasy/Manga)

Title: Black Butler Vol. 4
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2011 (2008)
Pages:
192
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


London - the capital of the Great Empire - is once again under siege, as a string of bizarre attacks on British citizens returned from India sends rumours flying and casts a pall upon Queen Victoria's rule. Sent in by Her Majesty, young Earl Phantomhive and his most capable butler, Sebastian, follow a trail that collides head-on with an Indian youth who claims to be a prince. And this prince possesses an extraordinary butler of his own! As an intense rivalry between the two butlers begins to form, will the kitchen be the dueling duo's final battleground?!

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Title: Black Butler Vol. 5
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2011 (2008)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


For an impeccable gentleman's butler like Sebastian Michaelis, the word "impossible" is just not in his vocabulary. Everything demanded of him under the English sun is well within his grasp. But do his talents extend to things under the scalding Indian sun?! As Harold West-Jeb's plan to use Agni, Prince Soma's superhuman butler, in a curry battle to win himself a Royal Warrant is exposed, Earl Ciel Phantomhive sets Sebastian to the task of creating an incomparable curry to defeat the despicable West-Jeb. But how can Ciel's devil of a butler possibly best Agni, the man with the Right Hand of God?!

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Title: Black Butler Vol. 6
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2011 (2009)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


The cheer of the holidays has passed, but the Noah's Ark traveling circus has been making the rounds, bringing fun and joy to children of all ages. However, as the ringmaster's cries fade away, a disturbing trend begins to surface in the wake of the colourful entourage. Children seem to disappear whenever the circus packs up for its next destination, and there are no clues...or corpses...to be found. But when the situation calls for Ciel and Sebastian to infiltrate the big top, will Sebastian's inhuman skills be enough to see him and his young master through a treacherous tightrope act that may well end in death?

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Title: Black Butler Vol. 7
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: (2009)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Having successfully infiltrated the Noah's Ark Circus in the guise of rookie performers, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his butler, Sebastian, set about gathering clues backstage as to the whereabouts of the missing children. But when a turn at a snooping puts Ciel on the trail of a man whose identity is shrouded in mystery, he sets his consummate manservant to the task of investigating further. This time, however, Sebastian must call upon one of the more infamously wicked skills of his kind to solve the puzzle. As he stalks his vulnerable prey in the shadows of the fairgrounds, is his young master prepared for where the ill-gotten gains of his butler's methods will lead?

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Title: Black Butler Vol. 8
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2012 (2009)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


When one curtain falls upon the big top stage, another rises behind the scenes, as young Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his virtuoso butler, Sebastian, face off against the villain behind the missing children. But as Sebastian, under orders from his master, single-handedly draws the gruesome tale to its sad conclusion on one front, battle lines are drawn on another! With the masterless Phantomhive Manor under attack from the Noah's Ark Circus and Sebastian nowhere nearby to protect its inhabitants, is Ciel's home once again headed for the same tragedy that took the lives of the young earl's parents?


I am still having great fun with the Black Butler manga series. Sebastian is brilliant, and I do love it when he gets a bit 'evil' from time to time. I particularly enjoyed his clever seduction of the circus performer in volume seven. I have requested volumes 9 through 12 from the library, so I look forward to continuing the story soon.

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