Saturday, 28 September 2019

Book Review: Black Butler Volumes 9-12 by Yana Toboso (Fantasy/Manga)

Title: Black Butler Vol. 9
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2012 (2010)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Earl Ciel Phantomhive’s quietude is interrupted as Queen Victoria’s very own butlers commandeer Phantomhive Manor for a lavish banquet sanctioned by Her Majesty. Preparations for such an event are quick work in the hands of Sebastian, the house’s most able butler, but corralling the eminent guests may prove to be rather more of a challenge. For this dinner party is anything but festive, and as a stormy night batters the outside of the grand residence, a far more violent storm begins to unfurl within. And no one is safe from the havoc it will wreak—not even one seemingly impervious manservant...

Title: Black Butler Vol. 10
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2012 (2010)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


With his royally sanctioned dinner party a shambles and a murderer on the loose, Earl Ciel Phantomhive is a veritable prisoner in his own home, alongside those of his guests who still live. And in the most shocking of turns, the young earl now finds himself without his indispensible manservant, Sebastian. But as the mystery deepens, there arrives upon the young earl's doorstep an odd vicar, wearing an insolent smile and an Inverness cape that flaps and splashes behind him... Is this mysterious thirteenth guest the perpetrator of the crimes that have bloodied the halls of Phantomhive Manor?

Title: Black Butler Vol. 11
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2012 (2011)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Whispers turn into screaming headlines in Earl Ciel Phantomhive's morning paper as word of the dead being resurrected takes society by storm. But when the unsavoury details of the business reach Ciel's ear, he and his superlative butler, Sebastian, book themselves on a luxury liner to look into these alleged miracles and the "Aurora Society" conducting them. As the waters lap and crash all around the vessel, mysterious individuals gather under the banner of the "Phoenix." Ciel and Sebastian may be one step closer to the truth, but have they sealed their fates by conducting an investigation on what could easily become a floating coffin...?
 
Title: Black Butler Vol. 12
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2013 (2011)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


The decks of the Campania run red with blood when the corpses brought back to a semblance of life by the Aurora Society's "absolute salvation" turn on the ship's passengers in a ghoulish farce. With their investigation waylaid by this primitive struggle for survival, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his exceptional butler, Sebastian, are trapped at the mercy of both the unnatural and Mother Nature herself. For even as dead feet shuffle along the opulent decks of the luxury liner in search of living prey, in the distance there looms before the cursed vessel a massive iceberg that glows and crackles eerily in the gloom of night...


I am still thoroughly enjoying Black Butler as we head towards the middle of the series. I particularly enjoyed the 'murder house' arc and I look forward to seeing what is coming next on the Campania. Last night I watched (and loved) the live-action film. Plus, I have bought the DVDs of the anime and am keen to watch those soon!

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