Saturday, 5 October 2019

Book Reviews: Black Butler Vol. 13-18 by Yana Toboso (Fantasy/Manga)

Title: Black Butler Vol. 13
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

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

 


His betrothed's unexpected skill with a sword having narrowly saved him from a gory fate at the gnashing jaws of the undead, Earl Ciel Phantomhive, along with his intrepid butler, Sebastian, fights to see another day aboard the doomed Campania. But as they draw nearer to the heart of the Aurora Society's scheme to reanimate the dead, the pair are met by the beautiful young "Kaiser," who holds all the keys to this mystery in the palm of his gloved hand, platinum blond locks fluttering in his wake...

Title: Black Butler Vol. 14
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2013 (2012)
Pages:
192
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


The veil of mystery cast over the Aurora Society’s “absolute salvation” is torn away, and the true mastermind behind the scheme steps forward at long last. In the ensuing battle, Earl Ciel Phantomhive looks on in horror as Sebastian, his infallible manservant, is struck down by the death scythe of an unforeseen combatant. Devil though he may be, even Sebastian is not immune to the blade of a reaper’s scythe. As Sebastian’s cinematic record spills forth, the tale of how a devil became a butler to a little lost lord flickers to life in shades of sepia, blood, and ash…
 
Title: Black Butler Vol. 15
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2013 (2012)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


When students fail to return home from an English boarding school that numbers several elite bloodlines among its student body, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his indomitable butler, Sebastian, infiltrate the lush grounds and stately halls of this distinguished house of learning at Her Majesty’s behest. The butler takes on the role of tutor, his master that of student–parts to which both are more than just a little accustomed. As their dorm lives of deceit begin, they turn their eyes upon the conspicuous and colourful waistcoats of the four school prefects, from whose attention nothing at the school escapes…

Title: Black Butler Vol. 16
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2014 (2013)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his invincible butler Sebastian may have succeeded in sneaking their way into the elite Weston College, but their investigation quickly hits a wall. To earn an audience with the headmaster, Ciel's only option is to attend the "Midnight Tea Party," an exclusive gathering hosted by the elusive head of the school. And the only way a lowly first-former like Ciel, earl or no, can land a seat at that table is by being elected the Most Valuable Player in the College's annual storied cricket tournament. Selected from each house, students in the springtime of youth battle it out among the wickets on the spring-green lawn. Will the usually unperturbed young earl be bowled over by this unexpected turn of events?!

Title: Black Butler Vol. 17
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2014 (2013)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Following the outcome of the annual cricket tourney and due in no small part to Sebastian, his uncommon butler, Earl Ciel Phantomhive has earned a seat at the Midnight Tea Party hosted by Weston's enigmatic headmaster. As moon-pale petals bloom on the lapels of the students who have been granted a place at the Midnight Tea Party, the man who holds all authority at the school reveals himself to his guests. Will his appearance shed light on the fate of the missing students,or conceal the path to truth in yet more darkness?

Title: Black Butler Vol. 18
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2014 (2014)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Their elaborate schoolroom deception at an end, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his peerless manservant, Sebastian, finally hit upon the truth behind the incident of the vanished students at Weston College. Just what tragic steps did the elites of the school, spurred on by their overwhelming sense of justice, take to stamp out the bullying with which the halls of their institution had run rife?! What began as a seemingly simple case of missing persons goes round and round, spinning out of control into a great menace, one capable of perplexing even a devil of a butler...


Still loving this series. I have particularly enjoyed the recent arcs aboard the Campania and at Weston College. Only ten more books to go, so I look forward to seeing how it all concludes. 4.5 stars from me overall for the series so far!

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