Saturday, 12 October 2019

Book Reviews: Black Butler Vol. 19-23 by Yana Toboso (Fantasy/Manga)

Title: Black Butler Vol. 19
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2015 (2014)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


In accordance with the wishes of Queen Victoria, young Earl Ciel Phantomhive embarks on a jaunt to Germany with his elite butler, Sebastian, in tow. Gruesome and mysterious deaths are occurring on the continent, and along with the fear of contagion that permeates the air there are also rumors of witches and werewolves running amok. When Ciel's party heads right into the heart of a cursed forest where supernatural creatures are said to dwell, they run straight into a witch! In fact, several of them! And the village head is none other than a little girl who appears as though she's stepped out of a fairy tale?! 

Title: Black Butler Vol. 20
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2015 (2014)
Pages:
178
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


In the wilds of Germany, the servants of the Phantomhive house are at a loss when their master, Earl Ciel Phantomhive, is both mentally and physically debilitated by the curse of the Wolfman that roams the Werewolves' Forest. Ciel, his demeanour changed, casts aside his unfinished duties as Queen Victoria's royal watchdog and orders his consummate butler, Sebastian, to pack up for London at once! But as the household ponders the situation, none other than Her Majesty's man John Brown drops in on Sebastian bearing a royal letter. What new orders could the missive hold?

Title: Black Butler Vol. 21
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2015 (2014)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


With the helpful hand of his distinguished butler, Sebastian, Earl Ciel Phantomhive, once again with his wits about him, discovers the reality of both the Emerald Witch and the curse of the Wolfman that haunts a small village in the forests of Germany. On the orders of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, master and servant escort the young sheltered Emerald Witch, Lady Sullivan, beyond the doors of the Emerald Castle and into the outside world...only to find themselves right in the path of an oncoming German special forces attack?!

Title: Black Butler Vol. 22
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2016 (2015)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Revealing themselves to be wolves in sheep's clothing, the villagers of Wolfsschlucht nip ferociously at the heels of Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his entire household--indomitable butler Sebastian included. With aid coming from surprising corners, the company makes a quick getaway with the Emerald Witch in tow. But even as preparations are made and wounds rested for the passage to England and the inevitable meeting with the queen, word of the Undertaker stubbornly hangs over the proceedings...

Title: Black Butler Vol. 23
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2016
Pages:
168
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


In the heart of London stands Sphere Music Hall, a venue that enjoys immense popularity amongst the populace. However, the fervour with which its visitors return causes consternation in the mind of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, who suspects the organisation of cult practices and sends Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his impeccable butler, Sebastian, to infiltrate the hall. They are met with none other than the disgraced erstwhile prefects of Weston College and an otherworldly fortuneteller called Blavat, who takes one look at Sebastian and divines his true nature without faltering...!


I really enjoyed the German forest/werewolf ARC, and from the looks of it, this new Music Hall arc is going to be just as good. This series really goes from strength to strength. Can't wait to see how it will all end.



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