Saturday, 2 November 2019

Book Reviews: Black Butler Vol. 24-28 by Yana Toboso (Fantasy/Manga)

Title: Black Butler Vol. 24
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2017 (2016)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


A mysterious cult mesmerises legions of spectators with glorious rituals of song and dance. But the unbridled passion it inspires in its followers gives Queen Victoria cause for concern, and she urges Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his expert butler, Sebastian, to do some digging. Ciel has his own reasons for taking this lot to task, but the discovery of the cult's penchant for blood means the Queen's watchdog must make an immediate move. And when Sebastian goes probing behind the stages and into the shadows, he's met by a girl standing in his way, her sword ready to meet him head on...

Title: Black Butler Vol. 25
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2018 (2017)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Sphere Music Hall, with its elaborate entertainments, has the denizens of London under its spell and at the mercy of its resident cult's nefarious motives. To snap the populace out of the trance, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his unparalleled butler Sebastian get down to business...literally! The young earl takes the fight right to the enemy's door by opening a music hall of his own. But as a new kind of battle gets under way on the stage, Othello, a fresh face from the Grim Reaper Dispatch, begins snooping around behind the curtains for reasons unknown...

Title: Black Butler Vol. 26
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2018 (2017)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


While Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his indomitable butler, Sebastian, are away on the trail of Blavat and the Blue Star Cult, the sound of gunshots echoes through the halls of their London townhouse. What chaos awaits master and servant upon their return home? And why is the young earl shaken to his core by the message left behind by the invader?

Title: Black Butler Vol. 27
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2019 (2018)
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Three years prior, on his tenth birthday, Earl Ciel Phantomhive lost everything...but he was not alone. From the attack on the Phantomhive manor to the moment the contract with a certain devil was made, Ciel starkly recounts all that has come to pass...leaving all who bear witness breathless!

Title: Black Butler
Author: Yana Toboso
Publisher:
Yen Press

Publication Date: 2019
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/Manga
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


The truth of what happened three years ago comes to light, as the past Ciel sought to erase is thrust back into his face. The revelations shake the Phantomhive manor to its foundations, and even Sebastian, the resident devil, can only look on in admiration at the consummate gamesmanship at play. The Phantomhive blood, it would seem, runs thick with the thirst for vengeance...


Wow! Things are certainly getting exciting. I love this manga so much. I was lucky, having only recently discovered it, to have been able to binge the books, anime, musicals, and films over the last three months. However, I am now caught up with everything and it's going to be a real drag having to wait for volume 29, with no publication date yet in sight as far as I can tell. Hopefully it will be next year, but the delay is going to seem like forever. Guess my only option until then is to keep going back to the beginning and starting again! Ah, Sebas-chan!!! :)



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