Things seems to be going pretty smoothly right now.
As I mentioned in my last post, I took an unexpected trip to Barnes & Noble and got four books.
So far, I have covered one of those titles and three remain, though two of them I keeping for last because they came from a publisher that really disappointed me last month.
Today, I will be reviewing another one of those titles, which is called The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 2 by Kore Yamazaki.
As I have given a series synopsis in the previous post, I will not go over it again.
After Chise and Ainsworth finish up with their business at the cat kingdom and a bit of rest, the two head off to a place where there are rumors of a creature attacking people, so that they can determine whether or not the creature poses a threat.
However, when they get there, they learn that there is a much different threat and meet a person that Chise has only seen in the memories of those she met during the last incident.
I really liked this book.
Just like the previous volume, I was dragged into the story from within the first few pages.
As I mentioned in my review of that volume, I said that I have encountered a few books which I had a hard time getting into because of various reasons, and, yet again none of those problems seem to crop up here, which means that Kore still seems to be doing good job with the story, though that does not mean that it can become a dud within the next few volumes, or, even worse, near the end.
For now, I just hope that I do not have the same experience here that I got with D.N. Angel the closer I got to its end.
I also liked how the relationship between Chise and Ainsworth is developing. Seeing how this has been categorized as a romance story in a few place, like the volumes themselves, and places online that have pages for this series, I expect things to develop naturally between the two characters, unlike how the prince and princess in the Disney movies of old seem to fall in love at first sight.
Instead of trying to force things on Chise, though he did outright say that he is going to make Chise his wife in the previous volume, Ainsworth allows Chise to have her own freedom to do what she wants and is letting her take her time in getting to know him, while he gets to know her and teach her everything that he knows, as her master.
This how relationships of any kind, whether it be friendship or as something more serious, are formed. After all, no man is ever going to approach a woman to confess his undying love or date her without even getting to know her a bit, at least if he is a decent human being, since there are both males and females that focus too much on physical appearance, instead of trying to figure out who a person really is. I know that I would not even ask a girl out on a date before getting to know her and letting things run their natural course, thereby making it a possibility that I would want to spend the rest of my life with her.
Unfortunately, many of my elders and my female peers seem to not understand that men and women need to do things together to develop feelings for each other so that either the man or the woman would be comfortable enough to make the first move. You cannot expect a man to ask a girl out just because society expects men to do that, nor would a girl ask a man out just because nature favors it, seeing as those that survive the longest take matters into their own hands, instead of waiting for others to do it for them, because nature does not care whether we live or die.
Because of my disgust with that kind of thinking, it actually makes happy to see that Ainsworth are taking their sweet time.
While I have not heavily delved into works that were mainly categorized as romance, I have seen quite a bit of times in other books where things just seem to progress way too quickly.
For example, a girl could hate a boy's guts around the beginning of the book, but later on in that same book, and after going through some hardship together, she suddenly falls in love with that boy to the point where she would be nothing more than something similar to Kagome Higurashi, because she screams out his name or waits for him to rescue her.
Now, such a setup is not particularly bad when one is talking about a standalone work, but when it comes to a series, especially since some people do not seem to realize that not all works should ever receive a sequel, due to the fact that everything is neatly wrapped up at the end of the first book, this makes absolutely no sense at all. After all, the relationship should just keep being built upon throughout each book until the series finally ends.
Thankfully, nothing like that appears to occur in this series, though that does not mean that such problems will not surface.
The thing that I liked the most though were that a few things were explained.
Even though I do not expect the first one or two volumes to explain everything, as there needs to be some reason to keep following the series, it was nice that some things that I was wondering about were finally answered.
For example, when Chise tried performing magic in the last volume, Ainsworth seemed to show more concern than appreciation for what she did, as she is his apprentice and may become his wife. This puzzled me, because I was not too sure why Ainsworth would not be happy about with the performance, especially considering that a fellow magic user was deeply impressed by what Chise did.
Here, however, we learn more about sleigh beggy, like that they tend to die young and why.
After reading all this, it makes sense why Ainsworth was not too happy that Chise used magic, since he has shown concern for her, otherwise he would not done so, even more so if he had not spent as much money as he did to get her.
Seeing things like this suggest to me even more so that this might just be a worthy replacement for Pandora Hearts, as the author is doing what I expect them to do when writing a series.
If prose books were written in this manner, there would probably be much more high quality stories to read than there are, even if the ideas are not completely original.
Outside of those things, nothing much else really caught my, aside from the fact that Seven Seas still seems to be doing a good job on their end with these releases.
The fact that Chise and Ainsworth's relationship seems to be developing at a believable pace and things that I was wondering back in the previous volume were answered here made this a pretty enjoyable read.
Although I did like the book, there are some issues. However, seeing as I did not really notice anything particularly wrong, especially minor typos, nothing really comes to my mind.
As such, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that there was quite a bit to like and there were no major issues, this was definitely worth reading. I will hesitantly recommend this to fans of romance, because it does seem to be doing it right, though the work is still too new to be able to determine whether or not this really is a romance story, but this is definitely worth checking out, especially if you enjoyed the previous volume.
What are your thoughts on The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 2? Did you like or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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