The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Volumes 3 & 4

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Volumes 3 & 4The Ancient Magus' Bride, Vol. 3 by Kore Yamazaki, Adrienne Beck
Series: The Ancient Magus' Bride #3
Published: December 1st 2015 by Seven Seas
Genres: Manga
Pages: 184
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift
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If you haven’t heard of The Ancient Magus’ Bride yet, you’ll want to check out my earlier reviews for the series.

Volume 3 of The Ancient Magus’ Bride begins with the confrontation that we left off on in the last book. Elias has to transform into his true form, which is monstrous and less humanoid than the form we’ve seen him in thus far. And this is the point where Chise surprises Elias, because she doesn’t mind him in that form, and isn’t terrified of him. It’s adorable. Chise learns more about the nature of her magic, and what it means to be a Sleigh Beggy.

This is the kind of interlude book where we aren’t necessarily seeing lots of dramatic action, but rather are getting character development and relationship-building. We get to learn more about Chise, and we see the backstory of her familiar Ruth. I loved every minute of it, and was sad to turn the last page and see that I had finished it. Then I had a momentary panic because I thought that this was the last one in the series that I had on my shelf, and was relieved to find that I had book 4 too!

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Volumes 3 & 4The Ancient Magus' Bride, Vol. 4 by Kore Yamazaki, Adrienne Beck
Series: The Ancient Magus' Bride #4
Published: April 12th 2016 by Seven Seas
Genres: Manga
Pages: 184
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift
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In Volume 4 of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, we return to the Dragon Aerie, where Chise visited in the first book, and pick up at the beginning of the story that Lindel is telling to Chise about Elias’ past. We see how he has evolved from a creature who is mostly monster to someone who has a foot in both the monster and the human worlds, and yet isn’t quite a part of either.

After seeing The Shape of Water, I’ve been having a lot of conversations with friends about how refreshing I find it when you have Beauty-and-the-Beast-esque stories where the monster is really a monster. And that’s something that I really enjoy about The Ancient Magus’ Bride so far. Elias isn’t human. Being a part of the human world is kind of like a game to him. He’s something otherworldy, and every time you see a cute moment with Chise, there’s another moment to remind you that he has no idea how to human. But as much as he claims to not understand human feelings, it’s very clear that he really does care about Chise, and misses her when she’s not around.

I adore this series, and can’t get enough of it.

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