Reading Level: Older Teen
Length: 176 pages
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: 7th volume in the Black Butler series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the seventh volume in the Black Butler series and it was amazingly entertaining. I just love this manga series and even after seven volumes it still feels fresh and interesting.
This volume continues where six left off. Sebastian and Ciel have infiltrated a circus in hopes of finding clues to the children who have gone missing in London. Their search leads them to a madman who is the Father of the circus. We also get a flashback into some events that happened with Ciel and his family when Ciel was much younger.
We keep getting tantalizing pieces of both Ciel’s past and Sebastian’s powers. We see a whole new interesting side to Sebastian in this volume. I love this piece by piece unveiling of these characters’ depths and abilities.
There are a load of interesting characters in here; each just as unique and slightly disturbed as the last. You just never know what the next page will hold, which is something I adore about this manga. Never the same scenes or plot devices used over and over.
The illustration and attention to detail remain amazing. I also really enjoy the author’s afterwards and comments at the end; they are very funny and add a lot to the story.
This story stops in the middle of this story arc again; we are all poised to see what happens when evil guys try to mess with Phantomhive’s hired help….apparently the Phantomhive staff wasn’t hired for their domestic abilities but for their other…properties.
Overall an absolutely thrilling and astonishing continuation of the Black Butler series. I love the characters, love the surprises, and just love how I can never predict how things are going to go. The illustration is top notch and the slow unveiling of the complex characters’ past is absolutely tantalizing. I highly recommend this manga to those who enjoy paranormal and/or historical manga. It is just so much fun and so entertaining to read.