Rating: 1-5: 4.5
Genre: Horror, Adventure
What did you like about the book? This final volume in the Name of the Blade trilogy is the best of the three. The characters have matured; snarky dialog flows effortlessly, and favorite characters from the previous volumes reappear to help before the final showdown with the terrifying gods, Izanami and Izanagi. A side story features Mio’s lesbian best friend who may have finally found love in the form of Hikaru, a fox creature that can take on the characteristics of either gender at will. In all, this is a satisfying resolution to this series in which Mio, an Asian high school student in London was caught up in fighting gods, goddesses, and monsters from Japanese folklore with the help of a supernatural sword and her timeless soulmate, Shinobu.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The covers used in the European releases show the main characters in action poses that better represent the book than the covers for the American editions which are quite plain.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to high school aged fans of manga who would like to try a text-based story.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and high school libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with Supernatural or Adventure.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you enjoyed the previous books in the series.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 11/26/16