Reign of the Seven Spellblades Volume 9 continues the momentum from the previous volume. As teams face off in a test of magical and sword prowess, there are plenty of surprises for readers. The larger revenge plot takes a back seat—for Oliver at least—as the professors try to find the killer. Each match keeps the excitement high. The battles showcase each person’s fortitude and the history of what made them that way. Reign of the Seven Spellblades Volume 9 maintains a quick pace through most of the story, building up to a looming threat.
Written by Bokuto Uno, illustrated by Ruria Miyuki, and translated by Andrew Cunningham, the story begins with the sadistic nurse healing Godfrey before Professor Demitrio and Theodore discuss the possibility that a student from one of the lower years murdered the two teachers. The Yen Press light novel keeps the action churning through before bringing readers down with some inessential fluff before raising the stakes again.
Reign of the Seven Spellblades Volume 9 Builds Characters in Tandem With Abilities
The entirety of the Reign of the Seven Spellblades series has some of the best magical worldbuilding. Using new aspects alongside characters helps the introductions flow smoothly. A prime example is during Horn’s fight with Valois. The story introduces a unique fencing style, Koutz, with Valois and uses her skill and warped morals to highlight her horrific upbringing. Sometimes, it’s difficult to remember these are young kids, and often, their behavior is a direct result of their childhood.
Valois is not the only one; readers also learn more about Professor Demitrio with his splinter, Yuri. It’s sad how idealistic and innocent children begin before adults come along and wreck things. Though many students appear one-dimensional at first, their back story helps round them out. But sometimes, the introduction to different characters’ pasts feels ill-timed. However, it’s easy to forgive because the story is so engaging. Reign of the Seven Spellblades Volume 9 maintains multiple characters, storylines, and conflicts while edging toward a future epic showdown.
Aliens Too? Oh, My
While the magical world has all manner of creatures, it’s fascinating that aliens are also coming to the fore in the series. With this turn of events, Kate is about to take center stage. After all, she believes that every creature deserves understanding and rights. It’s always great to see compelling stories explore philosophical and moralistic concepts while maintaining page-turning momentum. So, the next volume’s events appear set while the more significant conflict of Oliver’s vengeance stays in the shadows. Plus, it’ll be interesting to see how his vengeance meshes with that one of his targets is his friend’s father.
Reign of the Seven Spellblades Volume 9 keeps the reader’s favorites front and center in the battles while including the returned focus on the inner friend’s circle. Each battle kept the excitement flowing while leaving some room for uncertainty. It also toned down on some creepy relative crush aspects that previous volumes included. The world and characters are fascinating enough that those parts are unnecessary and hinder enjoyment. With magic, beasts, aliens, and a revenge plot at its center, Reign of the Seven Spellblades Volume 9 crafts excitement with each battle-filled page.