Rummanah Aasi
It's Monday! I'm joining my blogging friend, Alison from Alison Can Read, on her manga meme Manga Mondays where bloggers can discuss manga we've read. I'm very much a newbie when it comes to manga and I like experimenting with different genres and series. Today I'll be reviewing the volume 7 of Black Butler.

Description (from Goodreads): Having successfully infiltrated the Noah’s Ark Circus in the guise of rookie performers, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his butler, Sebastian, set about gathering clues backstage as to the whereabouts of the missing children. But when a turn at a snooping puts Ciel on the trail of a man whose identity is shrouded in mystery, he sets his consummate manservant to the task of investigating further. This time, however, Sebastian must call upon one of the more infamously wicked skills of his kind to solve the puzzle. As he stalks his vulnerable prey in the shadows of the fairgrounds, is his young master prepared for where the ill-gotten gains of his butler’s methods will lead?

Review: Out of all the Black Butler volumes that I've read, volume 7 is the darkest and most disturbing. Picking up exactly where we left off in the last volume, Ciel and Sebastian have entered the circus and begin looking for clues that will help them find orphan children that have suddenly vanished. We quickly discover the sinister intention and evil behind the circus. We meet the circus headmaster who is incredibly twisted and completely obsessed with perfection and beauty. He's got more surgery done than Joan Rivers. 
  In a flashback we get a glimpse at the Phamtomhive's family history and the horror that Ciel went through as a child. Despite their aristocratic appearance, there is something shady about them. Toboso still keeps the death of the family a mystery. Sebastian still proves that though he may help out to do the honorable thing in helping Ciel, he is not all that noble and will use any means necessary to get what he wants.Unfortunately, the circus story arc doesn't end in this volume and is to be continued in volume 8 which I don't have at the moment and will have to get soon.

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: Disturbing images, strong violence, an allusion to sex, and language. Rated OT+ for Older Teens.

If you like this book try: Blue Exorcist series by Kazue Kato, Soul Eater series by Atsushi Ohkubo
2 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    Hahahaha more surgery than Joan Rivers! I didn't even know that was possible:) This whole circus element I find really interesting - there's just something inherently creepy about a circus I think, even though it's meant to be fun and entertaining and mostly for children. Looking forward to your thoughts on the next volume Rummanah!


  2. Sorry it took me so long to comment. Dark and disturbing sounds like music to my ears. I'm more and more interested in this series. The name Toboso makes me think of Tabasco.


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