The Ancient Magus' Bride by Kore Yamazaki.
I gave this book ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5 stars, I loved it.
Chise Hatori is just an orphan, just an orphan who can see things other people can't. No one wanted her, her family shoved her back and forth until she somehow ended up in a strange auction house being sold to the highest bidder. The person who bought her has a strange outward appearance but he is very kind to her and even says he wants to marry her. Now she is in training to be a mage learning about all of the strange magic in the world around her.
I remember being interested when this title was announced for publication, but I was a bit on the fence about buying it. When I saw it in the store today I decided to flip through it a bit and I just knew I had to buy it.
Chise has a tragic back story that we don't know much about though it is being revealed in small pieces. Elias is a mysterious figure, he raises many questions and he is very adept at avoiding answering any of them. There are many magical beings in the world and Chise is a wonderful lens for the reader to learn about them.
I really enjoyed this first volume. It is very interesting subject matter and Chise very loveable. Elias is intriguing and all of the various magical beings, both good and bad, are well developed and designed. I highly recommend this series! It has a nice balance of humor and serious content. The art is wonderful and brings everything to life in an amazing way. The only downside is waiting 4 months for the next volume after the cliffhanger this one ended on!