The Ancient Magus' Bride vol 2 by Kore Yamazaki
I gave this book ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5 stars, I loved it.
This is a review for the second volume in a series. As such there will be spoilers for the first volume in this review. If you wish to read my review of the first volume you can find it here.
Chise Hatori was just an unwanted orphan shoved around from relative to relative her whole life until she ended up being auctioned off the the highest bidder. The man who purchased Chise is very kind to her though his outward appearance is unusual. He gives her gifts, teaches her to be a mage and promises to take care of her but there may be something lurking in the shadows.
This volume continues the journey Chise makes into a new world. A world of magic, fae, alchemy, mystery and danger. Chise continues to encounter many new and amazing things as she lives her life with Elias. She is learning to use her power and learning about her own unique abilities. Being a Sleigh Beggy means she has access to great amounts of magical power but there is a cost to using it. After each use she sleeps for days at a time to recover. Elias knows that it could be even more dangerous to use her powers and he is attempting to find a way to prevent the worst case scenario.
This volume features new adventures and new kinds of supernatural beings to learn about. Chise encounters mythical fae, spriggans, black dogs and alchemists. Each new encounter is interesting and keeps readers on their toes. Bits of Chise and Elias' pasts are being slowly revealed.
I am really enjoying this series. There is a great balance of mystery, supernatural lore, and daily life. Elias doesn't coddle Chise, he tells her the truth, he may not always volunteer all of the facts but he doesn't lie to her when she asks him questions. He is willing to let her attempt to do things on her own before offering assistance. He seems to have a dark past but he has many redeeming qualities and I just love the "bad guy trying to redeem himself" plot device.
This series is great. Honestly, the only downside to it is having to wait in between volumes. The characters are complex and they grow and change as the story goes on. The plot is rich, the details are wonderful, and the story flows. If you enjoy supernatural stories you should really give this one a chance.