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Monday, May 14, 2012

It's Just Another Manga Monday: The Earl & The Fairy by Ayuko

Got the Monday blues? Need a remedy? Why not call a doctor? A Fairy Doctor.

Book Description:
Publication Date: March 6, 2012 | Series: Earl and the Fairy (Book 1)
Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T.
Lydia Carlton is a fairy doctor,one of the few people with the ability to see the magical creatures who share our world. During one of her rare trips to London to visit her father, Lydia’s quiet life is suddenly transformed when she is rescued from kidnappers by a mysterious young man!

Edgar Ashenbert claims to be descended from the human ruler of the fairy kingdom, and he urgently needs Lydia’s help to find and claim his birthright, the legendary sword of the Blue Knight Earl. Things will never be the same for Lydia as she is pulled into a dangerous quest against dark forces!

My Review:
This is a brand new shojo series published by Viz. Since it is the first volume, I will be interested to see how the story unfolds. There is a lot going on; fairies, magic, kidnapping, murder, a quest for an ancient sword. And at the heart of it all is Lydia Carlton, Fairy Doctor. I could not quite get a grasp on just exactly what a Fairy doctor would do or what the qualifications were for said profession, but near as I can tell, Lydia is kind of like an expert on all things fairy. She can see them as well. So while she is often found talking to magical creatures, her neighbors think she is talking to herself and so is to be avoided.
She is abducted by some thugs who want her to use her skills for some purpose. While in captivity, she encounters another captive named Edgar. He has been beaten up by the thugs and is planning an escape. He manipulates Lydia to leave with him. His motives are still unclear, but I presume we will find out more about him. He claims to be the descendant of the legendary Blue Knight who was a lord of the Fairy realm. In order to prove his claim, he is searching for the sword of the Blue Knight and he needs Lydia's help to find it. While he manipulated her to escape with him, once freed, she realizes she is now his captive. She agrees to assist him, but the question plaguing me is this. Is Edgar really who he says he is?

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