Series: The Earl and The Fairy #2
Published by VIZ Media LLC on June 5th 2012
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 and his small band must travel to the Isle of Manan, once home to the Blue Knight Earl. But the island is surrounded by merfolk, whose tragic songs cause rough seas and shipwrecks. And even if Edgar and his companions reach the island, they face death if it turns out he isn’t a true heir to the Earl...
In the second volume of The Earl and the Fairy, the plot has thickened. It is boiling over as readers discover the truth, or maybe it is a partial truth (hey, it’s Edgar, so you never know), about Edgar, Raven and Ermine. About their horrific past and the tribulations that they had to overcome. But something just isn’t right. Who is Prince that they all keep referring to? As our characters fight to solve the riddle surround the Merrow Star, newly formed friendship are tested. And possible heartbreak is around the corner.
The big mystery of the Merrow Star has really come to the forefront in this installment. Some characters are now singing a different tune, going from ‘nah, it couldn’t exist’ to ‘it will be MINE!’ in a very short period of time. Sadly, I am finding it really strange to keep up with some of the plot threads going on here. In more than a few ways, it seems like our characters’ true colors are starting to shine. Some for the better… some not so much. Lydia is possibly the only main character who may be true. Edgar, again, is constantly changing. What are his true motives? How does everything we have discovered thus far fit into the overall picture? I guess time will tell.
The Earl and the Fairy, Volume 2 deviates from what I was expecting. In most mangas, the story arc lasts for quite a few volumes. But not The Earl and the Fairy. The big mystery surrounding the Merrow Star has been resolved. Edgar has seemingly gotten what he wanted. Lydia has been reunited with her father. All the pieces of this arc seem to be over. What comes next? I really could not say. My only real hope is that The Earl and the Fairy does not turn into an episodic manga. A mystery that is solved in one or two volumes and then on to the next. If it does, then The Earl and the Fairy and I may not really ever get a chance to know one another. But I am secretly holding out hope that there is something bigger around the corner that will give us a bigger picture for the plot of the manga. Crossing my fingers.