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Crescent Moon Volume 1: 06/15/08
My first break from Bleach is volume 1 of Crescent Moon by Haruko Iido.
As with any series with a large ensemble cast of characters, Crescent Moon takes a good chunk to introduce everyone and set the state. The prologue and first chapter go about introducing all the characters in a melodramatic and sometimes confusing fashion.
The heroine of the story is Mahiru Shiraishi who is a good luck charm for everyone except herself. She is also plagued by nightmares and visions of demons from an old song about an ill fated romance between a human princess and a demon.
Of course, this being a fantasy, the demons or as they call themselves Lunar Race are real and the desperately need Mahiru's help. She has to decide whether or not to help them and they have to prove to her that they aren't the evil creatures of the stories.
Misunderstandings abound and both sides have to learn to set aside deep seated prejudices if they are going work together.
I'm still on the fence with the series but I have volumes 2 and 3 on my to be read shelf. I will be reviewing both volumes later this year.