The Sacred Blacksmith

The Sacred Blacksmith

Paperback - 2013
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"Like her father and grandfather before her, Cecily Campbell has entered the noble ranks of the Knight Guard, sworn to protect the Independent Trade City of Housman. Now the time has come for Cecily to prove herself in battle. A veteran of the great Valbanill War goes berserk and Cecily confronts him with the prized sword she inherited from her father-- but it shatters to pieces! When a lone figure swoops to the rescue, an expert swordsman with a sword unlike any Cecily has ever seen, Luke Ainsworth, a blacksmith of much renown, will forge a new sword for Cecily and join her down a path of magical adventure beyond her wildest dreams."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: [New York] : Seven Seas Entertainment : [Distributed by Macmillan], [2013]
ISBN: 9781937867324
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm.

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Mar 11, 2015

Look behind the absolutely gorgeous art, and you'll find a collection of poorly developed cliched characters, and a formulaic minimalist plot. On the other hand, if you're looking for a flashy RPG-oriented manga with plenty of fan service, this book will likely appeal. [Edit: both the plot and the characters improve later in the series when the romance begins.]

forbesrachel Jun 09, 2014

Cecily Campbell is a determined young woman, new to the Knight Guard. She takes great pride in her family's history and the noble cause of protecting innocent people. In her first real fight, her sword shatters, and she only survives when the mysterious stranger Luke Ainsworth steps in. His strange abilities, knowledge of demon pacts, and technique quickly convince Cecily that he is the one to make a sword for her. The Sacred Blacksmith as some interesting ideas, and delivers the story at a quick trot. It focuses on its action, with a side-serving of fanservice. So much so that it belittles the potentially strong character that Cecily could be. Hopefully this will change in later volumes once the plot gets rolling. So far the demons, and story are fairly generic Fantasy fare, but the art sets a high standard. With all the fanservice, this series will mostly appeal to boys, but because of some nudity, it is only appropriate for older teens.

The tagline compares this title to Fullmetal Alchemist and Final Fantasy. Whereas FMA is full of depth, strong themes, and a brilliantly conceived story, this is very shallow, and is no comparison in terms of quality. They do not even have a similar concept, and the same goes for Final Fantasy. There are much better Fantasy series out there that fans of these series can get. Pick up the Sacred Blacksmith only if you are interested in its own premise.

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