Light Shining Upon Darkness by Hiroyuki Asada (US) - (Canada)
Tegmi Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 8
Finished: Mar. 2, 2012
First Published: 2006 Japan (Feb. 7, 2012 English)
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, manga, fantasy, science fiction
First sentence: "So that's it, huh?"
Publisher's Summary: "Lag arrives at the town of Lament determined to save the heart of his fallen hero, Gauche Suede. Gauche’s rebel organization, Reverse, may be hiding out in the town’s convent. To get in, Lag will have to use his wits, and he has no idea what—or who—awaits him there. Will this be Lag’s chance to fire his Letter Bullet and restore Gauche’s memories...or the end of his career as a Letter Bee?"
Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.
A heart-thumping, fast-paced, plot driven volume. This entry in the series had me flipping the pages as fast as I could read/take in each page. Events are full of emotion as the story gets back to the whole overall big picture, which hasn't been touched upon in recent volumes. We meet a new character who becomes emotionally involved in the story right away. The return of many familiar faces make for a good story with a final showdown between good and evil. Yet, questions arise as to whether the evil is really the enemy, sure there methods are despicable but do they stem from good intentions. Personally, my ethics state that the ends never vindicate the means, however this changes the viewpoint of certain characters. The question of Amberground's government's role in all this is once again brought up and this volume lets us know that we will once again be returning to Capitol City, where we've only been once before, in the next volume: "The Dead Letter Office". This volume keeps the story fresh and has me anxious for the next book. Still my favourite manga I'm reading at the moment.