Series: The Earl and The Fairy #3
Published by VIZ Media LLC on September 4th 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!
Lydia and Edgar have returned to London after their adventure on the Isle of Manan. But life in the capital is no respite for the weary travelers. A being called the Fogman stalks the night streets, snatching children all around town. And it may have something to do with Edgar’s dark past…
After the crazy amount action of the first two volumes of The Earl and the Fairy, my guess before reading the third volume would be that this installment would take things a bit slower. Have a small investigation. Maybe get to know the characters better. Nothing too over the top for this installment.
I was wrong.
The Earl and the Fairy, Volume 3 brings readers to London. Lydia is now in Edgar's employ as his personal Fairy Doctor. Edgar, being himself, is the toast of the London crowd. Young, handsome, and eligible? What girl would not want to set her cap for him? Beneath the lighter side of Volume 3, The Earl and the Fairy has plenty of meat on its bones. The plot grows thicker as we discover more about Edgar's past.
Edgar was already a complex character prior to this installment, and now, wow, I am not sure what I think about him. One moment he is carefree and flirty, the next haunted. With all these personality changes, I do not know what to think about him. Who is he really? What is his true objective? Once the details get fleshed out more, I will probably be able to make a solid opinion.
One of my biggest fears going into The Earl and the Fairy, Volume 3 was that this series was going to turn episodic. One installment we have a bad guy. Bad gets defeated. Then next installment, new bad guy, and repeat. But, at this time, it seems as if those fears are not going to come true. Sure, the third installment introduces a new bad guy. However, this bad guys seems to play into Edgar's past more than anything, and was not the main focus of the tale. The Earl and the Fairy keeps getting better and better with each addition. I can't wait to see what happens next.