Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Spell of Desire, Vol. 1” as Want to Read:
Spell of Desire, Vol. 1
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Spell of Desire, Vol. 1

(Majo No Biyaku #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  726 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Kaoruko Mochizuki runs an herb shop in a small seaside town. One day, a mysterious man dressed in black named Kaname Hibiki enters her shop and reveals that Kaoruko is actually a witch. And what’s more, Kaoruko needs Kaname to help control her awakening power!

Among the shocking news that Kaname imparts is that Kaoruko’s mother is still alive and has entrusted Kaoruko with
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by VIZ Media (first published 2011)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Spell of Desire, Vol. 1, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Spell of Desire, Vol. 1

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.83  · 
Rating details
 ·  726 ratings  ·  78 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Spell of Desire, Vol. 1
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This wasn't bad or anything, but it just wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I thought this was a ~smutty~ manga, but this volume definitely is not and I don't care enough to carry on further into the series to find out if it ever gets there. Meh
Eleni Ouzouni (Life is Art)
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
3.5 to 5 stars!

Typical magical romance but with Interesting beginning and beautiful artwork!
Scott Roberts
The book cover is excellent. The story plot stands out for me because of the romance and magic spells that seems to charm the characters and the story itself. I give this book 5 stars.
Bhahaha I always love it when the two protagonists start off hating each other. Makes for a pretty funny manga.

Read #1
Started on March 8, 2017
Finished on March 11, 2017
2.5 stars

OMG, this manga... lmao. I actually think I enjoyed the concept in this one more because it is very witch aesthetic-based -- the female protagonist actually runs an herb/tea shop!!!! aka I want to retire and be her -- and it was a cute story in general because of that. But like... the male protag basically kisses her every on every. other. page. It wasn't even a subplot. The plot was let's make the main characters make out as much
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars

Cute but predictable read. Koko lives the life of a quiet herbalist until Kaname storms into her life. The Witch Queen's powerful magic has been dumped into Koko, who can't control her new powers - until a kiss from Kaname tames her restless power. Koko is sweet, the familiars are huggably cute, and Kaname is hawt (though occasionally awkwardly rendered). Great summer read!

Full review soon.
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
3.5 stars, really, but I'm willing to round up. The plot is building up to a really interesting, dark, paranormal fantasy, but I'm not pleased with how naive the main character is, or how easily she's led into certain situations. Perils of Pauline, I could do without.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
I really liked the artwork in this volume but the story was very boring. I was hoping it would be more smutty. It's only a five volume series so I will read all the volumes.
Online Eccentric Librarian
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, urban-fantasy, arc
More reviews at the Online Eccentric Librarian

More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog

After the end of Midnight Secretary, I was interested to see where mangaka Tomu Ohmi would go with her next title. With her newest series, Spell of Desire, a lot of her hallmarks are present: gentle main character, supernatural elements, brusk love interest, and a lot of reasons why they have to kiss. But there are differences as well: this time the female has the supernatural power, the setting is rural, and there are
I would love to do a voice-over for this book. It has amazing features of being a

Charming. Breath-taking. Enchanting. Book. The cutest PUPPY (aka DRAGONS) AND UNICORNS (Aka KITTIES)!!!!!!!!!!!

THE KITTIES. The animals (familiars) really do make this book that much more enjoyable. And there is also---

the kissing.....let the smexy-ness commence...

Usually, most shoujo manga----the love interest is *OH no, what’ll I do when he kisses me?!*

Even though as a reader, you may be internally
Judyth (Geeky Reading)
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, manga, for-review

[Read more at my blog, Geeky Reading!]

I think I was expecting something different with this book, but I still enjoyed it.

Kaoruko runs an herb shop, her grandmother has passed away and she hasn’t seen or heard of her mother since she was little. But then Kaname shows up, claiming to be a knight from her mother’s witch clan, here to protect her. Turns out her mother is a Witch Queen, of dark magic, and she’s pushed her powers onto her daughter while she hides away.

Kaoruko handles this with
Maria Shuffit
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I've been eyeballing this manga since it first arrived on my bookstore's shelf, but finally bought it recently. This is one of those books that I judged by its cover: looked intriguing, story sounded interesting and contained magic, which, as a fantasy reader, I loved, and it had gorgeous cover art!

In a lot of ways, this first volume delivered: it sets up a plotline involving witches, familiars, magic that the protagonist doesn't quite understand, etc. I'm happy to say that the artwork remains
Jessica (BookRockGoddess) Bolton
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr, 100-in-2017
I really like this graphic novel. This is going to be my new guilty pleasure!
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dedicated Series review coming soon! In the mean time, check out this vlog where I read the entire series!
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
The Black Witch Queen is missing, but before she disappeared she entrusted her powers to her daughter. Kaoruko is no witch though! Whenever these powers run rampant, they intoxicate everyone around her, and her only option is to seal them with a kiss. Specifically, Kaname's, the reserved knight who was sent to guard the Queen's interests. His kisses and intentions cause great confusion for Kaoruko, being a young woman who has never even dated. She is inexperienced, but she is independent, and ...more
Kaoruko runs a small herb shop that she inherited from her grandmother after she passed away. However her grandma failed to mention that she was a white witch and that Kaoruko's mother is alive and is a black witch that is also known as the witch queen. Since her mother has become too powerful she sealed herself away and transferred her power to her daughter who has no idea how to control it. That is where the dashing Kaname comes in to help her control her power and does so by kissing her.

Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading Midnight Secretary and finding out that not only did the mangaka have more mangas (and of the supernatural and josei bent!) I knew I was going to check them out. I ordered this on Friday and thanks to Amazon's deal with USPS I received it today. Today is Sunday. #modernlife

So the premise of this story is that the main character is the daughter of powerful witch. The hero shows up and tells her and of course she doesn't believe him. (But by the next chapter she accepts it. How
Holly Letson
I read this as scanslations, so I can read the VIZ volumes of the later volumes. Thanks go to Midnight Scans for scanslating these chapters.
This is a fun story. Kaoruko runs an herb/tea shoppe, and unbeknowst to her, she is a witch. Out of the blue one day, Kaname Hibiki pops into her life as a "protector", informing her that her neglectful mother is indeed the queen of the witches--a powerful user of black magic. Now, Kaoruku has to harness and
Dang, this is pretty. This is super pretty. Especially the witch queen's magic. Wow, is that pretty.

Story-wise, there's not much to say. It almost feels like a series of one shots centering around the same characters rather than an over arching plot. There's continuity, sure, but everything is neatly wrapped up by the end of the chapter.

I like this more than Midnight Secretary, probably because I like the characters a bit more.
Miss Susan
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
this cover is full of LIES

i mean honestly i picked this up because the illustration made me think ohmi was going to gender flip her midnight secretary dynamic and have the woman be the dommy powerful supernatural creature and i was hella curious how that'd go

the answer is: it does not

give me the manga about kaoruko's mom, it sounds like her story is more along the lines of what i was looking for

2.5 stars
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bad cliffhanger! No biscuit! But other than the evil cliffhanger, this is an incredibly cute series that I can see myself getting really hooked on. I love the characters (though my favorite is Kitty so far, cuz he's so beyond adorable), and the storyline is one of my favorite types. Can't wait to read more.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga-and-comics
The art is wonderful, but the story is really cliché. I quickly got tired of the spineless heroine and the pushy hero. The story didn't evolve past the heroine having sealed magic in her that attracts males to try and "take" her and the hero conveniently being able to kiss her to stop the effect. Rinse and repeat with several situations that have this happen.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
These were a quick enjoyable read. They are definitely rated mature for a reason as the magic these witches practice is essentially controlled by sex. The plot was a little predictable but lovely artwork and great characters help make up for it!
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I really enjoy Ohmi's work, especially her art. The plots are a little predictable, but since josei is basically shojo manga for adults that's not too surprising. I'm interested in seeing where this story is going. I might like it more than Midnight Secretary...
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty classic romance storyline. I hope the female character gets stronger as the series goes on. I liked it well enough to keep reading the series,but it's not my favorite. the plot is capable of a lot more,and I'm hoping it'll get there in later volumes
Coyora Dokusho
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually I like this one quite a lot.
Mary Claire
3.5 Nice start. Want to read more of this series.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
its cute but I'm just wondering when the rest is coming out?
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Waiting for the next book
Marie-Josee Larouche
This was really good. It was very refreshing for me to read something new. It was a light and interesting read that I really enjoyed. I will definitely be picking up the next volume for this soon!
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Peach Mermaid Vol. 1
  • Asahi-sempai's Favorite Vol. 1
  • Vampire Dormitory Vol. 1
  • Everlasting Love Vol. 1
  • Demon Love Spell, Vol. 1 (Ayakashi Koi Emaki, #1)
  • Demon Love Spell, Vol. 2 (Ayakashi Koi Emaki, #2)
  • Everlasting Love Vol. 2
  • Demon Love Spell, Vol. 3 (Ayakashi Koi Emaki, #3)
  • ひるなかの流星 1 [Hirunaka no Ryuusei 1]
  • 鬼滅の刃 4 [Kimetsu no Yaiba 4] (Kimetsu no Yaiba, #4)
  • 鬼滅の刃 3 [Kimetsu no Yaiba 3] (Kimetsu no Yaiba, #3)
  • 鬼滅の刃 5 [Kimetsu no Yaiba 5] (Kimetsu no Yaiba, #5)
  • Demon Love Spell, Vol. 4 (Ayakashi Koi Emaki, #4)
  • 鬼滅の刃 2 [Kimetsu no Yaiba 2] (Kimetsu no Yaiba, #2)
  • Demon Love Spell, Vol. 5 (Ayakashi Koi Emaki, #5)
  • My Androgynous Boyfriend Vol. 1
  • しまなみ誰そ彼 4 [Shimanami Tasogare 4]
  • Demon Love Spell, Vol. 6 (Ayakashi Koi Emaki, #6)
See similar books…
Name in native language: 大海とむ

Ohmi sensei's first volume was Kindan no Koi wo Shiyou.
Likes: monsters, red tea, stamps, and beautiful ladies

Blood type : B

Other books in the series

Majo No Biyaku (5 books)
  • Spell of Desire, Vol. 2
  • Spell of Desire, Vol. 3
  • Spell of Desire, Vol. 4
  • Spell of Desire, Vol. 5