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Crimson Spell, Vol. 5

(Crimson Spell #5)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  623 ratings  ·  43 reviews
On his quest to find the one behind the curse on his sword, Vald manages to sneak into the empire's capital. His target is the greatest sorcerer in Zenedoura - Asterdol. However, in the midst of his search, Vald is captured by servants of the emperor. Fortunately for him, his capture brings an unexpected boon: the very sorcerer Vald is looking for comes straight to him! Wh ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by SuBLime (first published January 1st 2012)
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Anna Nesterovich
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Well. I hoped for so much more. I guess this volume is ok, on the same level as the first two, but... But there is this volume 3 Crimson Spell Bd. 3 by Ayano Yamane , which is perfect. So comparing everything with the third volume is very tempting, though maybe not exactly fair. Is there a chance Ms. Yamane makes every third volume much better than the rest? Then all I have to do is to wait for the next one. However, it seems it's going to be a long wait :( ...more
Since it's been a while since the last volume came out, I reread the first four volumes before reading this. I remember really liking this when I first read it; now I have to say that while it's good for what it's trying to be, I've read much better.. the art is nice to look at, but overall it never really grabbed me. Idk, in a way I get why it is as popular as it is, but in my heart that kind of series will never reach the top. ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, fantasy
There were a very choppy points that made me wonder if pages had been accidentally omitted (like when Mars coincidentally(?) shows up at the graveyard the Vald and Havi happened to take refuge in, carrying a wreath, but on the next page they're in a street sans wreath and it's never mentioned who he was going to the grave of).

Other than that, a pretty strong installment in terms of advancing the larger story arc. They are finally starting to learn more about the mostly-off-page bad guy who curse
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
This takes a bit of a turn for the confusing with the new characters.
So after the break up in the last volume Havi and Val are back together again, because pretty art and boy sex is what sells this manga, we mustn't tinker too much with the selling factor. There is some cross-dressing, everybody attempts to ignored that Havi and Val are having hot, dirty sex and random monster try to attack Val so Havi can rescue him and they can soulfully look into each other's eyes and kiss.

The manga as a whole is losing some steam but the pretty art and hot sex persist.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another fine entry in the series with all the usual delights - eyecandy galore and amusing bits (I almost spewed my coffee over Halvir's protection of Vald's "chastity." Hahahahaha!). I even sense that we could be approaching the end of the story *gasp* don't worry, I'm sure it won't actually be out in English for ages to come. ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This volume features the cutest moment ever between Vald and Halvir. The prince finally realize that he needs the sorcerer at his side and what a good team they made.

Now on the negative side I could have done without the whole “Vald almost get rape, not once but twice”, I though this series was better than this horrible yaoi trope, guess I was wrong.

There is a new enemy that wants Vald demonic power, the sorcerer Asterdol. The moment the prince gets separated from Halvir, he gets stuck in a dime
Vol. 1-5 read in german. Overall rating of 3,2 stars.

It's pretty frustrating reading a manga series and having forgotten that is still not complete. Grrr.
So after 5 parts I can say that the story was looking pretty straight forward till it got more and more ... not confusing but spread out. I like the style in which the story is drawn especially how the artist drew Vald in his more demonic form. And well, the sex scenes. ;-)
Still I was a little disturbed with the overall lack of consent and the
Leila Anani
After the previous 4 volumes I found this one a teeny bit disappointing - I think a lot of it because of how much plot it crams in all at once, there's less room for romance or humour. Havi/Vald only have one love scene and it's very brief although I do so love Vald with wings, the artwork is gorgeous.

I think more than anything though I'm frustrated because this is the penultimate volume - so it leaves things very much in the air and despite being released in 2015, there is no hint of if or when
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Two non-con scenes in the one manga is just two too many. Also, this isn't the last volume? W H Y. I honestly don't know if I'll keep an eye out for number six.
Latoya Brower
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need endless amounts of Crimson Spell

I love it! This title is simply phenomenal and needs to be an anime. Are there anymore volumes after No. 5?
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sexy-times, manga
A little upsetting, but good.
Jacquie Stewart
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More please

Love the art and the story. This is one that I will come back to and notice things I didn't see the first time
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one too! Ack, only one more volume is out... OTL
Oct 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I though this series was on permanent hiatus for a while so I was thrilled to see this new volume out. I like both Yamane's series, but I absolutely love Havi in this series. He's well drawn all the time. I wish the wait in between each volume wasn't so long but you take what you can get right? I'm waiting once again for another installment. Maybe I'll go reread the series to take in the artwork again. ...more
Amanda Setasha Hall
To quote the author... There's plenty of fan service in this volume. xD LOL. ...more
The world of Crimson Spell has always been steeped in magic. But the mystical takes more and more time center stage until you’re not quite certain what is happening. People get plunged into dimensional rifts, sucked into dimensional portals; time bugs make their appearances although why they’re there is a bit of a mystery. Are they just great big magical tapeworms winding their way willy nilly through human lives or are they at the mercy of powerful sorcerers?

Vald gets in trouble, once more play
Online Eccentric Librarian
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, arc, manga

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The boys still looks prettier than the girls in Volume 5 of Crimson Spell, a guilty pleasure of love and lust published by Sublime. Beautiful illustrations and a humorous storyline continue to please - as Vald and Havi come to realize the true depths of their relationship.

Plot: Our intrepid group arrives at the Zenedoura empire - a strange place where ordinary people carry stones which imbue magic powers. But Vald soo
Judyth (Geeky Reading)
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

I don’t think I can give this series anything less than a four at this point. I’m also having a very hard time telling by cover which volume is which; the last four have been way too similar.

The serious plotline had been getting a little boring, even if the book was still enjoyable, but it was actually pretty exciting in this volume. There was only one, short smut scene in this volume, and it was near the beginning. Because then the group goes to meet the person in charge of the town, and Va
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vald, Havi, and the bizarre assortment of friends who accompany them manage to reach the capital of the empire. In a weird city where magic seems to be every day’s business, they face unexpected risks. Danger lies behind apparently innocent beings, and when Vald is captured and moved to a different dimension we discover that even those who seemed to be friends may be no such…
What can I say? I am so in love with this series. Every book I read makes me fall a little deeper for Vald and Havi. Their
Marie J
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
While I do love Yamane's work, I feel like this series is starting to drag a bit. Too many things happening at the same time so that it gets confusing.

Unlike "Viewfinder" in which the series is divided in arcs, this one is continuous so I think that's where I'm starting to lose interest.

I actually started to read the continuity (from Japan) and it does not seem to get better. The story seems to want to become even more convoluted and a bit too much on the plot while pushing the erotica elements
Kendra Lawrence
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this series, and I recommend it to any yaoi fan. In past volumes, the sex has been pretty explicit, but it was less so in volume five. I love that it is a fantasy (as in magic), series, and I can't wait for the next one. Vald and Havi are endearing together, and I like Rulca, too. The artwork is beautiful, and bear artwork means beautiful men. ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We finally get some answers (not a lot, but some) and get a glimpse of the evil "man behind the curtain". Seeing the ending in sight makes me very happy and sad. I really like reading about Vald and Havi's adventures. Not to mention all the smexy happy fun time. :D Also, I find demon!Vald incredibly adorable. The bonus story with him and Ruka, so cute! ...more
Xelca Grace
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've been following tis manga since two years ago, I think. Until now it still has me hooked. Though it may seem that the story's flow is slow, it makes up for the excitement and revelations in every chapter. Looking forward to the next volume. ...more
Tully Vincent
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Artwork wonderful. . . these boy are beautiful and hot. Glad Havi came to the rescue before this ended. . . now will he kick some butt or ?? The ending was a bit sudden/rushed in this one. I like the story but its really starting to meander a bit and hoping for a resolution soon.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am really loving this series. The characters are very well realized and I really like the plotting. I was able to read the first 5 books in the series pretty much one right after the other, but now I guess I'm going to have to wait until 2015 for the next one :/ ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe it ends here. Seriously Sublime, where's the rest? Please release more books because Vald is still a demon, Limris is Creeper #1 and Creeper #2, and Havi has yet to say those three magic words that all the boys want to hear. I demand more Crimson Spell! Please? ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Ayano Yamane (native name: やまねあやの) is one of Japan's most popular Boys' Love genre manga artist.
She debuted as a professional manga artist in 1996 and since then has published several BL series and illustrated many light novels. She is one of the top selling BL manga artists in Japan. Her most successful work is the Finder series.

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  • The Crimson Spell, Volume 1 (Crimson Spell, #1)
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