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Magus of the Library, Vol. 1

(Magus of the Library #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,113 ratings  ·  176 reviews
The Magic of the Written Word

In the small village of Amun lives a poor boy named Theo. Theo adores books, but because of his pointed ears and impoverished life, he isn't allowed to use the village library. As he endures the prejudice and hatred of the village, he dreams of going where such things don't exist: Aftzaak, City of Books. But one day, Theo chances to meet a Kafn
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Kodansha Comics (first published April 6th 2018)
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F.D. Gross
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
"To protect a text is to protect the world itself." "If you but learn to unlock the secrets of books, you can carry yourself to any place you wish to go." "Books have the ability to completely change your life. To change anyone's life. It's an incredible power."

The quotes from Magus of the Library says it all. Sets the tone. For a manga, this was truly an inspiring and astonishing read into the graphic novel era. A little kid coming of age story, where all he dreams about is getting the chance t
Katie Florida
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a chance I'm only rating this 5 stars because it's about a magical group of librarians who are highly revered and change the world through the power of books and empowering young readers... I unashamedly loved this. ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: otaku-usa
What's this I hear about a library?

So Magus of the Library is the story of an elf-like boy named Theo who loves books, but because he's poor and different from everyone else, he's not allowed to use the local library. He loves adventure stories and dreams of one day meeting a hero like the pirate in his favorite book to take him away. Cue the magical librarians known as the Kafna coming to his backwater village in search of a magical tome.

The art in this is pretty nice. There are some pages that
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
‘Protecting a book is like protecting the world.’


This manga has the MOST beautifully intricate and exquisite artwork I have ever seen!!

And the story is FABULOUS!

One of my new faves ever!

Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed stories about books and the love of learning, and this manga is one best I've read this year about it.

This is a story of how the love of reading empowers a young, shunned boy to rise from meager means, and how the tale of a swashbuckling buccaneer is going to heal a world still reeling, several generations after a massive war.

This manga is beautifully illustrated, and the author is more than capable of drawing emotions out of a simple scene, even if it's an unrequited love fo
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, manga, fantasy
Well, I need the second volume of this series now. :)

Magus of the Library is about a young child who loves books. His sister works hard to get the money to send him to school, which he attends religiously even though his long ears mark him as not human, and thus a wholly acceptable target of abuse from everyone in the town. He lives in the slums, is suspected of crime at every turn, and is forbidden access to the library in town, even though it's supposed to be for everyone. But he has a few fri
Annie (Putt)
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
So, firstly, as a bookwyrm and a librarian, this book hit me hard. I felt like I could relate the main character while also I have seen kids and teens like him and seeing that love of reading and exploring makes me so happy.

I love the plot. I felt like the story was super defined and easy to follow. It didn't meander and it really felt like every page added to the story somehow. The plot wasn't suddenly changed for the sake of surprise or "hey look this was actually what the plot was the whole t
Full review [here].

If it weren't for the art, this would have 2 stars.

This first volume feels more like a prequel or an extended prologue than anything else. You could read the blurb above and feel like you read the story, honestly. Most of this first volume is spent waxing poetic about the inherent amazingness of books and librarians. I couldn’t decided whether I wanted to cringe or be flattered by the representation (since I am a librarian).

The magic system of this world isn’t given much of a
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The power of books shines through! Everyone deserves a chance to be the hero of their own story.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my new favorite manga series - beautiful artwork and a compelling fantasy story based on books and libraries!
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome manga.

It's been along time since I read a manga with such depth and details. I love the story and the art is so beautiful and very detailed (especially volume 2, it really took me by surprise of how much details the mangaka had showcased in it).

Also the release by Kodansha is very beautiful. I only wish they would release it every 2 months though.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was awesome! What else would one expect from a fan of books regarding a story about the power of books, right? I will say this clearly hits many favorite spots for me... Still, it is a really awesome story with interesting characters and amazingly detailed and beautiful art. There are so many great messages tucked inside, some more obvious than others.
Natalie S
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I almost wanted to give a 4, but it is only the beginning and I'd like to see where it goes. So far I really appreciate and enjoy the concept of the story, but I would prefer following a more mature main character. I guess we shall see as the story continues. ...more
Elise  - ABook&ACup
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super intriguing and so much book love!
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so cute, fluffy and so nice! For people like me who really love reading, his is the manga for you!
Excellent! Great story and amazing illustrations.
Jacki ♡
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cried at least once every chapter, sometimes I sobbed out my heart. Bye
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this manga. I’m not your typical manga reader. I’m 57 and a young nerd at heart. Theo just grabbed my heart being the bullied kid. Cant wait to read more!
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very cute beginning! I highly appreciated the informative part about book restoration : most of it was quite accurate.
Sedona is also a very fun character, and I loved her relationship to books and what she wanted to give to Shio. :)
Megan Wagner
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The story is horribly exciting (yet, anyway) but the artwork is beautiful I definitely want to read more.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Theo, an outsider in his village, meets the Librarians and has an adventure of his own.

I was surprised that I didn't love this - it's got book worship, libraries as vastly important works, and magic. And while I enjoyed the idea of it, the actual writing is a bit boring. There are vast info dumps of entire pages of information about book restoration, why books are only one form of texts, and the different types of Librarians (some of whom can apparently do magic). And all of that information int
Anthony Chan
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MAGIC LIBRARIANS MY KINDREDS!!!!!!! this is a must read for bibliophiles! this manga gives me Magi: the Labyrinth of Magic (my eternal jam) and A Bride's Story vibes mixed into one. i know i'm about to cry when Theo finally gets to Aftzaak, City of Books!! CITY OF BOOKS!? FUCK OUTTA HERE GAAAH!! consider my feels officially and thoroughly hijacked by this series. i'm already a quarter into volume 2. ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have a hard time rating this. The art can be beautiful and detailed at times, but it feels almost *too* detailed in certain scenes. And the book is very very text-heavy... I guess that makes sense as a book about books, but it was a bit much and off-putting at times.

As for the story, it has a certain hackneyed familiarity despite the care that’s been put into crafting this unique world...

Idk it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. Maybe it’s because I’m
Coming of the outstanding Witch Hat Atelier,
Chris Gifford
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Theo is different from others. He is a mix of two races that were at war with one another. Despite this his sister works many jobs so he can go to school. Where he is usually picked on by the other children. He does have one friend, she is the daughter of the custodian of the library. Her father will not let Theo in because he is poor and different. However because he loves to read she lets him in the library when her father is away.
Then the Librarian's called Kafna come to town looking for a
John Wiswell
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Theo is a half-elf boy who just wants to read. If he could, he’d spend his whole life in the town library. But because of his poverty and ethnic status, he’s refused the right to check out even a single book. This is his story as he stands up to bullies and to the authorities of his town in pursuit of literacy. Stories have filled his head with the desire to be rescued by a hero and taken off on an adventure, but he’ll have to become his own. Even the magical librarians who visit his town, known ...more
Jojo Frost
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-gn
I can't express how much I enjoyed this manga. I love the art style; it is gorgeous and so detailed. I really like the characters' designs including the librarians uniforms (very stylish). The main character of the story is an adorable kid who is half human and half elf, and a lover of books. Because of his differences people treats him poorly, and he wish for a hero to whisk him away on an adventure just like in the books he reads. The librarians in the story all have unique personality, and th ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, fantasy, adventure
WOW. I am so surprised by how much I loved this. The art was obviously going to be amazing (some of the best I’ve seen especially in recent years, the detail is ASTOUNDING) but I had no idea I’d enjoy the story so much.

I expected it to be tropey and the text to be empty. There are some typical tropes (ex. Poor boy who is ostracized by his village rising to be a hero) but the way it is told makes it unique in conjunction with the plot and not as noticeable. It blends into the first book well at
Holly Rose
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Where do I begin? This manga basically encompasses every emotion I feel while reading a really well written and immersive book, because it's a /book/ about /books/! Even though the protagonist is only 6 during the main events of the novel, I felt I could instantly relate to and sympathize with him and a personal level. So, as the manga discusses the emotional power books have over their readers, how the really good ones seem to practically /push/ us into the story, I felt myself being pushed, ju ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was a pleasant surprise. I thought nothing can top 'Witch Hat Atelier'... and it doesn't.
However! Even though the story is not extraordinarily unique, I felt it still was effective, sweet and well written. The first volume shares some really interesting thoughts about books, people and the world. And this is where it shined imo.

The main character was very relatable, he resonated with me in a ways that I wouldn't have thought of at first. Very likeable protagonist so far, and it doesn'
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