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Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics

(Courtney Crumrin #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,405 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Courtney Crumrin is back in a new adventure that pits her against the town's most powerful warlocks and witches, the Coven of Mystics! When the night things of Courtney's community start causing trouble, it's up to the girl to find out why. The coven blames the hobgoblin initially but quickly turns its ire to Skarrow, a night thing in service to the town's most reclusive w ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 19th 2003 by Oni Press (first published September 1st 2003)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This second volume in the Courtney Crumrin series is superior to its predecessor. It's atmospheric and creepy, and a bit sad underneath it all. Courtney is not remotely a sweet little girl. She's cranky and isolated from her peers. She has a devious nature. However, she's also decent and kind when she wants to be. She's so well drawn, her personality coming through loud and clear.

At first, I didn't like that the whole book is drawn/inked in black and white. I prefer color, but it suits the story
Seth T.
Sep 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who really wanted the first book to be good but was obviously disappointed...
Shelves: comics
Everything that the first book lacked, its sequel, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics provides in spades. Honestly, I had pretty small expectations after reading the first book, so one might attribute my enthusiasm here to the fact that even a mediocre book could possibly excite me. Still, I don't think that is the case here.

The Coven of Mystics was a joy to read. I smiled and laughed and, well... felt all the way through. This solves the greatest difficulty of the first book by weaving i
Reread 2019: Love it love it love it!!
Earlier review:
A whole lot darker than Volume 1, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics brings the series to a whole new level. The first book suffered a little from being a collection of short stories, when this second one is a lot stronger as a continuing story.

In this graphic novel, Courtney gets to know the magical community of Hillsborough, and she is not impressed. While the adults engage in their power struggles, the lives of innoce
Pardis Ahmadi
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I really loved this volume, i am beginning to feel for main characters, and it feels awesome that i have 5 more issues to read!
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoyed the First Volume of Courtney Crumrin's Adventures
Courtney Crumrin, that anti-social young would-be witch, whose adventures began in Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things , returns in this second installment of the series, which sees the narrative excitement of the story growing, and its emotional resonance deepening. Like the first title, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics contains the four individual comics that made-up this mini sub-series in the wider Courtney Crumrin story arc. Here we see Courtney confronting the terrifying mon ...more
Disclaimer: I received an ARC via Netgalley.
School is difficult at the best of times. For Courtney Crumrin, it’s even worse. Her teacher has got her number in more ways than one. And then, there’s something lurking in the forest, and it’s not just Butterworm and his brother Butterbug. It’s got bigger teeth.
Courtney Crumrin is at once both a girl’s answer to Harry Potter and Anakin Skywalker. The problem with Harry Potter is that even when he acted like a spoiled brat, you knew he was going to
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the darker tone of the book, plus the black and white illustrations just worked a lot better than the coloured ones of the first book I read.
I liked the introduction of Ms. Crisp. She provided much needed resistance to Courtney's overbearing persona.
I loved the monster designs, especially the Hobgoblin.
Pardis Ahmadi
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was super cute, specially the kitten parts
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Courtney's daily life continues to be full of rotten experiences, she feels estranged from most everyone, and feels little is to be learned from that world. She feels her time is better spent learning about the magical one. A good deal of time is also spent following the activities of her uncle Aloysius, providing us with a better view of this world, as well as the politics behind the witches council. It is the politics that drives the conflict which Courtney faces, as she tries to save one of t ...more
I certainly loved "Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics", the second installation in the Courtney Crumrin series. In this volume, Courtney's still adjusting to school life as well as studying under the wing of her uncle, but several strange occurances in the forest near her home prompt Courtney to investigate, and find another realm on her own, as well as an interesting companion. Yet things take a dark turn that involve Courtney's uncle, and it isn't without its share of heartache.

As per u
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
In which Courtney learns that the darkness which they might fight comes not from the Night Things so much as from humanity, and that while Uncle A is the badassesiest of all badasses, he is, alas, not indomitable against said darkness.

Courtney grows a bit - perhaps a bit more cynical, if that's possible, but also a bit wiser - and there's a fair bit of pathos involved.

And it's nice, though a bit sad, to see Aloysius' more fragile side.

The parents are mostly absent in this installment, which is a
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this was a bit more alleviating than the first volume. This volume seems to have what the first one was missing. A good footing on it's plot. I liked the storytelling more with this one and the characters have had enough growth and development just after a few issues. To Ted Naifeh's brilliance, he put all that into good use with the premise that he served in this one. It's wildly entertaining. Next volume it is then. ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I actually did not read the first Courtney Crumrin but i think this book works well as a stand alone book. Each chapter works well as both a short story and as part of the larger narrative which makes it a good book for reading a chapter a night. This and the graphic novel format make it a great book for reluctant readers. I would highly recommend this book for tween readers though there is a little bit of bad language.
Courtney's tales are getting darker and creepier, and it's completely awesome!

Now that Courtney is training to be a fully fledged witch, her eyes are open to new horrors - both of the human and inhuman variety. Horrible monsters attacking fellow witches are nothing to the political scheming and prejudiced hunting that the witches of the coven commit in their pursuit of power and desire.

Courtney Crumrin is dark, make no mistake. This grim faerie tale makes its mark not by the terrifying monsters
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-fantasy
This volume is a lot less fun with an extended cast pulled out of nowhere. The magic is more spectacular, but it's not enough to match the first volume overall. The focus is on grown-up wizards and witches who want to be use magic in the human world, a thing forbidden by their laws. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole story followed Courtney trying to help this creature called a Skarrow. He has been wrongly accused of cursing the most beautiful witch in the town, but he didn’t do it. Courtney is trying to help him and prove to the town that he’s innocent, but then the woman who was cursed doesn’t turn out to be on her side even though she loved the Skarrow. Triggered...
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Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

After reading the first volume, my main wish was for a more extended story arc, and this volume definitely delivered that. It was super emotional, too, and it just underlined how much of a badass Courtney is. She is quite clever, and manages to have thick skin while not being above expressing tender emotions.

I also love that as well as not taking any crap from the night creatures, she calls adults out on their BS.

Highly recommended witchy book!
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second volume in this series was much better than the first. Courtney just seemed to be written better, and the world of Night Things expanded and got some depth. Her adventures were both entertaining and had emotional punch to them. All in all a good book to read if you're in the mood for spooky and a sassy, old-man-stuck-in-a-middle-schooler's-body kinda character. ...more
I liked this second installment even more than the first. The storyline is strong throughout this volume. I'm glad there were less of the parents, and more of Uncle Al, along with the addition of Courtney's new teacher, Ms. Crisp, who is becoming a new favorite of mine. Definitely looking forward to the next installment. ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jeanette Griebel
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A very different kind of set of adventures. Reminds me a bit of Jim Hensons The Labyrinth. Lots of spooky creatures to be found, but the worst may not be the monsters that lurk in the forest near Courtney's new home. ...more
The Inked Reader
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade

Didn't like the first one. But thank the God of Books and Everything Delicious and at High Sugar Content I continued on because this middle-grade fantasy graphic novel gets better, gets spookier and gets all kinds of cool.
Elizabeth Mellen
I’m just not a huge fan of the art style, but the stories are cute and easy. Nice for spooky season without being too scary. Definitely a great one for kiddos who like spooky stuff, I’ll be letting my 7 year old read them now that I’m done
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love her relationship with her uncle.
Courtney is getting more powerful; and I think my favorite part was the cat's council!!
I felt bad for Hermia...I think she couldn't have done nothing even if she wanted, but I understand where Courtney was coming from.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series. Definitely recommend it to anyone who felt different growing up.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Actual rating: 4.5
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story, and in general I like the graphics too. It's a fun series and I'm looking forward to seeing it progress. ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ted Naifeh is an American comic book writer and artist who gained notoriety for his illustrations in the goth romance comic Gloomcookie. Naifeh has since become most known as the creator of the Eisner-Award-nominated series Courtney Crumrin, published by Oni Press.

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