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Fence, Vol. 4: Rivals

(Fence #13-16)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  4,190 ratings  ·  812 reviews
The team at King’s Row must face the school that defeated them in the fencing state championships last year, but first Nicholas and Seiji must learn to work together as a team...and maybe something more!


Just as Nicholas, Seiji and the fencing team at the prodigious Kings Row private school seem to be coming together, a deadly rival from their past stands in th
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by BOOM! Box
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Ri It's a new volume, with a new story. It continues on after the 12th issue, and is in the form of a graphic novel with chapters, as opposed to a TPB of…moreIt's a new volume, with a new story. It continues on after the 12th issue, and is in the form of a graphic novel with chapters, as opposed to a TPB of individually released issues.(less)
Ashley I don't know when/if there will be a fifth volume, but I started reading Fence: Striking Distance (the Fence novel) which starts immediately after Fen…moreI don't know when/if there will be a fifth volume, but I started reading Fence: Striking Distance (the Fence novel) which starts immediately after Fence: Rivals, so I would recommend reading that if you want more content or want to continue on with the series. I'm assuming that if there is a fifth volume it will probably take place after the two novels, but I could be wrong.(less)

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1.) Vol. 1 ★★★★★
2.) Vol. 2 ★★★★
3.) Vol. 3 ★★★★★

"I just want you to know Seiji already has a rival, and it’s me."

This volume really felt like a new start to this series! Tryouts are officially over, and we get to finally see Kings Row Boys School Fencing Team try to be a team! Up until this point, we have seen all of these players dueling one on one with each other, but in this installment we get to see them finally trying to work together, during their first practice mat
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought Check, Please was a slow burn but this is taking it to another level....
Mary S. R.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LGBT+ YA romance & sports fans
(4.5 ★’s) I’m just gonna come out and say it;
Seiji (ISTJ) + Nicholas (ESFP) ⤵
Basically A Match Made in the Heavens


I take it you’re probably pretty confused now and thinking wtf is that gibberish—so I’ll clarify. That four-letter combination is an MBTI personality type, the most popular of the typology systems applying the 8 Jungian cognitive functions of Carl Jung’s analytical psychology to divide people into 16 types—other systems include socionics (3 subtype
Lauren Lanz
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fence graphic novels never fail to put a smile on my face; the progressing friendships (especially between Seiji and Nicholas) are really fun to follow!

~★~ What is this Volume about? ~★~

The King's Row fencing team is preparing to face off against their greatest rivals--the school that beat them in championships last year. The boys are used to having one on one bouts, though for the first time, they'll have to play a team match. As friendships blossom and team spirits spark, King's Row become
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I surely missed these characters and I'm so happy I finally read this fourth volume in this comic book series. It was lovely to see Seiji come out of his shell just a little and embrace the fact that he's part of a team now. I know that he's very independent and he likes to do things his own way, but I'm sure he has a lot to gain and learn from his teammates as well. Seiji and Nicholas' friendship is definitely evolving, will we ever get to see the duck curtain in their room taken down? Only tim ...more
♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
Chapter 13: ★★★★★
Chapter 14: ★★★★★
Chapter 15: ★★★★★
Chapter 16: ★★★★★

This was the best volume yet. I want more! And I’ll always want more! I can honestly same and it’s rare to say this but I love all the characters, everyone from Nicholas to Dante. This series just continues to get better and better.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I’m in love with this story.
I can’t wait for fence: striking distance to come out.
Nicholas and Seiji are so cute together. They went from enemies to friends and I hope we get to see them as something more.
I love the character design and the storyline is everything.

The characters are all so lovable and their ambitions are admirable.

But, what I loved about this volume in particular is how Seiji helped Nicholas with his fencing. He helped him hit the tennis ball and corrected his form. This is my
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Was I living under a rock to let this slip?????
Who am I?????? Time to question my life all over again.

Also me: Drama queen, go find this volume and read it like your life depends on it.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MY HEART IS SO FULL, THESE DUMB SMITTEN KITTENS ARE BEAUTIFUL (I love the creators for offering all my favorite tropes!!!!!!)

And is this really the end of the graphic novel series :( Not sure if I want to read the prose novels they're doing.


*Book 4 for the Graphics A Thon!
Dave Schaafsma
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-glbt, gn-sports, gn-ya
The fourth volume of this fencing comics series focused on high level, elite competition and some underlying romantic intrigues, though the romance is less central in this short volume. The focus here is on a team match with a rival school. The key characters here are Seiji, one of the best players of his age anywhere, and Nicholas, an outsider (and friend) who is learning fast. There must have been criticism by fencing afficionados of the earlier volumes, because in this one the attention to te ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
☆ 3.5 / 5 ☆

Fence, Vol.1 : 3.5 / 5
Fence, Vol.2 : 4 / 5
Fence, Vol.3 : 4 / 5

I feel like Fence’s pacing always has ups and downs. This volume starts out with Jesse and Seji’s intense rivalry but when Kings Row faces their traditional rivals, that intensity is gone. It’s still fun and definitely something I feel invested in, but it’s not very consistent.

Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is AMAZING 😍😍
fra ☆
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the slowest of all slow burns AND I'M HERE FOR IT ...more
Larry H
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
We return to Kings Row Boys School for more adventures with the fencing team, in the fourth volume of the Fence graphic novel series.

When Volume 3 ended, the members of the fencing team were chosen. To no one's surprise, prodigy Seiji Katayama was selected, but much to his own shock, Nicholas was selected as one of two reserve team members. But when an old rival of Seiji's comes to visit and tries to encourage him to return to his old school, it makes him more determined than ever to stay at
Another cliffhanger?! Plz tell me there's another one coming... ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think I have an obsession with this. Who knew I would enjoy a graphic novel involving fencing so much?!
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars. Fence: Rivals continues the saga of a story that is literally a sports anime translated into graphic novel form. Not much to say than, I love the development this gave for a lot of our cast! The Kageyama-Hinata-esque dynamic between Seiji and Nicholas remains the highlight of this graphic novel series, but the supporting cast is never neglected and we love to see it!
ash | novelly rooted
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
the slow burn romance is killing me.... I need the next one, like rn.

4 stars.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
4.5 stars I guess

Okay that was actually a lot of fun and I feel like I'm suddenly in 2018 again
I don't know what really happened this time but I was just mostly bored ? It wasn't a bad issue, per se. I did have a good time reading it but I just didn't feel the same thrill as I did in the previous ones. The entire "making the team realise the importance of team spirit" seemed too predictable and cliche. Doesn't mean I am giving up on the series. I love these characters and the over all story. Just hopefully the next volume would be much more fun. ...more
These take way too long to come out and they are way too short give me the next one nowwww.

Seriously, it's so frustrating. I just binge re-read the first three volume as a refresher, and then went straight into this one, and it took me all of an hour, and then it was done, and now I have to wait. And I've been trained to wait since I was a wee-reader, but for some reason, waiting for this series is something that is very unpleasant. When is the next one coming out? Why is the storytelling pace s
zee reads
talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique...honestly the best fence volume so far that kind of made the year-long content drought totally worth it???

rivals gave me everything i could've asked for and more. i absolutely loved seeing these interesting and dynamic characters further develop and overcome their first challenge as a real team. the enemies to friends to lovers slow burn between nicholas and seiji makes me go feral and the const
(view spoiler) ...more
lu ☾
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
can we PLEASE let harvard and aiden kiss i am going CRAZY
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
You know what they say, a great teamwork makes the dream work. I loved it and as always I can’t wait for the next one and I’m so curious if the two couples that I ship will eventually happen, everything is so!!!! Insert endless eye heart emoji.
It's not like a lot happens in these comics aside from fencing, but I'm so invested! I could read these forever. Can't wait for the novel! ...more
bee  ❤︎
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
four stars! ❀ at this point i think i ship harvard and aiden more than i do nicholas and seiji 👀
Ben Howard
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I must be a masochist because this slow burn is killing me, but I love it so much.
me to me: savour this, you don't know how long it'll be till the next volume

also me to me: LET'S READ IT ALL IN ONE SITTING!!!

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C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an original web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin, and will be published worldwide in 2015.

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