Title: Black Knight #1
Author: Kai Tsurugi
When Chris, prince of the kingdom of Aran, arrives at a mercenary training school, he has no idea what’s in store for him. Incognito, he’s there for some lessons in soldiering, but ends up with falling in love with Zeke, a fellow student. Until he met Chris, Zeke’s only goal was to earn the title of the Black Knight, but now he only wants to serve the young prince. As they journey back to Chris’ home after his father is poisoned, plots start to swirl about them. Will they make it back to Aran alive?
This book was so disappointing! I found it rather slow paced, and it was difficult to keep my attention on the pages. I had pretty much given up on yaoi, because I can’t think of one title that I have enjoyed, but the setting in this one caught my eye. Soldiers, uniforms, sword fighting, how could it go wrong? Hmmm, let’s see – first off, I didn’t find the romance between the characters very convincing. It was too rushed. Second, I found the overall story boring. The plot is presented in such a dry, emotionless way, that it’s hard to become caught up in the story.
The art wasn’t bad, with some decent action scenes, but overall, I thought the panels were a little cluttered.