Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Nightschool: The Weirn Books, Volume 2

The first volume of this supernatural manga series by the author of the wonderful Dramacon books mainly served to set up the complex premise and supernatural world of the story. The main focus of the story is on teenage Alex, who is a weirn (a sort of witch who possesses a delightful kind of magical familiar called an astral).

Alex's sister, Sarah, had been hired to work at the Nightschool - a nighttime school for supernatural beings - but she has disappeared.  Not only that, but no one seems to recall Sarah's existence at all.  For some mysterious reason, not yet revealed, it was necessary to keep Alex apart from others, so Alex was home schooled, taught by her sister, who was her sole guardian.  In this second volume, Alex enrolls in the Nightschool in an effort to locate her sister. The more Alex investigates her Sarah's disappearance, the more she discovers what a mysterious and amazing place the Nightschool is.  But her search is sidetracked by the actual realities of being a student there.

Meanwhile, the hunters are trying to find a way to save their comrades who were attacked in the first book.  This storyline is still a bit unclear - as far as who exactly the hunters are, and what their purpose is.  The story ends on cliffhanger, but don't worry - Volume 3 has already been published, so there won't be any frustrating wait.

I continue to enjoy this series and find the mix of action/adventure, mysterious atmosphere, and laugh-out-loud humor to be a perfect combination.  My 13-year-old daughter is enjoying the series too, and it's so fun to hear her hoot with laughter as she reads through the books.  This would be a great fit for fans of Gunnerkrigg Court and the graphic novels of Faith Erin Hicks.  Can't wait to read the next volume!

Books in the Nightschool: The Weirn Books series:
Nightschool: Volume 1
Nightschool: Volume 2
Nightschool: Volume 3
Nightschool: Volume 4
Nightschool: Volume 5

Also by Svetlana Chmakova:

Nightschool: The Weirn Books, Volume 2 by Svetlana Chmakova (Yen Press, 2009)


  1. I loved vol. 1 of this but that's all I've read. Now that there are 5, I'll have to get a move on with it; I just loved the concept and the art!

  2. Nicola - If you loved #1, you'll be pleased with this one. I love the artwork, too! I'll be looking forward to reading your reviews when you get to the rest of the series.


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