English Light Novel Releases for February 2017

Another month, more light novels being released in English. Here are the light novels to look forward to reading in February 2017

February 2, 2017

The Faraway Paladin Volume 1

The Faraway Paladin Volume 1: The Boy in the City of the Dead

In a city of the dead, long since ruined and far from human civilization, lives a single human child. His name is Will, and he’s being raised by three undead: the hearty skeletal warrior, Blood; the graceful mummified priestess, Mary; and the crotchety spectral sorcerer, Gus. The three pour love into the boy, and teach him all they know. But one day, Will starts to wonder: “Who am I?”
Will must unravel the mysteries of this faraway dead man’s land, and unearth the secret pasts of the undead. He must learn the love and mercy of the good gods, and the bigotry and madness of the bad. And when he knows it all, the boy will take his first step on the path to becoming a Paladin.

“I promised you. It’s gonna take a while, but I’ll tell you everything. This is the story of the deaths of many heroes. It’s the story of how we died, and it’s the reason you grew up here.”

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Mixed Bathing in an Alternate Dimension

Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Volume 1: The Hero of the Unlimited Bath

“How am I supposed to fight with this?!” After being summoned into another dimension as one of the five heroes destined to defeat a demon lord, Toya Hojo awakens his hero power only to discover that… it’s an unlimited bath?

He was blessed with the power to create a bath that can be accessed anywhere, which seems to spell doom for his quest to defeat the demon lord. As he recovers from his shock, Toya slowly discovers the unique features of his power, which allow him to use it in ways he’d never dreamed of…

But will he ever get any bath time with Haruno Shinonome, the beautiful girl who was also summoned along with him?!

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February 21, 2017

Sword Oratoria Volume 2

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Volume 2

A room bathed in crimson red blood, the air choked with the smell of iron, and a shattered skull atop a dead adventurers corpse…

Thanks to Aiz and crew, the tumultuous events of Monsterphilia ended without incident, and they were finally able to relax-but only for a moment. Soon, they find themselves embroiled in a suspicious case of murder. As they begin to investigate, the ladies soon realize that they’re getting involved with a killer that’s more horrifying than they thought.

“What, is this…?”

In the midst of all this, they find a mysterious jewel that may connect to everything else. These events taking place above and below the surface will rock Orario to its core as the darkness lurking in the city bursts forth!

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Psycome Volume 3

As the final exams for parole draw near, suddenly a transfer student appears! And the newcomer is none other than Kyousuke’s little sister, Ayaka Kamiya! Ayaka could not be happier with this reunion but Kyousuke is terrified. What’s more, he soon finds out that for the sake of meeting her beloved brother, Ayaka committed attempted murder. Considering Ayaka’s mental state, Kyousuke resolves himself to protect her from the pack of killers he calls classmates. But, if someone, let’s say Renko, were to find out that Kyousuke’s most important ‘Ayaka’ is his sister, there’ll be hell to pay… Facing dangers left and right, Kyousuke will have to be more resourceful than ever to get himself-and his sister-out in one piece.

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A Certain Magical Index Volume 10

A Certain Magical Index Volume 10

Seven days have passed since the start of the Daihasei Festival, one of the biggest events of Academy City. Everyone is participating–Seiri Fukiyose is helping coordinate the games, Komoe Tsukuyomi dresses for the part as she cheers for her students, and of course, famous Mikoto Misaka is blowing away the competition. Even Kamijou has appearances!

But a shadow has fallen across the celebrations: The Croce di Pietro. This magical artifact threatens the livelihoods of everyone Kamijou holds dear so he dashes off to try and bring Academy City back from the brink. But Oriana Thompson, the magician known as Route Disturb, and the Roman Catholic Church are determined to bring the bastion of science to its knees. Kamijou is going to need all the help he can get-and some luck for once wouldn’t hurt!

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Konusuba God's Blessing on this Wonderful World Volume 1

Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Volume 1 Oh! My Useless Goddess

Game loving shut-in Kazuma Sato’s life as a young schoolboy in Japan abruptly comes to an early end…or at least it was supposed to. When he opens his eyes, though, he sees a beautiful goddess that offers him a once in an after-lifetime chance to be reborn in a parallel world. The catch is that the world is violent and threatened by a growing evil! Fortunately, he can choose any one thing to bring with him. So he chooses the goddess, Aqua! And so his adventure with his gorgeous companion begins–if he could just get enough money and food to survive, keep his goddess out of trouble, and avoid grabbing the attention of the Demon King’s army!

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February 25, 2017

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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 2

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Occultic;Nine Volume 2

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February 28, 2017

Bakemonogatari Volume 2

Synopsis not available yet.

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A Certain Magical Index Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel A Certain Magical Index Volume 1 by Kazuma Kamachi

Light Novel Information
TITLE: A Certain Magical Index Volume 1
AKA: Toaru Majutsu no Index, とある魔術の禁書目録
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): November 18, 2014
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2hs2R5S

From the back cover;

A certain unlikely hero…
Touma Kamijou has the worst luck imaginable… Sure he’s a citizen of Academy City, a scientific marvel of the modern world where superhuman abilities are artificially cultivated and commonplace, but when it comes to paranormal talent, Kamijou’s been classified a Level Zero-a loser, basically. Oh, he does have one trick up his sleeve (literally), but even that’s more trouble than it’s worth.
When Kamijou encounters a delusional young girl convinced she’s a nun and raving about being chased by evil sorcerers, he’s eager to send her on her way and get back to failing his studies. Fate, it would seem though, has other ideas, and he suddenly finds himself caught up in a supernatural intrigue with a girl named “Index” at the center!
Science and magic collide in this first volume of one of the most popular light novel series ever penned!

English Light Novel Releases for November 2016

So instead of just posting my weekly light novel reviews, I thought I’d also begin a regular series detailing the light novel releases for each month. These are of official English releases of light novels licensed from Japan.

November 1, 2016

Naruto: Itachi’s Story, Vol. 1: Daylight

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A new series of prose novels, straight from the worldwide Naruto franchise. Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in these fast-paced adventures, with each volume focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team…or villain.

Uchiha Itachi, four years of age. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu—Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…

Purchase Itachi’s Story Vol. 1 from Amazon.com

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria, Vol. 1

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Aiz Wallenstein, the Sword Princess, is known as one of the most powerful warriors from one of the most powerful groups in the city of Orario: Loki Familia. With them, she ventures into the deepest parts of the labyrinthine Dungeon beneath the city, stalking the monstrous denizens that lurk there and vanquishing them with the blazing light of her sword. But when she meets a certain white-haired boy, the encounter will change both of them forever…

Purchase Sword Oratoria Vol. 1 from Amazon.com

November 8, 2016

Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen Volume 3

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Not only Guren but his closest allies among the Imperial Demons have accepted forbidden power, and the merciless Hiragi Clan orders them to go after its once-favorite but treacherous daughter Mahiru. The vampires, however, are ready to show that no human faction stands a chance against them.

Christmas is finally here, an apocalyptic time of year for all good boys and girls.

Purchase Seraph of the End Vol. 3 from Amazon.com

November 15, 2016

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 9

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The Daihasei Festival–a huge athletics festival attended by every school in Academy City, where the superpowered students attending these institutions gather to compete in a wide variety of competitions. And of course, Touma Kamijou is participating. His terrible luck is still in full effect–he’s gnawed on by a famished Index, castigated by a representative of the festival management committee, and zapped mid-competition by none other than Mikoto Misaka. But Academy city’s about to have a much bigger problem–and her name is Oriana Thomson.

Purchase A Certain Magical Index Vol. 9 from Amazon.com

Durarara!!, Vol. 5

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Ikebukuro, Tokyo. All kinds of people are showing up to settle their scores with Izaya Orihara the information broker. A pair of foreigners who specialize in odd jobs. A runaway girl still looking for her Shizuo. A fellow dressed like a bartender who looks like he’s had better days. A womanizer set on getting his revenge against the Dollars. An underground doctor waiting for someone to come home. A class representative with a clueless classmate pal and a target on his back. And a headless rider who can’t help getting sucked into trouble. Question is, is this spring break something special, or is this just business as usual in Ikebukuro?

Purchase Durarara!! Vol. 5 from Amazon.com

Log Horizon, Vol. 6

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The unthinkable has happened–murder in the city of Akiba. The Libra Festival’s events have left Akatsuki dispirited. Despairing and confused, she wanders the city in search of the murderer and a chance to gain the power and recognition she craves–but feelings alone will not be enough. A new chapter in the Log Horizon epic begins!

Purchase Log Horizon Vol. 6 from Amazon.com

Re:ZERO, Vol. 2

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Breaking free of his death loop in the royal city, Subaru awakes in an opulent mansion, being tended to by the twin maids Ram and Rem. After sustaining terrible injuries, he has been taken to the home of the Margrave Roswaal, Emilia’s guardian. The two maids, along with the young librarian Beatrice, are the sole guardians of the mansion’s forbidden library, but their quiet, peaceful days come to a violent end when another cycle of death begins! Subaru is the only one who remembers the time he’s spent with the people he cares about, but will he be able to save them?

Purchase Re:Zero Vol. 2 from Amazon.com

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 3: Endurance

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It’s the master tactician of the ruthless Galactic Empire versus the Free Planets Alliance in Japan’s greatest space opera epic!

In the thirty-sixth century, humanity has conquered the galaxy and colonized countless star systems. The Galactic Empire, modeled along Prussian lines, and the democratic Free Planets Alliance are at war, and the fate of every human being in the universe hangs in the balance. This classic Japanese space opera, adapted into a legendary anime, is finally available in English for the first time.

A grand scheme for retaking Iserlohn is delivered to Reinhard, who with renewed determination seeks to become ruler of the galaxy and to fulfill the oath he made with a dear, departed friend. But what are the aims of Phezzan, the third force at work behind the scenes? Meanwhile, no sooner is Yang breathing a sigh of relief when Julian returns from his first combat mission than he is summoned to an inquest and departs for the capital of the alliance. As if waiting for this opportunity to strike, however, the imperial military’s fortress appears right at the gates of Iserlohn. The battle between two gigantic fortresses begins!

Purchase Legend of Galactic Heroes Vol. 3 from Amazon.com

November 22, 2016

The Isolator, Vol. 3: The Trancer

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Having successfully helped destroy two of the evil Ruby Eyes, Minoru, the Isolator, is recruited by the Syndicate, a secret organization dedicated to their eradication. He teams up with Suu Komura, the Refractor, a young girl said to be the Syndicate’s most powerful member, to attack a secret stronghold of the Ruby Eyes. Their target is the most fearsome opponent they’ve ever faced: the Liquidizer, but their enemy is not what they expected…

Purchase The Isolator Vol. 3 from Amazon.com

The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 06

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After their battle with Glass, Naofumi and the other heroes have a meeting with the queen and Naofumi is shocked to learn about the seven star heroes. Still reeling from this revelation, more drama unfolds on the islands before Naofumi and his party can return to Melromarc. He meets Rishia, who is betrayed by Itsuki and his party members. Naofumi sympathizes with her and invites her to join his party. Eventually, Naofumi discovers that she has a talent for magic, but before they can develop her powers, they are needed elsewhere. A massive monster bearing the appearance of a giant tortoise must be defeated. The monster is so powerful that even the mightiest adventurers cannot defeat him―so what hope is there for Naofumi?

Purchase The Rising of the Shield Hero Vol. 6 from Amazon.com