the eminence in shadow volume 1 light novel review

The Eminence in Shadow Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Eminence in Shadow Volume 1 by Daisuke Aizawa. 

Review is of the official English release from Yen On (Yen Press). 

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Japanese Title: 陰の実力者になりたくて! — “Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!”

Author: Daisuke Aizawa – 逢沢大介

Illustrator: Touzai – 東西

Publisher (English): Yen On (Yen Press)

Translator: Kristi Fernandez

Release Date (English): July 28, 2020

Publisher (Japan): Enterbrain

Release Date (Japan): November 2018

Volumes Released (Japan to Date):  3

Anime Series: None

Manga: Yes. Not Licensed for English Release


One big fat lie and a few twisted truths

Even in his past life, Cid’s dream wasn’t to become a protagonist or a fi nal boss. He’d rather lie low as a minor character until it’s prime time to reveal he’s a mastermind…or at least, do the next best thing-pretend to be one! And now that he’s been reborn into another world, he’s ready to set the perfect conditions to live out his dreams to the fullest. Armed with his overactive imagination, Cid jokingly recruits members to his organization and makes up a whole backstory about an evil cult that they need to take down. Well, as luck would have it, these imaginary adversaries turn out to be the real deal-and everyone knows the truth but him!