Book Review: The Deadly Seven: Stories From The Black Parade

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Kyoko M. has done it again with her marvellous writing and storytelling.

I was sent a free digital copy (PDF format) of the book by the author, but I’ll also purchase a print copy of the book as soon as possible as I found The Deadly Seven to be a fantastic book! Before I continue, I must say that the cover for this collection is beautiful! It masterfully captures readers’ intrigue and they will want to pick the book up. And when they begin to read, they won’t want to put it down.

These stories take place between the two month period between The Black Parade’s chapters 15 and 16. There are twenty-one stories dealing with the seven deadly sins in three parts: Wrath, Pride, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Gluttony, and Envy. While I enjoyed reading from Jordan’s point of view in the The Black Parade, I had become curious about the other characters’ viewpoints as well, particularly Michael’s. It was with great joy and excitement that I discovered each story was from his perspective.

Each story has a humor and wit about them as the reader will discover more details surrounding Michael and Jordan’s relationship. In addition, there are even more subtle moments between the two.  Whether he’s kicking demons asses, playing a videogame, or walking through the park eating icecream with Jordan, readers will definitely get to know more about Michael’s personality, thoughts and feelings. Basically, you don’t want to mess with him and threaten the person he cares deeply about. You do that and that’s your ass. Like Jordan, Michael is a well fleshed out character and I could definitely see him, Jordan, and the other characters being brought to life on screen.

There’s also lots of action and the stories are well paced. They have their own beat and rhythm which flows smoothly from the first story to the last. Every story was great (you can read the first story Wrath here) but Greed III, Sloth II, and Pride III were amongst my favorites. The bonus story and the sneak peak were also enjoyable as well. I can not wait for the next installment in the She Who Fights Monsters.

If you can’t wait either, The Deadly Seven is definitely something to help satisfy your excitement!

5/5

 

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