Drawing on knowledge gained from his dream of a second life in another world, Arcus created the aethometer: a device that measures the essence of all magic. Now, he is finally ready to present his revolutionary invention to his nation’s premier magicians and military leaders. With the circle of trust containing the device’s earthshaking implications cast wider, how will the aethometer move to change Arcus’ fate and the fate of the world itself?
Others within the gentry are keeping a close eye on Arcus after his decisive actions on the marquess’ estate. Whether they are friend or foe remains to be seen—but subtle machinations rarely remain so for long when Arcus is involved.
Narrower in scope and less focused
Although Gamei Hitsuji gives us very little in new discoveries, this next installment broadens the political environment to give us a picture, albeit vague, of the relationships among empires. Many concepts we enjoyed from the first volume (ancient scriptures, side hobbies of our MC, mana cultivation) seem to get less attention to make room for a few new characters and explores a terrible consequence of using magic. The whole volume feels like a framing device that connects us to a great macro-mystery that is almost ready to present itself.
I will look forward to volume 3 with great hope and anticipation.