5 stars · graphic novel · young adult



Fence, Volume 2

Volume 1

author : c.s. pacat

pages : [paperback] 112

favorite character : ALL OF THEM

summary :

Combines Issues #5-8.

Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place on the Kings Row fencing team, alongside sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama, to win the right to go up against his golden-boy half-brother.

Tryouts are well underway at King’s Row for a spot on the prodigious fencing team, and scrappy fencer Nicholas isn’t sure he’s going to make the grade in the face of surly upperclassmen, nearly impossibly odds, and his seemingly unstoppable roommate, the surly, sullen Seiji Katayama. It’ll take more than sheer determination to overcome a challenge this big!

From the superstar team of C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad comes the second volume of this acclaimed, dynamic series.

review :

This series is imPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN. All of the current issues are available on Hoopla, an app where you can borrow ebooks/graphic novels, and I borrowed Volume 2 maybe three seconds after I finished the first one.

Fence has so many great characters which makes things difficult when they’re all competing against each other. The competition to get onto the school’s fencing team (who knew fencing teams were SO SMALL) is really heating up now. Rivalries are forming. Rivalries are . . . attempting to form. I love how Nicholas continuously reminds people that he has a rivalry with Seiji while Seiji is on the side like “Stop, no, we don’t, calm down.”

The art is beautiful. The story is both funny and also sort of stressful because I want everyone to make the team and I know they can’t. The characters are so diverse and well-written, flawed and lovable. I suffered because I immediately wanted to read more issues after this volume but I’d run out of borrows on Hoopla. You cannot understand my pain.

Please, PLEASE read Fence because I know you’ll love it and then we can talk all about these stubbornly amazing boys.

5/5 stars


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