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Black Bird, Vol. 3 - Kanoko Sakurakouji 'Misao is the bride of prophecy whose blood gives power to the demon who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves - by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive...'

In this volume, Misao tries to find out exactly what would happen to her if she became Kyo's bride. Would she be spirited away? Would she have to give up everything and everyone else she has ever loved? Dun dun duuun. Also, Kazunoha, the kitsune, makes a return.

That's basically the plot arc for volume three. We're also introduced to Kensuke, who I (currently) absolutely adore. (I wonder if this will change... :o)

PRETTY MEN AND SPARKLES, YAY! More shoujo goodness to look at, mwahaha. (I'm such a fangirl when it comes to manga, seriously. OTL I'm also a bit more lenient with my star ratings.)

This volume kind of set the tone for the series to come, really. I mean, there's been violence and things in the previous two volumes, but nothing like what's in this one. However, despite the violence, I thought it was tastefully done. There was nothing gratuitous about it, and the art on the particular page I'm thinking of was really quite beautiful. You'll know it when you get there.

Despite the violence and darkness, there are also moments of humour in this volume as well. I found myself laughing out loud at a couple of points, in particular the moment when Misao shows her friends a 'photo' of Kyo and he's in an awful disguise. It strikes a good balance between light-heartedness and drama, I think.

It ended on a cliffhanger so I definitely want to pick up the next one. I'm really enjoying this series, as you can probably tell. :)