I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
If I hadn't seen and loved the first season of the anime, I might have quit reading the series after this volume. It was a tad slow.
This volume introduced several characters I enjoyed: Minister Ko, the mysterious, mask-wearing guy who possesses hidden kindness; Reishin, the minister who insists that Shurei call him “uncle”; and grisly, bearded Ensei. I also enjoyed getting to see Shurei excel at being a temporary civil servant.
(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)