Is it me, or is Bell prodding Hephaistos’ boob on the front cover? Well, she is burying his face in her other boob so I suppose it’s a “tit-for-tat” kind of situation, excuse the pun. Haha.
This was exciting to read.
I’m happy that Bell finally managed to become a level 2 but I do get the impression that from now on he has to watch his back. Bell’s growth (thanks to the Realis Phrase ability) was under the radar all this time but now that he has levelled up, the Gods and Adventurers alike have suddenly taken notice.
Hestia needs to be careful as well, especially as Freya defended Bell during the Denatus meeting. It does make me wonder if Freya will try another scheme to make Bell her “property”. I do think that she genuinely harbours love and affection for him and she is the reason why Bell more or less overcame his fear of Minotaurs and is able to cast magic. Is she helping him out of love, or out of selfishness? I don’t know what to make of Freya, I like her but at the same time I don’t like her. She’s fascinating yet complicated. XD
I was impressed with Welf Crozzo’s introduction. I really like him and I think the history of his ancestors is especially interesting. I watched the anime so I am somewhat spoiled but I still had no idea that his family’s origins were that deep. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his views and philosophy on forging and creating magic weapons and regular weapons. I think it’s more than appropriate that someone like him is the exclusive blacksmith for Bell. I think it’s awesome as well that he forged Bell’s Minotaur horn into a dagger.
At first I wasn’t really keen on Lili but I discovered that throughout this book Lili is actually growing on me. She’s very street wise and she’s the type of, “it takes one to know one” kind of her person. She knows a con-artist when she sees one and this was demonstrated when Bell and Lili took on Nahza’s request.
Speaking of Nazha’s request, I really like the extra stories that this book offered at the end. Learning about Nahza’s past was insightful and it made sense why she was over-charging Bell’s potions and doesn’t go dungeon crawling. It’s interesting to know when these events happened. I actually wondered how he managed to squeeze in this quest during his training with Aiz without Hestia or Lili sussing him out. XD
I always had the vision of Bell buying Hestia a pair of cute ribbons with chimes and I came to learn that this actually happened. =) I thought it was a nice moment when Bell gave Hestia her ribbons for the first time. It just shows the strong bond that Hestia and Bell have for each other.
Hestia wanted to do something “God-like” and buy him the sword that he wanted but whilst she didn’t achieve it then, she certainly achieved it later on when his dagger was hand-crafted by Hephaistos herself. So, one could argue that Bell in fact got an “upgrade”, all thanks for Hestia. =)
I’m hoping that these short stories continue to appear in the Light Novels as I want to learn more about the supporting characters like Ryu, Syr, Aiz and Hephaistos. =)