Today I read Mahou Tsukai no Yome by Kore Yamazaki.
15-year-old Chise has been an unwanted child for her whole life, because she can see fairies and other supernatural beings. She ends up in a human auction where she’s purchased by Ellias Ainsworth, a magus with a skull for a head.
Ellias frees Chise and makes her his apprentice and future bride. He’s no mortal man, however, and it’s pretty clear that his interest in Chise is something else than desire.
Chise is a rare case among those who have magical abilities, because she’s able to stockpile magical energy from her surroundings to a far greater degree than most humans. This also places a lot of stress on her body, though, which causes her to sleep for days afterwards, and supposedly dooms her to an early death. Ellias seems to have some plan concerning this, though.
Chise and Ellias start living together in his countryhouse near London and regularly embark to take on various magical odd jobs. There are dragons, fairies and magical cats living just under the radar for regular people.
The world-building feels strong and logical, and draws largely from Celtic myths. The art is also extremely impressive. It’s hard to believe that the author has previously only created a curious-sounding two-volume romance series, which sadly has not been translated.
The series was originally published in Mag Garden’s Monthly Comic Blade, which recently ceased publication. A new web magazine will replace it in September, though, and the series will continue there.
Apparently the first volume alone has sold 100 000 copies, so I expect great things from this one. It even already has an official Twitter account.