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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345501330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501332
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mashima (Rave Master) is back with a brand new series about the juvenile delinquents of wizardry and magic, set in a mythical world of small towns, steam engines and horse-drawn carts, where magic is mainstream, young wizards follow glossy magazines that profile popular wizard guilds and everyone has hidden magical abilities. Fire-eating wizard Natsu initiates young and sexy Lucy, a celestial wizard, into his oddball guild, Fairy Tail. Soon we meet the womanizing Loke; the ice wizard Gray Fullbuster, who is often found wandering around in just his boxers; and the heavy-drinking Cana, who is never far from a barrel of wine. It's goofy fun and playful troublemaking—minus any sort of criminal element. Mashima sets a careful balance between showing the Fairy Tail wizards' troublemaking mentality while still establishing that the heart of each wizard is the heart of a hero. With a violence that harks back to the Looney Tunes where all combatants suffer heavy blows but always come out alive, albeit with some scratches, the story is more akin to Bugs Bunny than Harry Potter. But fans of both will be pleasantly entertained. The first two volumes of this series are being released simultaneously. (Mar.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–Lucy is a wizard who's looking to join the Fairy Tail Guild, which is famous for its members' out-of-control antics. When she meets Natsu, she never imagines that he's really Salamander of Fairy Tail. He spends much of his time as an ordinary guy who suffers from severe motion sickness in trains, boats, and even horse-drawn carriages. But when he taps into his magical abilities, he turns into an awesome fighter who uses fire to vanquish his enemies. By the end of the first volume, Lucy has joined the guild as well as Natsu and his flying cat as a team member. In the second volume, the team steals a magical book from the evil Duke Everlue and joins forces with Erza Scarlet to fight a guild that plans to use death-curse magic. Lucy and Natsu are the central figures in a large cast of characters, many of whom have unique abilities. Readers never see Erza's special skills in action, but it's clear that they involve lots of blood. The beings summoned by Lucy from the celestial spirit world are often temperamental and sometimes politically incorrect. The humor is often jaw-droppingly funny, meaning that the characters' jaws drop so low and so often that they look like something out of a Tex Avery cartoon. The illustrations are lively and keep the stories moving briskly. Each volume is filled with magic and humor and ends with a suspenseful cliff-hanger that will draw readers into the rest of the series.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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It has humor, adventure, fantasy- a great story.
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It's a great entry manga for anyone looking into starting their reading experience and will build into one of the greats in shonen.
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Overall I was happy with my purchase and looking to read volume 2 shortly :).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Seventeen-year-old Lucy is a buxom blonde with a sweet face and an attitude to match. She's also a celestial wizard. She has the power to summon creatures from other realms with the use of gate keys. To most people, this would sound extraordinary, but in the land of Fiore, wizards are just as common as merchants and teachers. They even align themselves with guilds to keep employed.

Like any normal teen wizard, Lucy is ready to make her way in the world. She dreams of joining the Fairy Tail guild, a group of powerful wizards that she has been reading about in magazines. She just needs to figure out how to get in.

Her ambition to join gets her in deep water (literally), but a fortunate chance meeting with the fire wizard Natsu, a boy with flaming hair and a scarf that resemble scales, opens the door to get her foot inside Fairy Tail. Now if only the place was as cool as it appeared in the magazines.. . .

The Fairy Tail guild is filled with powerful wizards, certainly, but they they're also a scruffy bunch of drunkards, playboys, nudists, and brawlers. Even Natsu isn't much of a prince. He eats fire as well as anything else within arms' reach. Plus, he gets motion sickness and goes overboard when he gets in a fight. Most of the Magic Council members, the governing body that moderates the guilds, think Fairy Tail is full of idiots. Their antics tend to rack up bills, destroy property, and generally annoy the public. Still, they're good guys and take great pride in their name. Despite the shock from the reality check, Lucy is ecstatic to get her chance to join the guild and show them what she's got.

Fairy Tail is a popular series in the manga underground, and now it has finally made its way to North American bookshelves with the recent translation from Del Rey.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on April 4, 2008
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Fairy Tail I and II

Every now ant then, you have to mix things up. At the Fairy Tail Guild, the fire eating Natsu initiates Lucy, a young wizard, into an oddball mix of accomplished practishoners. Womanizers, a scarcely clad ice wizard, a heavy drinker, and a world inhabited by magic powers towns and shops.

If you have ever read Myth Inc, then you will appreciate the dry humor, the offbeat magicians and battles, and the guild that bands together no matter how bizarre their circumstance. The best summary of the Fairy Guild is a description of what happened to them. From page 106 to 111, the council is upset at the Fairy Tail Guild. Sure, they seduced the grand-daughter of the senior council member, drank 15 kegs, charged expenses to the entertainment, destroyed 7 homes. But what happens in magic, stays there, right? According to Makarov, the master of the Fairy Tail Guild. "Magic isn't some miracle...if you spend time worrying about what those in authority think of you, your magic will never advance...Follow the path you truly believe in!!!"

I almost expected to see Yosamite Sam step out from behind Makarov. He has the moustache, the same temper, and the same stature. Perhaps the WB style art is more of the appeal than we would care to admit.

Two volumes are being released at the same time. Enjoy Manga that doesn't take itself seriously.

Fairy Tail I and II, the third is due out soon.

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Tim Lasiuta
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Pinkston on January 6, 2012
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This isn't the most noteworthy of the volumes because the first couple of chapters is mostly playing around and character introduction, but I'm read up to a high chapter and I can say that as the volumes go on it just seems to get better and better with: some romance, cute characters, character progression, strong male characters and female characters.
This is only some of it, but the summary would be the introduction of the magician natsu and his first friend. They meet up, become a team after joining the guild Fairy Tail and get ready to start their first mission (for money, of course).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wesley J. Didrichsen on March 23, 2010
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Fairy Tail is, in my opinion, one of the best shonen manga out there as of now. It's mix of humor, action, and inspiration makes it the paragon of the genre.

In it, you follow Lucy, Natsu, and the other members of the mage guild Fairy Tail as they go about the world defeating incredible monsters and other powerful enemies mages. Fairy Tail is no average guild, however. Each of its members are incredibly lively and just as incredibly destructive to everything they come across. With a story that doesn't skip a beat and scenes that stir the spirit, Fairy Tail is number one on my list of recommended manga.

One last fun note I think is worth mentioning: Unlike in many other manga and anime where a friendship speech is followed by gooey-eyed expressions, friendship speeches in Fairy Tail and followed by an epic beatdown that gives me the shivers like nothing else!
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By 2manydogs on September 1, 2014
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This book was amazing. It is filled with action and adventure. There are great wizards with cool powers and abilities. A girl who wants to join a magical guild meets a boy who was raised by a dragon (and taught secret dragon magic!). They team up and become... If you like magical battles, betrayals and complicated spells, you do NOT want to miss this book!
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