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About the Author

Tomu Ohmi debuted in 2000 with the supernatural Josei manga Kindan no Koi wo Shiyou. She is the creator of Midnight Secretary, available in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand from Viz Media.
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  • Series: Spell of Desire (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142156775X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421567754
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
After the end of Midnight Secretary, I was interested to see where mangaka Tomu Ohmi would go with her next title. With her newest series, Spell of Desire, a lot of her hallmarks are present: gentle main character, supernatural elements, brusk love interest, and a lot of reasons why they have to kiss. But there are differences as well: this time the female has the supernatural power, the setting is rural, and there are familiars. As well, the old fashioned 'serve your man' role is gone. It's safe to say that if you liked Midnight Secretary, you'll like Spell of Desire.

Plot: Koko is an herbalist and runs a small rural shop. Raised by and taught the craft by her mother, she lives a quiet and simple life. Until the day Hibiki Kaname shows up and tells her she's the daughter of a very powerful witch - a witch who sealed her powers inside her daughter. Now those powers are awakening and Koko doesn't have the training to contain them. But Kaname, a witch's knight, has been raised to protect and teach her. To keep her powers in check, he can control them with a kiss - much to virginal Koko's dismay. But as she learns control, Koko is becoming more powerful. So much so, that she will soon attract the attention of those who would use her or see her destroyed.

Ohmi's illustrations have greatly improved since the somewhat shakey work early in Midnight Secretary. Her panels are assured and she flows the story well. This is a bit of a slow burn type of manga, though. Not much happens except excuses to force Kaname to kiss Koko. I'm worried that this is going into more of a 'monster of the week' until a final confrontation with her mother. Midnight Secretary didn't have a lot of depth to the story and Spell of Desire looks to be a stock Josei romance as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Draper Carlson on January 2, 2015
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The author of Midnight Secretary returns with another supernatural romance, although many will find the lead here more interesting. Tomu Ohmi’s latest translated manga series, Spell of Desire, has the same naive young lady forced into close contact with a mysterious, brooding, darkly handsome, magically powered man from a group of fantasy creatures, but this version adds cute animals.

Kaoruko runs a small-town herb shop on her own after her grandmother’s recent passing. She’s never had a boyfriend, and she’s never known her parents, since her mother disappeared shortly after her birth. Then a tall stranger dressed in an all-black suit named Kaname appears to tell her she’s a witch, her mother is a witch queen leading a coven of black witches, and her grandmother had been an immensely powerful white witch.

Since Kaoruko has no idea of her birthright, she has no idea how to use her natural powers, which spring up when she gets upset. So of course, to calm her, Kaname has to kiss her. He’s her knight, to guide and protect her, and they end up living together (pretending to be engaged to avoid the village gossip) so he can fulfill his duty.

Looked at analytically, these are all standard romance elements — the couple forced together until they admit their love for each other, the metaphor of the woman with power who needs a more experienced man to teach her about it — overlaid with a bit of fantasy and family drama. (How many volumes until Kaoruko meets her mother?) But I liked reading the series, because it’s all done in accomplished fashion, and I could relate to Kaoruko feeling out of place and unsure what to do with her new knowledge.

Plus, there are cute animals: Unicorn, a lovely long-haired cat, and Dragon, an adorable puppy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jude on September 8, 2014
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~3.5/5

I think I was expecting something different with this book, but I still enjoyed it.

Kaoruko runs an herb shop, her grandmother has passed away and she hasn’t seen or heard of her mother since she was little. But then Kaname shows up, claiming to be a knight from her mother’s witch clan, here to protect her. Turns out her mother is a Witch Queen, of dark magic, and she’s pushed her powers onto her daughter while she hides away.

Kaoruko handles this with surprising ease, even if she doesn’t know how to handle the magic now inside her, or how it drags creatures and people to her, or how Kaname has to kiss her in order for it to go back under control.

I don’t feel too close to either of the characters yet, but I like what I’ve seen so far. Their attraction is obviously there, even if Kaname is feeling it more than her at the moment. I like how Kaoruko is slowly starting to depend on him, too.

Also, there are three pet companions, a dog (or dragon) and cat (or unicorn). I like the dog more, but they’re both adorable, and I like how they transform to protect Kaoruko. Then there’s a kitten that Kaoruko takes in, who’s even cuter. (I honestly think that alone would have made me want to pick up this book.)

This series has a lot of potential, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next. I want to see more steamy stuff, but I also just want the two to develop more closely.

The similarities to Midnight Secretary aren’t too bad, which is good. I’ve been enjoying that series for the most part, although I do think I was looking for something completely different in this. Kaname is similarly brooding to Kyohei, but he also tends to hide his real looks behind a professional layer. These aren’t complaints, mind you, just things I noticed.

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
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