Tearmoon Empire Vol. 3 LN Review

The revolution has been averted! But the civil war…?

In volume two, Mia successfully managed to avert the disastrous events which lead to her execution in her original timeline, thus ensuring a bright future. Thus, she can happily turn to focusing on eating cake and napping… or, so she thought, but that was before her granddaughter materialized out of the future and dropped from the ceiling. And that future ain’t so bright, unless one prefers civil wars to revolutions. Grudgingly setting aside her own leisure, Mia sets out to change the timeline again, something which requires that she… become the president of the student council. But that itself requires her to face up to Rafina Orca Beluga, one of the key players in the revolution that killed Mia her first time around. Can Mia overcome her cowardice and laziness to save the future yet again?

I was a little unsure of whether Tearmoon Empire could successfully pivot from its original story, concluded in the second volume – loads of light novels scramble to do so when they prove sufficiently popular enough that the publisher would like some more installments, and most do not pull it off. So I am happy to report that this volume more than managed to do so. In fact, this is a better volume than the second was – Mia’s more interesting to follow in her natural habitat than she is when she’s falling into rivers and getting involved in insurrections in other countries. As much as this series is into having Mia punked out by her world, its more fun to witness her having to maneuver out of sticky social situations. And maneuver she does, even if the book itself doesn’t always think much of how she does so.

Since I mentioned Mia’s granddaughter, I should note that, despite prominent cover placement, she features fairly little in the goings-on. She’s key enough that I could hardly summarize the plot without making any reference to her, but this is still Mia’s story. And, by the way, making her a granddaughter, not daughter, neatly ducks having to potentially deal with the creepier aspects of dropping future offspring on a child, so, thanks for that, Nozomu Mochitsuki. It does also usefully allows for the girl to not simply become an easy button for info, as she didn’t really even know her grandmother, which is also much appreciated. Mia’s still got to put a lot of work in herself at figuring out how to avoid mistakes.

J-Novel Club’s release is good! This has been true throughout for this series; a tip of the hat to translator David Teng and editor Hannah Carter for their efforts with it.

Now that the hurdle for pivoting has been cleared, I’m very much eager for the next volume, due in February. (The sixth volume, by the way, came out in Japan yesterday.) This remains a solid bet for anyone who’d like a fantasy LN read with a female lead, particularly so for those who are sick of isekai.

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