Book Review: The Savior’s Book Café Story in Another World Vol. 1

Title: The Savior’s Book Café Story in Another World Vol. 1

Author: Kyouka Izumi & Oumiya

Series: The Savior’s Book Café Story In Another World #1

Page Count: 164 pages

Publish Date: December 21, 2021

Publisher: Seven Seas

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Synopsis:

Tsukina is a single, thirty-something office worker who’s favorite thing is curling up with a good book. When a god tells her that she must go to another world to become its magical savior, Tsukina isn’t interested. She has zero desire to go on some grand hero’s journey. So when she arrives in this strange new land, she decides to use her magical powers to create a cozy little book café instead. Her first customer is a handsome soldier who loves reading almost as much as she does. But when a fellow “savior” starts causing trouble, Tsukina might have to play the hero after all!

 

The Savior’s Book Café Story In Another World

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My Review:

I was pulled into the story right from the beginning. Having a 30-something main character was fantastic, since in a lot of manga, the characters are younger. Not only that, but her interaction with the “God” of the other world was amusing.

I loved how she didn’t want to immediately jump on the opportunity to travel to another world to become its savior. This felt so different from many of isekai stories that I have read, so it was a nice change of pace.

Tsukina’s nonchalant approach to the whole situation made for fun reading, especially her negotiations. After all, not many would think to turn down an opportunity to set off on an adventure like that. But with a steady job and a simple life, Tsukina isn’t sure she’s the right person for the savior role.

Once she arrives in the other world, Othel, her book café dreams can come true. Watching her café evolve into what she wants it to be is fantastic. Every scene in the café gives off stuck strong cozy vibes that I can’t help but want to visit it and lose myself in one of the many books she has there.

Not only is Tsukina a book lover but so is Il, a soldier of Othel who stumbles upon the café. Seeing his excitement over the books and meals at the café really made me love him as a character. After all, it’s hard not to love characters who enjoy books.

While we don’t get to see a ton of the other characters, they do have small roles throughout the book. The other savior is quite a bit different from Tsukina. She’s young, arrogant, and is probably more trouble than she’s worth. I can see her causing lots of problems in the future – though she is causing plenty already.

I am quite curious about the world. It snows in Othel year-round, so I wonder what they do for food, since not a lot grows in snow. I’m sure they have some cold-heart plants, but it’s something I hope they go into detail in the future.

The magic system is quite interesting. We don’t know a lot about it, only what the “God” told Tsukina but it certainly has some unique qualities to it. I can see more information about this being sprinkled throughout these series as the story progresses.

While it’s obvious that a relationship will develop between Tsukina and Il, at this point, they are only silently admiring each other. Yet, you can feel them being drawn together with each encounter they have.

I really enjoyed the art in this volume. Each area has its own vibes, like the café being cozy and welcoming, while the castle gives off more of a stern feeling. It really adds to the overall world-building.

At times, there were sections where Tsukina looked too young to be in her early 30s. Now, I know there is no set look for anyone at a certain age, but these moments felt a little off to me.

It’s really up in the air at this point if Tsukina will fulfill her role as savior or forever live a quiet life in her café. There are hints at what could happen in the future, but nothing is set in stone.

This volume does end on a cliffhanger, and while that may bother some people, I felt like it was perfect. It has me excited to continue with the series and I am glad I have the rest of the book in my TBR.

This is a very quick read, with great art, an engaging plot, and a great mix of characters. While manga isn’t for everyone, I feel like most book lovers could enjoy this series.

Have you read The Savior’s Book Café Story in Another World Vol. 1? What did you think of it?

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4 Comments

  1. I love reading book reviews and synopsis. I’m always searching for my next book to read. Thank you for highlighting The Saviors Book Cafe for us.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I hope you are able to read this one, as it’s really fantastic.

  2. I like the information you give at the start of your post – it’s very helpful. Sounds like a great book and yes I like the idea of a 30 something character in a manga book.

    1. Author

      Thank you. It was a great book and I look forward to the rest of the series. Older characters in manga are great, and its so rare to find a main character of that age.

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