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Betrayed by one of their own, the Hunters have become the hunted as their hideaway is invaded by a pack of ravenous werewolves But it'll take more than a few mongrels to get the better of these kids. Meanwhile, Alex begins advanced training with Mr. Roi. Will he be able to help her find a clue to her sister's disappearance? Or is the home-schooled Alex in way over her head Betrayed by one of their own, the Hunters have become the hunted as their hideaway is invaded by a pack of ravenous werewolves But it'll take more than a few mongrels to get the better of these kids. Meanwhile, Alex begins advanced training with Mr. Roi. Will he be able to help her find a clue to her sister's disappearance? Or is the home-schooled Alex in way over her head?


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Betrayed by one of their own, the Hunters have become the hunted as their hideaway is invaded by a pack of ravenous werewolves But it'll take more than a few mongrels to get the better of these kids. Meanwhile, Alex begins advanced training with Mr. Roi. Will he be able to help her find a clue to her sister's disappearance? Or is the home-schooled Alex in way over her head Betrayed by one of their own, the Hunters have become the hunted as their hideaway is invaded by a pack of ravenous werewolves But it'll take more than a few mongrels to get the better of these kids. Meanwhile, Alex begins advanced training with Mr. Roi. Will he be able to help her find a clue to her sister's disappearance? Or is the home-schooled Alex in way over her head?

30 review for Nightschool: The Weirn Books, Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Maddaford

    Now, I'm starting to see how things are connected and why I should care about some of these characters. For one thing, I finally figured out that some of the characters that I thought were the same character aren't. That helped a lot with understanding what was going on. I like the diversity the author shows in her character designs, but there were a couple that were very similar. As for the story, this book spent more time explaining things, but it also had quite a bit of action. The first scen Now, I'm starting to see how things are connected and why I should care about some of these characters. For one thing, I finally figured out that some of the characters that I thought were the same character aren't. That helped a lot with understanding what was going on. I like the diversity the author shows in her character designs, but there were a couple that were very similar. As for the story, this book spent more time explaining things, but it also had quite a bit of action. The first scenes are fairly violent, but nothing I would hesitate to hand a teen. There is a communal bathing scene, but nothing is shown. Most of the curses are bleeped out, but there are a few minor ones left visible. I'm a bit confused about how the Hunters can blame Alex when they know something else is giving her power and protection. I'm also a bit confused about how certain people remember Sarah. I can understand Alex remembering because of blood ties, but how do the other two remember? I'm definitely eager to read the next one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Penny Raspenny

    I'm intrigued! I want to know more! I'm intrigued! I want to know more!

  3. 4 out of 5

    EllaB Red

    Vol. 4 where you at?!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sami

    Svetlana Chmakova is an OEL (Original English Language) manga creator that I have been aware of and reading since she started publishing her comics online through Wirepop and Girlamatic. I loved both Chasing Rainbows, a story about a girl whose future is foretold, and Nightsilver, a story about a young witch. Unfortunately both stories have been on hiatus for years now since Svet had to turn her attention to publishing her first professional manga series, Dramacon. Complete Review: http://twisted Svetlana Chmakova is an OEL (Original English Language) manga creator that I have been aware of and reading since she started publishing her comics online through Wirepop and Girlamatic. I loved both Chasing Rainbows, a story about a girl whose future is foretold, and Nightsilver, a story about a young witch. Unfortunately both stories have been on hiatus for years now since Svet had to turn her attention to publishing her first professional manga series, Dramacon. Complete Review: http://twistedquill.blogspot.com/2010...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Three volumes in, the cast is really beginning to gel. Before I wasn't sure why I was expected to care about the huge cast of characters; now I'm really interested in seeing what happens when Alex finally meets up with the hunters again. Chmakova's art continues to be a treat. The wait between volumes is becoming killer--I think I will have to track down the magazines at the library. Three volumes in, the cast is really beginning to gel. Before I wasn't sure why I was expected to care about the huge cast of characters; now I'm really interested in seeing what happens when Alex finally meets up with the hunters again. Chmakova's art continues to be a treat. The wait between volumes is becoming killer--I think I will have to track down the magazines at the library.

  6. 4 out of 5

    quinnster

    Only one book to go, right?? Can she really wrap everything up in just one more book?? I'm on the edge of my seat! Only one book to go, right?? Can she really wrap everything up in just one more book?? I'm on the edge of my seat!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Svetlana Chmakova is one of my favorite middle grade graphic novelists, and when I saw she had a YA series also, I jumped on it. NIghtschool is a quadrilogy revolving around a school that hosts normal high school classes and students during the day, but at night, the classes and students are very different, and not a little dangerous. The third volume puts a lot of attention on the Hunters, who have been betrayed by another human, resulting in a werewolf attack at the Hunter hideaway. Alex, meanw Svetlana Chmakova is one of my favorite middle grade graphic novelists, and when I saw she had a YA series also, I jumped on it. NIghtschool is a quadrilogy revolving around a school that hosts normal high school classes and students during the day, but at night, the classes and students are very different, and not a little dangerous. The third volume puts a lot of attention on the Hunters, who have been betrayed by another human, resulting in a werewolf attack at the Hunter hideaway. Alex, meanwhile is now being trained by Mr. Roi in advanced techniques. Nightschool Vol 3 is a satisfying follow up to volume 2, and I look forward to reading the remainder of the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    Oof. I'm not sure if I have words beyond that right now, other than the fact that we're finally starting to see how the A-plot and the B-plot intertwine, and I love that, I'm living for it. Just... OOF. Well no, okay, I do have one other thing to say, and that's that I'm disappointed this wasn't contracted for more volumes than just the four it got. It feels like the ending is going to have to be a bit rushed by the time I read the fourth book, and I'm not sure if it will cohesively work or tie e Oof. I'm not sure if I have words beyond that right now, other than the fact that we're finally starting to see how the A-plot and the B-plot intertwine, and I love that, I'm living for it. Just... OOF. Well no, okay, I do have one other thing to say, and that's that I'm disappointed this wasn't contracted for more volumes than just the four it got. It feels like the ending is going to have to be a bit rushed by the time I read the fourth book, and I'm not sure if it will cohesively work or tie everything together, which I'm worried about.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Khari

    Yeah, this was awesome. No and-if-or-buts about it. Just plain great fun. Teacher is like totally freaking awesome. No idea what his name is, but his stoicism and loyalty and coolheadedness combine for total awesomeness. He is similar to blade only more stoic. I like. A lot. I am more and more curious as to how hunters are different from humans. Do they arise out of the human population? Can the different races interbreed? What happens when they do? Do we get cute little halfsies!?!?!?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Squirrel

    Enjoying the series, great story, cool characters. But the story is feeling rushed in this book, and too many of the drawings are unclear - sometimes I can't tell who the character is, others, what the action is. Especially liked the end notes here, with the translations and the fan art. I wish this story were more fleshed out, with a bit more definition of new characters... Enjoying the series, great story, cool characters. But the story is feeling rushed in this book, and too many of the drawings are unclear - sometimes I can't tell who the character is, others, what the action is. Especially liked the end notes here, with the translations and the fan art. I wish this story were more fleshed out, with a bit more definition of new characters...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    The third book reveals a traitor to the hunter group and a teacher willing to help Alex with her training. He tries to kill one of the students in the infirmary. Alex meets a woman who says she knew her sister. There's a use of blood magic to scry, some kind of infection, and some kind of escaped creature. The third book reveals a traitor to the hunter group and a teacher willing to help Alex with her training. He tries to kill one of the students in the infirmary. Alex meets a woman who says she knew her sister. There's a use of blood magic to scry, some kind of infection, and some kind of escaped creature.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Um, still a little unclear. This one confused me more because I find the artwork between the two plot lines overlaps and I get the characters mixed up. I hope that's not intentional, but I also kind of hope it is. Reading book 4 hopefully later tonight. Um, still a little unclear. This one confused me more because I find the artwork between the two plot lines overlaps and I get the characters mixed up. I hope that's not intentional, but I also kind of hope it is. Reading book 4 hopefully later tonight.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    awesome story, just my favorite style of manga drawing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    ‘‘Twas a good book! Not as good and volume 1 and 2, but it’s no biggie because it was still NOICE! Luv this series, and just got in the 4 volume (its so fresh and BEAUTIFUL!!!) I’m ready to go ;)

  15. 5 out of 5

    R

    Darker this time with more conflict and raising more questions! Such a uniquely spun tale. I can't wait to read the last volume! Darker this time with more conflict and raising more questions! Such a uniquely spun tale. I can't wait to read the last volume!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    Things are definitely getting more complicated in this one, and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in the final volume! Things are definitely getting more complicated in this one, and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in the final volume!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Enjoying this series -- wonderful imagination and gorgeous images.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bee (BacchusVines)

    I love the introduction of the teachers. The next book is the last, so I'm super nervous! I love the introduction of the teachers. The next book is the last, so I'm super nervous!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Alex continues to search for her sister. An ancient evil is rediscovered.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Salamah

    Sarah is still missing but the storyline is really good. I think Daemon and Mr. Roi are my favorite characters!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kent Herring

    Good Read Loved it, can't wait to read the next one. So that is my two cents worth anyway. Hate leaving reviews. Good Read Loved it, can't wait to read the next one. So that is my two cents worth anyway. Hate leaving reviews.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    Oh boy did it start to go down from here. The start with the hunters and the werewolves were just so incredibly cliché. I guess it was supposed to be suspenseful with them fighting all these werewolves but everything considered… maybe it works for other people, but I have seen this cliché portrayal and usage of werewolves so often that I consider it a sign of really lazy or unimaginative writing. Plus the werewolves were so incompetent that it is nothing but cliché, plain old werewolf cliché, an Oh boy did it start to go down from here. The start with the hunters and the werewolves were just so incredibly cliché. I guess it was supposed to be suspenseful with them fighting all these werewolves but everything considered… maybe it works for other people, but I have seen this cliché portrayal and usage of werewolves so often that I consider it a sign of really lazy or unimaginative writing. Plus the werewolves were so incompetent that it is nothing but cliché, plain old werewolf cliché, and it makes me wonder whether any author under 50 is capable of writing their werewolves as anything but male dominated idiots who should have gone extinct a long time ago. Seriously is it that hard to get some more XX chromosomes and brain cells in there? They even had the cliché of killing the pack leader and you become the next leader, which is a really shitty way of having your leaders since basically the worst murderers become leaders and every leader must constantly be on his (since they are apparently all male here) guard. And this leads directly to the hunters. I guess the fight might have been to show off their powers, especially their teacher Daemon, but the way it was presented was just so incompetent. I don't go and say "oh look they beat a bunch of [enter magical creature here] so they must be awesome." No, the author must establish that the opponents are an actual threat and that never happened here and considered that they are so incompetent that they cannot beat these kids here without help(view spoiler)[, of a sort of hunter traitor. Also that one werewolf leader had plenty of opportunity to shoot Daemon but wasted his time basically gloating so he is no better than his underlings. But either way based on the number of bodies lying around said underlings at the hunters' hideout outnumbered the hunters by 10 to 1, even at a conservative estimate, they had the element of surprise, they had guns that they used, sometimes, it was in a tight room where the hunters could not go anywhere. Normal humans would have been able to overrun them by sheer numbers but these werewolves can't and that (hide spoiler)] doesn't make the hunters awesome or anything in my mind, it makes the werewolves incredibly incompetent. These werewolves are the only ones of their kind we saw except for one cameo in the second book and they were so incompetent that they should be the laughing stock of the supernatural world. Sure the book acknowledged that they are incompetent (and even says the hunter kids did badly in planning and all, albeit I don't know how they were supposed to be planning anything) but it does not excuse the usage of those clichés especially not when the author apparently can do so much better. Plus the hunters start to become overpowered in my mind, and slightly stupid(view spoiler)[ in how they just go along with what the Sohrem says without telling Daemon (hide spoiler)] , respectively they seem to be getting new powers from… somewhere. Which makes you wonder why they can't do more. However, despite its tremendous flaws now, the book has redeeming qualities, which makes it even weirder that the author was so unimaginative with the previously mentioned elements. We still have good comedic elements while the story overall shifts into a darker tone more fitting to a climax. We do see how Daemon cares very much for his student hunters and maybe even blames himself for what happened to them. We see some good comedy, backstory, even if slightly forced, from the weirn Mr. Roi and his long age is in fact handled pretty realistically, in that he needs notes and all to remember things, and his "underlings" are pretty funny and imaginative (not going to spoil that for you). You learn more about what is going on in the school for some time now and even how it affects Alex's life. Also for all their stupidity the hunter kids don't just shrug off what happened to them and their friends and they don't act overdramatic either. You can believe it. Furthermore our more experienced trio of magic users also show a lot of competence and there are again these nice little touches in the overall good artwork, like the Mrs. Chen's fiery freak-out, that makes big chunks of this book a very enjoyable read. However they only manage to somewhat balance out the bad clichés and questionable plot- and world-building decisions and so this book only gets an ok from me. PS. For some reason here the colored pages where the first few pages of the volume, not of the second chapter per volume as in volume 1 and 2. Odd.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    This review is from my blog, Studies in Storytelling. To see the complete version, please visit http://studiesinstorytelling.blogspot... Nightschool is an American-published manga by Russian-Canadian mangaka Svetlana Chmakova, most famous for Dramacon. A normal school by day, The Nightschool teaches vampires, weirns, mermaids, etc. The coarse, homeschooled Alex Treveney tries to track down her sister, Sarah, a teacher at the Nightschool. She also has a slight tendency to black out and leave slow, This review is from my blog, Studies in Storytelling. To see the complete version, please visit http://studiesinstorytelling.blogspot... Nightschool is an American-published manga by Russian-Canadian mangaka Svetlana Chmakova, most famous for Dramacon. A normal school by day, The Nightschool teaches vampires, weirns, mermaids, etc. The coarse, homeschooled Alex Treveney tries to track down her sister, Sarah, a teacher at the Nightschool. She also has a slight tendency to black out and leave slow, brutal death in her wake. Across the four books, I had fun picking apart some of Chmakova's storytelling tricks. 6. Delving into different types of pessimism and optimism is a fun way to develop characters/contrasts. The cheerful Sarah Treveney is pessimistic about the ball-busting Mrs. Hatcher, who in turn offers her optimistic support. Instant synchronized character dynamism! 5. The storytelling emphasizes slow moments. On pages 154-155 of volume 1, for example, back-to-back panels are almost identical, showing very gradual change. A door, a portal, slowly closes. If the door were "the clock" of the story and we had a protagonist racing through it like Indiana Jones, it would build suspense. But this slow-motion-ization serves a different purpose. It creates a sense of finality. It clues you in and braces you: The person who has gone through the door will not come back. 4. I like how to book handles cursing. It's @#*%ing good at it. I wish this kind of censorship were acceptable in YA formats. It's not an entirely distracting compromise. It allows for the maintenance of a little realism. 3. Magic always has a recognizable relationship to technology. A street gang fights with a combination of pistols, crossbows, and poison. The process of tracking spells is tantamount to hacking computer systems. Magical pills stabilize psychological dysfunction in Seers. Astrals are like iPhones combined with pets. They provide passcoded hiding places for files, remind you of the time, sound security alerts, and beg for treats. 2. The story asks, and sometimes even answers, good questions about death. What is the difference between death and existence? Nightschool answers, Memory and evidence of life. What is memory's relationship to death? Without memory, death achieves something greater than itself. The dead becomes nonexistent. And finally, how is a slow death both crueler and kinder to loved ones? At the story's turning point, most characters have braced themselves for the death of their friends - but one cannot stand for it and seeks revenge. Unanswerable questions always seem to be the strongest, don't they?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cornerofmadness

    I had read the first two of this series for a magazine but didn’t get any more of it until now as the library started carrying it and I think that sort of sums up my feelings about this manga. It’s not bad but nothing I’d run out and buy. It’s not that the story is uninteresting. It’s more that the characters do not pop for me. In fact, I can not review this without manga in hand because I can’t remember their names. That is never a good sign. The beginning half of this volume deal with the Hunte I had read the first two of this series for a magazine but didn’t get any more of it until now as the library started carrying it and I think that sort of sums up my feelings about this manga. It’s not bad but nothing I’d run out and buy. It’s not that the story is uninteresting. It’s more that the characters do not pop for me. In fact, I can not review this without manga in hand because I can’t remember their names. That is never a good sign. The beginning half of this volume deal with the Hunters, whose abilities and role are still murky (I think some of that is very intentional but from a reader stand point, being this far in and not having a definite idea about any of the supernatural aspects is annoying). They have been betrayed by one of their own as they try to protect a seer with memory issues as werewolves attack. (There are vampires, werewolves and witches in this but I’m still not sure if they’re evil, good or both). Hounded out of their safe house, they end up following their leader to Mr. Roi’s house and we learn that this Night School teacher is a night creature and a Hunter and maybe immortal. He finally fills the reader in on a big missing chunk of the story that there were once a half dozen kids possessed by something called the Sohrem and he defeated them a few thousand years ago. They are apparently back now and one of them is in the seer. Back at the school, Alex, a homeschooled young witch with a secret is working with the few people at the Night School that can remember her sister, a guardian at the school. Her sister disappeared and all traces of her have disappeared from people’s memory. They find an old gate that might have been used to abduct the young woman but the symbols on it are so old that they can’t decipher them It turns out even more people at the school have disappeared in the last few months. Over all, some definition about the roles of the paranormals in this universe would be helpful. I need more character definition too. I find no one who sticks out except Mr. Roi. The art is decent and Chmakova has a following from her other manga. However, I found some real issues (for me at least) in the art especially with proportions and chins that are too elongated and worse, lopsided. On the other hand, the action is starting to pick up and it’s becoming more interesting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katrin (Read With Katrin)

    << SERIES REVIEW >> The Good -Interesting characters and story! -Fight scenes were drawn really well -Who’s good? Whos’ evil? Morally gray characters? YES, PLEASE. -I was hooked. Flew through the entire series in one sitting. - Alex’s control over her Astral is amazing!!! Those wings😍 The Not-So-Good -The world and its characters needed to be more fleshed out. Will there be more volumes? I saw on her website that there will be a new Weirn Books series coming out but while it’s set in the same world, it << SERIES REVIEW >> The Good -Interesting characters and story! -Fight scenes were drawn really well -Who’s good? Whos’ evil? Morally gray characters? YES, PLEASE. -I was hooked. Flew through the entire series in one sitting. - Alex’s control over her Astral is amazing!!! Those wings😍 The Not-So-Good -The world and its characters needed to be more fleshed out. Will there be more volumes? I saw on her website that there will be a new Weirn Books series coming out but while it’s set in the same world, it features a different set of characters so…🤷‍♀️ -I don’t know if the author really just planned on making this 4 volumes or if she was only given 4 volumes by the publisher but I would have liked it better if we had more backstories; especially about the Nereshai/Night Lord (one of them said becoming a Night Lord is complicated and that they’ll explain it another time and I was like WHAT OTHER TIME?? This is the last volume😒), the Hunters, and the Astrals. At the end of volume 4, there were 2 pages about the characters which answered some questions but not all so there’s a feeling of being unsatisfied. -Alex got bumped up to advanced magic class due to her excellent Astral control and I wanted to see how much more amazing she could be BUT! it never happened… Overall After finishing the series, I thought about it and found myself looking for something more. While it had the foundations it needed to make a great story, it lacked the backstories that were needed to really solidify those basic foundations. This series has so much potential and if we had a few more volumes, the series would have been easily a 5-star read BLOG | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

  26. 4 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    Maybe this one is the best volume of all because finally I started to understand what was going on in the story and how the two main plots were connecting to each other. Too weird that this happened on the third our of four volume. I don't know, maybe four volume in not enough to tell the story the author had in mind. This is something I often read about Čmakova: she always seems to rush the ending of her stories. Maybe this is her weak point. Who knows. Too bad that the people at school doen't ha Maybe this one is the best volume of all because finally I started to understand what was going on in the story and how the two main plots were connecting to each other. Too weird that this happened on the third our of four volume. I don't know, maybe four volume in not enough to tell the story the author had in mind. This is something I often read about Čmakova: she always seems to rush the ending of her stories. Maybe this is her weak point. Who knows. Too bad that the people at school doen't have more time on screen: they're good characters. I mean, the principal is so funny! Ok, one more volume and then I'm done!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Still loving this series, though I think I liked the story progression in the first two volumes a bit better. Seemed like Chmakova was trying to pack in a lot of detail in this one, which gave me less time to just enjoy the characters. On a side note, I'm very said that Yen Plus Magazine is ending its print subscription services...where I've been keeping up with my Nightschool chapters. I think they'll still have an online subscription available, but I'll probably now just wait for volume releas Still loving this series, though I think I liked the story progression in the first two volumes a bit better. Seemed like Chmakova was trying to pack in a lot of detail in this one, which gave me less time to just enjoy the characters. On a side note, I'm very said that Yen Plus Magazine is ending its print subscription services...where I've been keeping up with my Nightschool chapters. I think they'll still have an online subscription available, but I'll probably now just wait for volume releases to feed my Nightschool hunger...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miss Ryoko

    Oh man! What a cliff hanger! I really hope she's able to start working on more of this series soon! I fear that after I read the 4th volume, I will be full of rage for having to wait because I'll be dying to know what happens next. I blame Jillian XD Haha!! It should also be noted that I'm even more entertained that Teresa (character, not me :p) has the same nickname I did when I was in high school (Reese. Though some people called me Reesa). Character Teresa and I have a lot in common; same name, Oh man! What a cliff hanger! I really hope she's able to start working on more of this series soon! I fear that after I read the 4th volume, I will be full of rage for having to wait because I'll be dying to know what happens next. I blame Jillian XD Haha!! It should also be noted that I'm even more entertained that Teresa (character, not me :p) has the same nickname I did when I was in high school (Reese. Though some people called me Reesa). Character Teresa and I have a lot in common; same name, same nickname, and total babes ;-) XD Anyway, once again, awesome volume!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan M

    Awesome volume with tons of action and so much of the backstory that I've been wanting from this series! I can't wait to learn more about Mr. Roi, who I might have some hot for teacher feeling for. The Sorhem are incredibly creepy, especially because Chmakova does a great job of giving us just enough information that we're scared of them, but not so much that our imagination can't go wild trying to figure out what is going on. I definitely recommend these books for fans of series like Vampire Ac Awesome volume with tons of action and so much of the backstory that I've been wanting from this series! I can't wait to learn more about Mr. Roi, who I might have some hot for teacher feeling for. The Sorhem are incredibly creepy, especially because Chmakova does a great job of giving us just enough information that we're scared of them, but not so much that our imagination can't go wild trying to figure out what is going on. I definitely recommend these books for fans of series like Vampire Academy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Werewolf☆Vi☆Iran♥

    EXTREMELY AWESOME... CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FORTH BOOK! For those that haven't read this yet, what the heck are you waiting for? Pick up one and two today...okie I'm not trying to sale the book lol just saying, you would love it! It is packed with action, comedy and adventure. Personally, I think this is a book that would be great as a normal book and also a movie (providing the right director)!!! EXTREMELY AWESOME... CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FORTH BOOK! For those that haven't read this yet, what the heck are you waiting for? Pick up one and two today...okie I'm not trying to sale the book lol just saying, you would love it! It is packed with action, comedy and adventure. Personally, I think this is a book that would be great as a normal book and also a movie (providing the right director)!!!

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