Time for a break from the action. And thank goodness. The last few volumes of this series were heavily action-packed. While action sequences are cool, there can be too much of a good thing. This is particularly true in series that suffer from power creep. Which is true for most anime/manga/light novels that involve fighting with superpowers. It’s not like Rimuru and co. are on the level of a Dragonball character, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he makes it to planetbuster status by the end of the series. So, it’s nice to see the characters dealing with issues that aren’t just straight-up fights.
The bulk of this book is about the Tempest leaders getting ready for a festival. With their nation established and relations started neighboring nations, it’s time to show themselves to the rest of the world. So, they decide to throw a big festival to show off the culture and technology they’ve developed. “Technology” being magitek in this case; it is a fantasy setting. Most of this book is very light-hearted. It’s day-to-day normal stuff (granted, for government leaders) instead of another fight to the death.
And it’s all just set-up. This is part one of a two-part story; we don’t actually see the festival here. That will happen in the next book. We do start to get some plot towards the end, setting up the challenge the protagonists will have to overcome in part two. I know not every reader will enjoy the bureaucracy and planning here, but I like it. It gives the author a chance at more worldbuilding and the readers an opportunity to reflect on just how far the story and characters have come. There will definitely be more action later, but for now, this was a nice litter breather.