After getting so invested in QuinRose‘s Alice in the County of Hearts/Clover/Joker series I didn’t think I would be able to enjoy the other visual novel-based manga series as much. I was delightfully wrong!
Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble is based on a visual novel series by the same name. It follows Sheila, an assassin/bodyguard maid, who is charged with protecting the heir Prince Edvard and occasionally his brooding older half-brother, Justin. I really enjoy the medieval setting, the frilly outfits, the alchemy and potential for magic, the hint of darkness with Michael the demon.
The only part I don’t like, the vast number of attractive male characters that I can’t keep straight, is remedied by the handy character guide at the beginning of each volume. Having that many potential suitors is only natural for a visual novel story, but darn it gets hard to keep up with their pretty faces! As far as recommending this series, if you like the Alice series or you are simply struck by the cover art of Crimson Empire I would say you should read it!
You can find the series on the KCPL catalog over here.