I picked this up after seeing it Chloe from bookswithchloe rave about it. I've ended up with so many books based on her recommendations and I haven't been disappointed yet.
Fence follows Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a former fencing champion. He's determined to compete, not to follow in his father's footsteps, but rather to prove that he's as good without having had any help from his father. However, his hopes are somewhat dashed upon facing Seiji Katayama in a tournament. Nicholas still manages to get into Kings Row private school on a fencing scholarship, where his roommate just so happens to be Seiji...
I didn't know what to expect with this, I've always liked sports but fencing hasn't been one I've tried. I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this and how engaging it is. For the most part, we follow the rivalry between Nicholas and Seiji and then between the rest of the characters trying to make the fencing team. That was it for the first volume really. It's simply fun and fulfils one of my favourite things. The characters simply are, there's some male/male romance but it isn't the central focus, it's just part of their lives and there's a gender-fluid character, Bobby. Male pronouns are used for him but he enjoys dressing in 'feminine' clothing. No one in the story bats an eye at his desire to dress in such a manner as shown in the locker room scenes etc. He's also just such a sweetheart. I can't wait to see more of him in the next volumes.
Lighthearted, fun and diverse. What more could you want?
Name: Fence Volume One
Author: C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad and Joana Lafuente
Publisher: Boom! Box
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