published in Empire No.84, Sydney
In Fate/Stay Night, orphan Shiro is the sole survivor of a city-levelling catastrophe who is then adopted by a mysterious father. Now a teenager alone since his father’s death, Shiro bears strange mystical powers which he keeps hidden to himself. But fate finds him and soon he is embroiled in the competitive entanglement of the Holy Grail Wars. Shiro is one of seven fighting sorcerers each connected to a mystical servant, forming duos who wage savage battles. Volume one of Fate/Stay Night wavers between legend lore and some nasty vindictive fighting – signs that the forthcoming volumes might be compelling.