REVIEW: Fence (Fence #1) by CS Pacat

Title: Fence
CS Pacat
Publication Date: 
July 31, 2018
Graphic Novel/Comic
Pages: 112
Add It: Goodreads
Rating:  5 ⭐️’s

Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place alongside fencing legends like the dad he never knew, but things get more complicated when he’s up against his golden-boy half-brother, as well as sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama.

Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…

Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges. From acclaimed writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad.


Every once in a while a comic will come along that truly captivates me with its words, illustrations, and storytelling. It’s been a long time since I’ve come across one, but Fence checked all my boxes and I adored this group of boys.

Fence has a diverse cast of characters, who come from different backgrounds and different walks of life. I fell in love with Pacat’s writing in Fence, just as I did in the Captive Prince series and it evoked the same feelings within me.

Fence takes place in a boy’s boarding school, where the cast of characters are trying out for the fencing team. Each team member comes from different life experiences, and has different measurements of talent. The story revolves mainly around one boy, Nicholas Cox. Nicholas absolutely must make the fencing team, and feels like his life depends on it. It’s very easy to fall head over heels in love with Nicholas, and I loved this scrappy young character.

Nicholas must compete again Seiji, his rival, that beat him in a prestigious competition right before school starts. Nicholas believes that Seiji will be going to a competing school, and never expects to see him as he enters his room at the boarding school. Immediately the story is ripe with tension between these two, and I couldn’t get nearly enough of the two of them.

Honestly, I have no idea why I waited so long to read this series, and I cannot wait to see where else Pacat takes this story!

Rating: 5 Stars!

About the Author

C.S. Pacat is the best-selling author of the adult fantasy Captive Prince, and the sports-anime inspired comic Fence. Born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne, she has since lived in a number of cities, including Tokyo and Perugia. She currently resides and writes in Melbourne.

Her first novel began its life as an original-fiction web serial, which attracted viral attention before being acquired by Penguin Random House. The Captive Prince trilogy went on to become a USA Today bestseller after being published to commercial success and critical acclaim.

Her new Young Adult fantasy trilogy Dark Rise is due for release Fall 2021.

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