Reading Level: Young Adult
Length: 208 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Release Date: August 1, 2006
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Claymore series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the third volume in the Claymore manga series. This book picks up right where the 2nd book left off. I love this series, there are excellent characters, wonderful action scenes, and a really interesting world. Prior to reading these manga I did watch the whole Claymore anime series, which actually follows these books pretty well.
The second book left us right in the middle of a battle between Clare and a Voracious Eater. This book picks up in the middle of that battle. With the battle wrapped up we start a series of stories about Teresa of the Faint Smile. Teresa is not a nice lady, but her history ties in with Clare’s.
I continue to love this world where Claymore struggle against Yoma, it’s an interesting and detailed world and the Claymore are fascinating. In this book we learn a bit more about the limitations of Claymore and how they are different from normal humans.
We also meet Teresa of the Faint Smile, she is a truly frightening Claymore. There are some excellent battle scenes throughout. Teresa’s story also brings up into some of Clare’s background and we start to learn the story of how Clare became a Claymore.
I really do love the illustration in these, it is easy to follow and detailed. I also love that they have a synopsis of “the story so far” at the beginning of the book…I wish more manga series did this.
Overall this is an absolutely fantastic dark fantasy manga series. I highly recommend for those who like dark fantasy. This series has excellent characters, wonderful action scenes, and a fascinating world. I can’t wait to see what happens in Volume 4.