Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Manga/Dark Fantasy
Size: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Release Date: April 3, 2007
Stand Alone or Series: 7th book in the Claymore series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the seventh book in the Claymore series. I continue to really really enjoy this action packed dark fantasy manga series. Previous to reading the series I watched the anime, I really enjoyed that as well. So far the manga series is following anime series pretty well (I know the manga came first)…at least as far as I can remember..it’s been awhile since I’ve watched the anime.
This book picks up right where the last one left off. Clare and Raki have fled both the Awakened Being and Ophelia. Clare is hoping that the battle with the Awakened Being will delay Ophelia long enough that Clare can get Raki to safety. However, Ophelia has realized that Clare has Awakened and will not be deterred from hunting Clare down once and for all.
A lot of very cool things happen in this installment. There is of course, tons of awesome fighting scenes throughout and they are so well done. We also meet Ilena who has perfected the Quicksword technique and is determined to help Clare out by teaching it to her.
In the course of all of this we learn a lot of secrets about Clare. We finally start to learn and understand why Clare is so weak, yet in some ways much more powerful than even the single digit Claymore. Clare is an anomaly among the Claymore and it was fascinating to finally figure out why.
Overall this series has been a wonderful blend of action, creepy monsters, fascinating plot, and amazing characters. The illustration is phenomenal and never confusing or hard to follow. I am dying to know what happens next. This is a very good manga series, one of the best I have ever read. I highly recommend it to fans of dark fantasy action-packed manga.