Reading Level: Adult
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Release Date: April 25, 2006
Stand Alone or Series: 11th volume in the Berserk series
Rating: 4/5 stars
“The Band of the Hawk — what’s left of them — are on the run, Guts and Casca having rescued the Hawks’ leader, Griffith, from the horrors of the King of Midland’s dungeons. Starved, tortured mercilessly and imprisoned in an iron mask, Griffith hangs to life and sanity by a thread… and he’ll be no help against the King’s latest charges sent to bring him back to pay for his dalliance with the King’s daughter. Now the depleted Hawks will have to face the Knights of the Black Dog, led by the merciless, bestial Wyald… one bad dog who’s even worse when he unleashes the beast within!”
This is the 11th volume in the Berserk series and I didn’t enjoy this volume quite as much as the previous ones. The book is mostly a big battle between the Band of the Hawk and the Knights of the Black Dog.
As with previous books there is a lot of violence and gore here including one rape scene and another almost rape scene. This series continues to be only for mature readers.
You see hints of this in volume 11 but this is book where it is revealed that Wyald is. This is also the volume where we see things going from bad to worse for the world at large.
The illustration remains really well done but the story didn’t make as much progress as it has in previous volumes.
Overall this was great continuation of the Berserk series. I am eager to see what happens next. Recommended to fans of fantasy horror with a lot of action.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– Mount TBR Reading Challenge
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
– Graphic Novel Reading Challenge
– Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge