Reading Level: Adult
Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: October 7, 2008)
Stand Alone or Series: 25th volume in the Berserk series
Rating: 5/5 stars
“Guts the Black Swordsman just can’t seem to find a little peace. On his way to the idyllic tranquility of his miniature pal Puck’s homeland of Elfhelm, Guts and his companions, at the behest of a local witch, assist a village beset by a plague of hideous and deadly trolls. Assisted by the witch’s disciple, Schierke, the warrior band manages to turn the tide against the beasts, but when a monstrous ogre hits town, a tide of another kind is needed, a mystic flood to wash the town clean. But when Casca and Farnese are carried away by the flood, they become prisoners in the troll’s den, where a fate far worse than any imaginable death awaits!”
This is the 25th volume in the Berserk series. In this volume Guts and crew defend a town from trolls, an ogre, and a kelpie. We also get to watch Schierke wield some pretty awesome magic. At the end of it the trolls are swept away but so are Casca and Lady Farnese; they have both been taken captive by the trolls.
Schierke teaches us a lot more about how magic works and explains about the different astral planes. The addition of magic to the series has been fascinating and I really enjoy it. I love Schierke as a character and think she’s added a lot of interest.
The artwork continues to be well done and I enjoy where the story has been heading. This series continues to stay new and fresh and I am loving it.
Overall a great addition to this series; this is such a high quality manga series and has remained consistently so. I would recommend to mature readers who enjoy fantasy horror manga series.
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