The brothers are separated for the first time in the whole series. Al is with a couple chimeras, Dr Marcoh, Winry, Scar, and Mae. They send Mae back to her country with the secret of the homunculi, but she is tricked into going back to Central City instead. Al takes his whole group back to Reole where it all began, and they find Hohenheim working to rebuild the town. Meanwhile, Ed is with another couple chimeras, and they run across Greed in Ling’s body. They decide to work together against the homunculi after Greed regains some of his memories about Wrath going after his friends. Hohenheim reveals that the day will be soon upon them when the homunculi will act on their plans for Amestris, so the different factions start putting plans into place, including Mustang and what he can do from Central Command.
There is a deceptive note of finality in this book, which means we're entering the end phase of the storyline. There are still four more volumes, but we've entered the final push to the climax of our conflict. Edward and Al are separated, but both of them are preparing for their final battle against the Homunculi. Also in this volume, we start to get a sense of just how many people are involved in this plot against the Homunculi, whether they know what they're actually fighting or not. Some characters from the beginning of the series make a comeback and someone helpful to the cause, and there is a glimmer of hope that Ed and Al just might be able to amass enough folks together to beat this centuries-old force that is the Homunculi.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6, vol 7, vol 8, vol 9, vol 10, vol 11, vol 12, vol 13
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
ISBN: 9781974700004 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Action Adventure
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