This volume concludes the Lost Children arc, which was not among my favorites. There is plenty of fast-paced action, but I thought it did not contribute much to the overall story. The main appeal comes from the uncertainty about what will happen between Guts and the Queen of the Elves. The queen is trying to convince Jill to join them, and Guts is set on annihilating them all. The relevant questions are: Will Guts be able to overwhelm the powerful queen? What is he going to do about Jill? Will he become a monster after all?
After the arc finishes, we get four chapters from the new arc Binding Chain. This one I am truly enjoying, because the suspense has been building as the group has been chasing Guts through his trail of destruction. The Knight of the Holy Iron Chains are an interesting group, especially in what has to do with their faith, and one of the main attractions comes in the form of their commander. Farneze seems to be out of her depth, but maybe that is not the case. What is definitely true is that her interactions with Guts provide a new layer of depth to the story, and we are left with many questions for the next volume.
Those that like me found the Lost children arc to be less than magnificent (though is was still pretty good) may rest assured that there is better stuff coming down the pipe.