Last volume we saw how Guts and Casca were able to survive the Festival. but the happiness from this accomplishment is short-lived for Guts, since now he is regretting not taking the opportunity to kill Griffith when he had the chance. However, a surprise is waiting for them back "home", and when they get there and Guts ask about Rickert, he soon realizes that Griffith is there waiting for him!
But don't get to excited, in order to get to Griffith, Guts will have to deal first with the bodyguard he brought along, and once you see who this is, you will understand that this is easier said than done. Well, Miura can't bring the series to an end yet, you understand. To compensate for this, the author does deliver in terms of moving the plot forward in this volume. This is one that is packed with story aspects. Of course, there is action, but there is also more developments than in your typical volume. I think it took me almost twice as long to read than most others.
We also get to meet some amazing new characters that have come to join Griffith in his quest. They were directed to him by the oracle and are ready to wreak havoc to help Griffith achieve his goals. As if this was not enough, we get a brief glimpse of some new characters that will aid the other side of the coin. Moreover, towards the end of the volume we take a detour into the origins of the relationship between Farnese and Serpico, and many questions get answered here.
If you want to gain a greater understanding of the overall plot that guides this series, this is a must-read volume!