And then everything changed.
While volume 15 technically starts a “new” arc it is an immediate continuation of the last one and the series in general builds off all that has come before. This is not the place to start reading – go back to the beginning.
The Genesis of War (complete: part 1-5) opens with the continuing battle in Rabona against an awakened one. This is a strong follow up to last volumes events with Galatea and Miata and it’s quite interesting to see the seven in action. The remainder of this arc fills in a lot of important information on the existing status quo and where the series will be going from here, splitting time between the seven, Riful, and Raki.
The revelations here are absolutely amazing. To say that the information Miria shares from her investigation changes the landscape of the entire series is no exaggeration. But it doesn’t end there – Riful’s need for one skilled in reading Yoma energy is explained in another big twist that connects back to a separate lingering mystery from earlier in the series. All together this arc signifies a major shake up that will shape several plot threads going forward and yet fits beautifully with everything that came before.
This volume closes with part 1 of The Lamentation of the Earth. The seven have temporarily disbanded into smaller groups to settle remaining personal business before pursuing their main objective. Cynthia and Uma accompany Clare to the West in search of Raki, but it doesn’t take long to run into something else. This chapter ends on a very strong hook into the next volume.
More than any before this volume showcases what a masterful combination of layered storytelling Yagi is achieving with Claymore. Highly recommended.