Title: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash 13: Heart, Open, A New Door
Author: Ao Jyumonji
Series: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Book 13 of 18+)
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DISCLAIMER! This is the review of the 13th book of the series, so it could contain spoiler of the previous ones even in the synopsis. Read at your discretion.
Leaving behind Yume, who has parted ways with the rest of them, Haruhiro and the rest travel on a pirate ship to the free city of Vele. There, they decide to make their way towards the still-distant Alterna by defending the suspicious trader Kejiman’s caravan.
Their journey goes surprisingly well. Or so they think, until they encounter the legendary Leslie Camp… or at least a massive tent they think might be it. In what may be a twist of fate, they set foot inside it, and…?!
“Haruhiro… welcome to Parano.”
Led on by a mysterious individual in a raincoat, their mysterious adventure into the next world, Parano, begins!
We are nearer to the return of the group to Alterna, where I sincerely hope they will get back with the Day Breakers, trying to return to their original World; I found this to be the most interesting main plot but it seems that, seeing the developments of this book, we will still have to wait for that part.
In fact, the journey to Alterna evolves in an experience that initially seemed to be oniric but then mutate into a real nightmare. I totally wasn’t expecting a twist like that in the series of Grimgar.
Looking at the group now makes me feel nostalgic. Some characters have changed and some aren’t in the group anymore… sure! Yume might come back… but seeing her leaving to train made me think about how the group changed and grew.
The part where the journey to Alterna gets stopped once again is probably one of my least favorite ones and knowing that will continue in the next volume is a bummer.
At the moment, for me this is the worst book of the series and I’m hating how much I’m waiting for their return to Alterna and things continuously get delayed.