Thursday, August 9, 2018

Book Review: Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 3 by Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 3 by Hiromu Arakawa

The hunt for the Philosopher's Stone continues as brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric make it to Central City. Before they get there, they stop off at their home town for some repairs to their replacement limbs (or in Al's case, his whole body since his soul is magically cast into a suit of armor). After the upgrades (and some back story), they head to town only to discover the library with critical documents has been destroyed. Luckily, one of the librarians "wasted" all her time reading everything there and has a photographic memory. The key text is written in code. Can they crack it in time to craft their own philosopher's stone and get their original bodies back?

The story moves along at a nice pace. The librarian character is fun and the story provides a surprising amount of philosophical and theological discussion (anything above zero is surprising to me, so don't expect a treatise). The story is fun and intriguing with a cliffhanger ending, so I have already ordered Volume 4 from my own library.


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