Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 08 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #8)

ISBN: 1421504596
ISBN 13: 9781421504599
By: Hiromu Arakawa Akira Watanabe

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In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical "auto-mail" limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother's bodies...the legendary Philosopher's Stone.The raid on the Devil's Nest becomes a slaughter, as government troops - led by the Fuhrer President himself, King Bradley - exterminate the half-human forces of the Homunculus Greed. But will Ed and Al survive the battle unchanged? As Greed is sent to meet his maker, foreign travelers arrive in Amestris, having crossed the great desert from the eastern country of Xing. Their names are Mei and Ling, and they've come for the Philosopher's Stone...and a secret even the Elric brothers never imagined...

Reader's Thoughts

Heather Ingemar

Um... how many more volumes do I have to go??? :)


Another fun installment. Some interesting advances in plot. Best part: Barry hitting on Hawkeye = priceless. XD


More reviews at Rondo of a Possible World: YA Book Reviews Action-packed, thickening plot, three-dimensional characters, and humor drizzled on each character, Fullmetal Alchemist is a book that should definitely be read by all. Left me with tears in my eyes and a warm heart for every character that you meet along Ed and Al's long journey.


I like Volume 8 for its death scenes. Very potent without being graphic.We also get the hint of Xing and understanding that the FMA world is bigger than just Amestris.There is also a pretty big reveal of one of the characters that will keep the reader wondering when the others will catch on.


Definitely a very dark beginning for Volume 8. After the huge plot twist at the end of Volume 7 the rest of the fall out occurs in the start of Volume 8. It’s very dark and very sinister and while some pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place many more questions remain unanswered. I also thought the soldiers at the beginning wondering who wasn’t human (the chimeras and Greed or the alchemists and King Bradley) was very illuminating of where things are in the series right now.The plot lightens up a bit after that as several new characters (and a whole new country!) gets introduced in the form of Xing. A country that uses a different form of alchemy that is more focused on the healing arts, and as a result thinks of alchemy in a very different way from the war-centric Amestris. Some very humorous scenes commence, especially the ones with the little girl Mei and her reaction on learning about Edward, the Fullmetal Alchemist.Volume 8 was definitely a turning point in the series as new characters, new countries and a whole new viewpoint is brought into the manga. The moments of darkness offset with scenes of humor and witty banter that are true throughout the series really come to play in this volume. Another winning chapter in the Fullmetal Alchemist saga.


First thing: for those of you reading this in email form, follow the link and check out the cover showing Ed practicing his unique form of unarmed combat. I'll wait.Back? Done giggling/wondering what's wrong with me? Okay, now for the volume eight character review!There are a lot of people I'd love to cover, and some of them I don't want to mention until later, to save some spoilers for those who haven't yet read any/all of the books (but do intend to do so), so after much deliberation, I've settled on Maes Hughes.Lieutenant Colonel Hughes works for military intelligence. He lives, however, for his wife and daughter, to the point of annoying everyone around him with his effusive praise—and frequent photo sharing—of them. He's also Roy Mustang's closest friend and strong supporter, incredibly fond of the Elric brothers, generous, kind, deceptively intelligent, and a skilled knife-fighter.Like so many others, he served his time in the war with Ishbal and, although not guilty of the wholesale slaughter committed by State Alchemists, he fired his share of bullets and was complicit in the murder of an incompetent superior officer. He was also good for keeping morale up and liaising between the regular soldiers and the alchemists—the former of whom were as terrified of the latter as the Ishballans were. Following a specific moment in the war, he was completely disillusioned by his country. Consequently, he and Mustang decided to work toward changing it so that more young men and women couldn't be forced into becoming murderers. Maes is among the most popular characters in the entire run of the series, very likely because there is passion, dedication, loyalty, and a fierce desire to better life to everyone buried beneath a doofy exterior, and he can flip between the two with absolutely no warning.

Raymond Brown

one of my all time favorite series! Awesome story and art! the anime is great also!


** spoiler alert ** Edward Elrick is a boy whose brother is a robot. He is currently looking for a magical stone called a Philosopher's Stone to revive his mother and bring his brother back to human form. However, he found a prince from another village and wishes to team up with him. But, the prince and Edward wants the same thing, the stone.This book is a volume of a set. Even though this and Volume 9 was the only books I read on this saga, I finished the story through the cartoon. In the end, because of brotherly love, the 2 brothers survive, only to be seperated for a long time.


My son says this one is definitely his favorite so far.


The president's ultra-violence at the start of this volume is a shock -- up until know there have been fights and violence, but they were more just action sequences. Here, the president slaughters all the chimera, and the graphic nature turns the story darker and more intense; the snake-woman being killed inside Alphonse was brutal. Al and Ed are obviously being pulled further into the real conspiracy of this story, and I'm having a harder time putting these books down.

Christa Seeley

Really liked this issue. Lots of great characters were get introduced to and some interesting twists/events. Oh and I adore Lieutenant Hawkeye.

Federiken Masters

Primer y esperemos que único tomo de la serie en bajar a tres estrellitas. ¿Tanto empeora de golpe que la calidad baja un 20% de golpe? No, si en vez de una medida de cinco estrellitas se usara una de diez, seguro le habría bajado un solo punto. Y no porque la historia vaya empeorando ni nada por el estilo, sino porque llega un punto en el que me parece que la autora empezó a dudar qué hacer con los personajes principales y no se le ocurrió otra que correr para adelante y sacar de la galera otro toquito de personajes que vienen de lejano oriente y que no se entiende si son buenos, malos, neutros, humanos, homúnculos o qué. A simple vista parecen bastante simpáticos estos "xinitos", pero en cuanto al desarrollo de la historia en sí, la verdad es que lo entorpecen bastante. Cuando haga una releída íntegra de toda la serie quizás vea la "big picture" y le suba algún punto. Por ahora, y desde mi imnorancia, se queda con tricota.

Starkville Public Library Young Adult Section

The battle continues in the Devil's Nest, but it seems that more is going on than meets the eye. (Do you get it? It's a clue! Look for the clue!)

Aidan Jones

This was the best of the series so far so many secrets unraveled! It explains the science behind alchemy even further.

The Third Place A Teen Library

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