by Jun Mochizuki, 180 pages
Break joins Oz and the others at the opera for an information-trading meeting with the leader of one of the other noble houses. They want to know more about Glen Baskerville and the tragedy of Sablier...but are more shocked by the revelations of mysterious, clownish Break's past.
Considering some of the dark places this series goes, it does a good job of sprinkling in humor to keep the mood from being oppressive. That said, some of the things we learn--and some of the things we suspect--make the reader worry for the characters and their fragile relationships.