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A Beautifully Illustrated and Crafted Story - Keep Them Coming!
on September 2, 2010
My nine-year-old and I have been following this series since its start and the only thing we don't like is the wait between books.
The illustrations are fantastic. With each book, Kibuishi adds stunning visual elements. In book one, it was simply the introduction to this new world. Then in the second he added walking house and new animal-based characters. In this book he opens a whole new aerial world filled with airships, flying beasts and floating structures. The pictures just keep drawing you through the book, occasionally punctuated with arresting landscape spreads.
The story line is also perfect in several ways. Perhaps the most important is that there isn't anything offensive in the story. I feel perfectly safe handing these books to my kids, and yet the storyline is engaging for adults to enjoy, (even without gore, swearing, or sexual innuendo.) I'm not a prude, but it is nice that I can trust my kids won't come away with another four-letter word in their vocabulary.
The story is well paced with episodes of tension and peril. The story really draws you along page after page in something of a roller coaster ride. However there are a couple deeper levels that continue to haunt the storyline and help keep up a strong sense of suspense. All in all, a great storyline for a graphic novel series.
The Character development is also impressive, and for those who have read the first two books you will appreciate the development of relationships between characters. Especially intriguing is the growing suspicion and tension between the main character Emily and Prince Trellis (a former and perhaps current enemy) as well as a relationship between Emily and the amulet which is somewhat reminiscent of Frodo and the ring from the Lord of the rings.
Seriously, if there was anything I would be critical of in this series, it would be that we can't wait for the next installment. And not to spoil the ending - much like the first book in the series - this one ends in a cliffhanger with many unanswered questions. So we will start our monthly searches for pre-order information for book 4.
I highly recommend this series for anyone with 6 to 12 year olds. We used the first book with our son to help foster a lifelong love of reading and he is continuing to blossom as a reader.