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Nobody messes with Broxo, a young warrior with a wicked sword, a fierce horned-beast companion, and a fearless resolve. Which, to be fair, might be because nobody else lives on Peryton Peak. Except for that untrustworthy witch and those zombified corpses, who all kind of mess with Broxo. And Princess Zora of a far-off family, who comes to the mountain to find the lost Peryton clan and stirs everything up in Broxo’s solitary existence. Together they slash, stab, sneak, and snark their way through the mystery of what happened to Broxo’s people. Giallongo’s art sits somewhere between Jeff Smith’s Bone and Richard Pini’s Elfquest, which is about as ideal a spot for a fantasy comic as you could hope. While not exactly splashing around the page, there’s some serious bloodshed as a result of the intense, sword-swinging action sequences, though the violence never strays into the gratuitous territory. A strong graphic-novel debut that touches on ideas of loyalty, friendship, betrayal, and heritage with the crisp zing of a blade slicing the air. Grades 7-10. --Ian Chipman

About the Author

Zack Giallongo was born and raised in Massachusetts, although one half of his family lives in Indiana. Between New England and the Midwest, he's a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. He currently lives with two cats and enjoys playing the banjo. He also likes cheese, bowling, and writing in the third person. Broxo is his first graphic novel.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435513
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved the artwork, very beautiful.
The story is good. Not super deep, but I find that a simpler story is usually more appealing for me.
We've got Princess Zora, a girl on a mission to find the Peryton Clan, attempting to bring her people closer with the neighboring kingdoms. But all she finds are dangerous animals, the walking dead, and a wild boy living alone.

The only downside I'd give this book is that it seems to want to build a world bigger than what this one book will allow it, i.e, we get occasional references to clans and creatures we never ever get to see. I understand that the author intended for this to extend to four volumes, but the remaining three have not been picked up yet, and may not ever be picked up again. It's always good to plan for a single story before going after the big picture.
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Reason for Reading: I seem to be taking a break from fantasy these days but this "classic high fantasy" appealed to me and I was hoping it would be suitable for my son.

I really enjoyed this novel. Not only on my own level but once I got into the story I also started reading with an eye out for my son's appreciation, as a struggling reader needing high-interest stories this fits the bill to a "T". Broxo is a wonderful "quest" fantasy. Set in an alien humanoid world, Zora sets off to prove herself to her family by helping to reunite the five realms in search of the lost tribe of Peryton. Here she meets Broxo, a warrior of her own age and his pet, a gigantic snow beast. They are not quick to make friends, both being quite self-centered and egotistical; but as events unfold and they come to realise they need each other's attributes to succeed they become friends. They meet up with a mysterious non-human woman whose status of evil or good is questionable, a horde of zombie-like people, the ghost of an ancestor and a beast out to get Broxo to revenge his mother's death. All the while, the mystery as to what happened to Broxo's clan which disappeared when he was a baby must be solved. An entertaining story with plenty of action. With both a male and female main character it should appeal to everyone but Broxo himself is the scene stealer along with his ginormous (yet somehow cute) pet. The battle scenes are intense with blood but no gore and the suspense of the story is maintained throughout. All the characters are sympathetic to the reader and this is a very satisfying read. Completely age appropriate to the recommended age group and well beyond.
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The story wasn't fantastic, but it was still a good read for a rainy day. Art is OK. I kept it and
didn't sell it when I was finished, so I must have liked it pretty well. If you like a lot of deep thought and plot twist,
the story may not go deep enough for you. It had a plot and reveals it in good time, but somehow it isn't fantastic, just
"enjoyable".
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My son is not a big reader, and wanted something sci-fi, but he got out of bed one night and asked to read "just one more chapter to make sure that everyone was going to be alright." So I had to read it as well. Good read. We hope to see the remainder of the series completed. (Hopefully sooner than later.)
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The story opens with Zora, a young female warrior, traveling to a distant mountain in search of the Peryton clan rumored to live there. Instead she finds Broxo and his pet/guardian. Zora discovers that the people she is looking for are all gone, leaving undead monsters in their wake.

The book is directed more toward younger readers, probably what would be called middle grade. The humor and mannerisms of the main characters would appeal to that age group more. I feel like the book can be enjoyed by a wide range of readers though. As the story unfolds, Zora and Broxo develop a deep friendship and even come to rely on one another. Both of the characters are searching for something more than they are willing to admit, even to themselves.

The pacing on the book felt great at times and really stunted at other times. Perhaps it is related to the transitions between chapters, but it definitely seemed inconsistent. The art wasn't bad, but it certainly didn't wow me either. This may be due to the fact that it is targeted at younger readers and the creator was trying to make things feel relatable to that audience.

All in all it is a decent fantasy story featuring zombies, a giant white dog thing, witches and ghosts.
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The title character is the only survivor of a mountain tribe. He spends his days hunting and hanging out with his sidekick, a gigantic snow beast. And avoiding deadly creatures.

Everything's going fine until Princess Zora shows up looking for a lost clan, and then suddenly it's all zombies and witches and ghosts! What the heck! Before it's over, a mystery will finally be solved...
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Graphic Novel Review by Chris for Book Sake
There is a really subtle brilliance with Broxo. The story is simple fare with an appropriate climatic ending, but the real power of this book is the moments in between the story. The characters feel alive in this book. The relationship that blossoms between the two main characters is tangible. Even the back story of secondary characters and the villain gain a life of their own. I could really see Broxo and Zoro being a kid's favorite new characters.

The book is very easy to read. It never feels heavy on the story, but it still seems to say so much. It has the feel of a classic about it. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I read these books that felt so real that I wanted to be in that world and I'd imagine myself there. That's what Broxo did. It transported me back to when I was kid and I pretend sticks were swords and trees were evil knights.

The artwork is expressive and character's emotions display vividly on the page. It ranges from humor to anger to embarrassment and delivers that all perfectly. The action sequences really carry a lot of speed and intensity.

You really can't go wrong with this book. I found myself wanting to snuggle up in bed with this book and be engulfed by it. Bonus points for zombies as well.

Graphic Novel Review by Kole for Book Sake
Broxo is all about the characters. The story may not be all that, but watching the characters and how they interact is a treat. Each one has their own personality and some you just hate. The author does a great job at pulling emotions from you for these characters. You root for the good guys and hate the baddies.
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