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Knife's Edge: A Graphic Novel (Four Points, Book 2) Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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Gr 4–8—Picking up after the events of Compass South, this high seas novel set in the 19th century finds twins Alex and Cleo reunited with their father. Using the watch and pocketknife recovered in the last book, Cleo learns the coordinates for the treasure they've been seeking, and Captain Tarboro agrees to set sail for it—in exchange for a portion. Still followed by the pirate Felix Worley, the group stop for supplies in Hawaii, where they pick up an old friend, Luther, and are pursued by Louisa, Worley's right-hand woman. A wreck reunites them with people from Tarboro's past, but family loyalty is tested by a decision Cleo makes. Full of adventure and some adolescent angst, this is a fast-paced, absorbing tale. The characters, including the villains, are fully realized, with detailed backstories and motivations. Mock uses panels in various sizes to heighten the drama, effectively shifting from close-ups to wide shots. The palette is rich, changing to match the mood of the narrative, and the characters are expressive. VERDICT With exploits and intrigue aplenty, this story will appeal to anyone who loves a rollicking good read. Though this is a stand-alone, those who are familiar with the previous book will get more out of this second installment.—Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Library, WA
“Larson's tale takes an insular turn within this volume, offering exciting back story for her well-established cast of characters . . . As in its predecessor, every question answered leads the twins to more questions to be asked, and it ends with a breath-catching cliffhanger. An action-packed sophomore volume, with no loss of wind in its sails.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Full of adventure and some adolescent angst, this is a fast-paced, absorbing tale. The characters, including the villains, are fully realized, with detailed backstories and motivations. Mock uses panels in various sizes to heighten the drama, effectively shifting from close-ups to wide shots. The palette is rich, changing to match the mood of the narrative, and the characters are expressive . . . With exploits and intrigue aplenty, this story will appeal to anyone who loves a rollicking good read.” ―School Library Journal
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I read Compass South right before I read this one, and I’m glad that I did. While I’ve seen it said that this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the first book of the two before reading this one, because it really fills you in on a bunch of essential background information that you’ll appreciate knowing while reading this book.
Knife’s Edge picks up where Compass South leaves off, on the boat with Alex and Cleo, as well as their father. They already know that both of their heirlooms from their mother – the pocket watch and the knife – are tools for solving a riddle and breaking a code that will take them both closer to finding a treasure.
Since they are all setting sail with Captain Tarboro, who promises to take them to find their treasure in return for some of it (if they find it), there is some family drama…including both Alex and their father putting Cleo down because she wants to do things that they don’t think are fit for girls, such as sword fighting. I really like how they add in some sibling rivalry here…it makes the main characters – both Alex and Cleo – seem a lot more real and it gives the story plenty of ways to branch off.
Anyway, the entire graphic novel tells about the twins and their journey to find the treasure that was left to them by their mother. There is so much adventure, family drama, and even a tiny bit of romance going on here, and it’s such an amazing sequel for the first book.
The character that we love from the first book are back, including Alex, Cleo, Luther, and Captain Tarboro, and so is the twins’ father, who really makes this book feel more loving and family oriented. There’s adventure, betrayal, and just the right amount of romance in here to please everyone.
If you haven’t read Compass South I think you could still enjoy this book, but I really think it would be more enriching and enjoying to read that book first. Knife’s Edge brings us so much more of what we know and love from the first book in the duology, with tons more excitement, pirates, and adventure!
Like the first book, Compass South, the author and illustrator have created a one of a kind, amazing story for middle graders, young adults, and adults alike. This book is the kind of book that can change the way that some people view graphic novels – it’s definitely become one of my favorites, and I plan on reading both books again very soon. Also, after reading these two books, I will definitely be adding anything by these two to my “must read” lists!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - thank you!
The illustration continues to be well done and easy to follow. I loved the adventure and the treasure hunting.
This book pretty much wrapped up the story and I am curious to find out if there will be any additional book in this series.
Overall this was a great continuation and/or conclusion to this series. I would love to see more adventures with Cleo and Alex and the future.