- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: I Box Pub; 1 edition (November 25, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0968102514
- ISBN-13: 978-0968102510
- Package Dimensions: 10 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thieves & Kings Volume Two, The Green Book Paperback – November 25, 1997
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...[s]ounds pretty cool, eh? Well, try it with this modification: The thief is a 14-year-old kid. Such is the premise of Mark Oakley's Thieves & Kings, a wildly entertaining, incredibly inventive series evocative of the very best in fairy tales, fantasy literature, and, yes comic books. Like Dave Sim, Jeff Smith, and James Owen (his spiritual if not thematic predecessors), Oakley has carefully and conscientiously laid down the framework for a wholly unique milieu that is his and his alone. From the vaguely Arabian feel of the city to the hodgepodge of citizens to the intricately-designed costumes and implements of the characters, Oakley has conjured a new realm and allowed us to peek in. Those aren't panel borders, people--they're the windowframe to the magic glass through which we peer into another world... -- Barry Lyga
About the Author
Living in Toronto, and now sharing studio space with friend and fellow comic book artist/publisher, Tara Tallan, M'Oak continues to write and draw Thieves & Kings.
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I love this graphic novel series! Even better than the first volume! The fantasy/quest becomes much more involved as two very important characters are introduced, the wizard Quinton who has been mentioned in the first volume but is missing, and his apprentice the young girl Heath Wingwhit. Rubel's story and Quinton & Heath's are separated by 1,000 years introducing a time paradox element to the tale. One character common to both stories is the Shadow Lady and much information is slowly revealed leaving the reader curious, confused and scrambling to piece the mysteries together. I had started to form an idea as to who someones true identity might be but was proven wrong towards the end of this volume when a particularly splendid reveal caused the story to become even more engaging. The new character's are funny, Quinton is a boy but someone who is thousand's of years old and is the quintessential bumbling and mumbling albeit incredibly intelligent wizard. Heath is a girl with no fears and a take no prisoners attitude who is loyal to her mentor, even when everyone else is positive he is off his rocker. Great dynamics between these two make for fun reading. I still think the story is suitable for middle grade and up, though unfortunately the word "d*mn" has been added to the vocabulary and overused without any need except to perhaps make the story appear more grown up to older readers. I'd label the story for YA but suitable for older and younger. I can't wait to continue on with this series and hope once I get home my library will be able to supply the remaining five volumes for me.
This is not a story that tries to imitate Tolkien, or that is derived from trite fantasy genres like D&D. Though some of the words/concepts may seem familiar, their importance and function are not what you would find in the standard tripe that litters the fiction landscape. For example: one of the main characters, the Thief, is not a thief. He is a creature of magic (though very real), a person of honor, loyalty, integrity, and innocence. And perhaps it would be more accurate to think of him as THE Thief. He really is too complicated to explain here, but he is a wonderful character.
Anyway, I can't recommend this story enough to you. BUY IT! YOU'LL LIKE IT! Mark Oakley has stepped outside of clichéd stereotypes, and tired old story telling tools, to tell a tale in a wonderful new world, using an exciting new mythology that is at once fresh & surprising and comfortable & easy to believe. He has crafted characters that are interesting and endearing, without being saccharin and sappy. The story is epic and nuanced, personable with the characters and grandiosely spanning ages. It's really REALLY GREAT!
If you're scared, just buy the 1st book. That's all it will take to get you hooked. If you're smart, you'll buy the first 2 or 3 books; that way when you finish the first book, and you realize that you must have all of them, you'll get to read a book or 2 more while you're waiting for the rest of them to arrive in the mail. See? It would pay to plan ahead. If you don't want to believe me, go and sell yourself on it by visiting his website and reading a little of it, peruse his art work, read other reviews!
Go to Mark Oakley's Thieves & Kings website! Look at more of his stuff there! Buy from him! STOP WASTING TIME READING THIS AND BUY THESE BOOKS!
No, I don't know Mark Oakley. I have never met him. I gain nothing from you buying his products, or anything else from IBox Publishing. So, that's all I have to say about that.
Amazon incorrectly lists these books as being, 'Out of Print.' They are not.
I just don't sell to Amazon anymore due to the poor economics of the affair. After they take their 50% retailer's cut, and after I pay for shipping the books to Amazon, my publishing company winds up either barely breaking even, or more often than not, actually losing money on each sale. If Amazon were to order in proper quantity, say 30 at a time, and thereby justify their retailer's volume discount, then it would all work nicely because shipping in volume is much less expensive than sending copies one at a time as sales click through! Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't work this way. During the three years I was selling through Amazon, a lot of T&K books were purchases by Amazon customers. I figured, "Oh, well it's only a handful of sales every week or two. It's worth it for the advertising value." Well, after a while, those sales added up to hundreds of dollars worth, and I got tired of watching Amazon profit from my work while I ran in circles.
Small press is a wonderful thing, but unfortunately, in my case it doesn't work well with the Amazon business model.
So if you want to purchase copies of this or any of the Thieves & Kings books, please swing by my company website at. . .
The books are popular and they are ALWAYS in print.