As I stated yesterday, Netgalley approved me for 10 books at once! Although I am very grateful, I am also starting a new job next week so it is a bit much all at once. Therefore I am using this weekend to tackle a bunch of them, the comics/graphic novels. Yesterday I read the Amazing 5* Weirn Books, and the very enjoyalbe (4*) X-O Manowar. Today wasn’t such a succes…
Each new generation, the bravest youth of the tribe must face the challenge of traveling to the Lost Kingdom of the North, to bring with them part of the treasure that their ancestors, driven from their homes by cold and hunger, abandoned in ancient times. The young contestants must pass six tests to prove their worth: stealth, cunning, speed, strength, courage, and cleverness. This time, however, the chosen one is a young woman, but the weight of tradition will force her to be escorted by a male partner. Fox and Kaya undertake the journey equipped with two halves of a map and the amulet that will help them navigate the mysterious ancient kingdom. Their journey will be plagued by orcs, goblins, giants, and ghosts, against which these two young warriors will measure themselves, compete with each other, and will ultimately have to unite against to rewrite their people’s history.
The story in this book is fairly basic. The trials and tests mentioned in the blurb hardly feature in the actual story, and instead it is mainly a treasure hunt. The addition of orcs, goblins and giants was great, but otherwise the world wasn’t too remarkable. The characters, especially the protagonists, were very bland and lacked personality. All of it was just fine, but none of it really excited me or made me feel anything really.
Apart from the art-style that is. It was absolutely stunning, and really lifted this book up. Especially when it comes to big scenery spreads it is just amazing… and this being for a large part a travel story there is plenty of gorgeous scenery to show of.
Overall though, this one was just fine for me. Stunning artwork that lifts up the mediocre story.
Visions of a dark and fantastic world haunt Paul Tanasin, but when he discovers they are prophecies from Mirandus–a world in which he’s destined to become a fearsome destroyer–He’ll have to embrace the fear, rise up as The Dark One, and shatter everything.
I was so excited to see a new to me Sanderson book appear on my Netgalley shelf. I had actually not heard anything about Dark One before that (which kinda surprised me). And guess what… I really didn’t care for it. This was such a disappointment. There was some potential, but in general it is a very basic light vs dark story. The characters were very one-dimensional and naive. The plot doesn’t make much sense and leaves a Lot unanswered, but not in an intriguing way. It is just frustrating.
I am not a fan of books that have a portal between our world and some fantasy world. They just don’t work for me. And this wasn’t an exception. The parts of the story set in our world were promising and held some intrigue for me. But everything beyond the portal I just couldn’t care less for. It utterly failed to interest me… something I hadn’t expected from a Sanderson book.
The art-style also didn’t do it for me. Some of the scenery is great, but everything else I can’t say I liked. All of it is too dark. And the action scenes are quite bad: static, with a lot of random blood splutter and ‘heroic’ (uncomfortable and unrealistic) poses. It really didn’t appeal to me.
Overall, I was very tempted to DNF this one, and only the fact that it was a graphic novel (and therefore a quick read) kept me going. Such a disappointment after I had a 5* Sanderson read earlier this week… oh well, can’t have it all I guess.
I am having quite a varied experience with these Netgalley comics it seems. But I do hope I will have some great reviews again for you tomorrow.
Hoping you are well,