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Friday, August 7, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Muirwood The Lost Abby

Issue #1 of a 5 Issue Series
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Graphic Novel
Publication: Issue #1 - Aug 26, 2015
Acquisition: NetGalley

Told in graphic novel form, Muirwood: The Lost Abbey introduces an all-new chapter in Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood universe.
Maia, the daughter of the king of Comoros, has been banished, her rank and station taken away. Although magic is forbidden of women in her world, Maia secretly learned...and now her desperate father has sent her on a dangerous quest to save their kingdom. Protected by a hired killer, Maia voyages to another realm—the cursed shores of Dahomey, where an ancient Blight has destroyed all the inhabitants. Maia believes she can restore the deadly lands by using her magic medallion, but if she’s discovered wielding her clandestine power, she will most certainly be hunted down and killed.
(from Goodreads)

3.5 / 5 Stars

I've got a couple of things to say about this one so it's time for...

(like a stuffy PowerPoint presentation you can't get away from only 

First off - My Feelings
  • I liked it 
  • The story is an interesting one - lots of magic and secrets
  • I also liked the art - subdued colors that worked with the story - great imagery - clear character distinctions
  • I easily connected with the MC Maia and her plight
  • The 1st person POV and the way Maia speaks to the reader worked really well in explaining the background story
  • While I wasn't blow away by the story I DO want to see where it goes

Secondly - Background
  • It's based on the Legends of Muirwood series by Jeff Wheeler 
  • I've hadn't read this series but I don't think that was a hindrance to me enjoying this comic
  • The story of this comic comes from Jeff Wheeler 
  • It's written by Matt Sturges and Dave Justus 
  • With art by Alex Shekman
  • Published by Jet City Comics (which I've never heard of but am now feel like I want to know them...)

Thirdly (Third off?) (Who's on third!?) -- Some logistics
  • I read this via NetGalley and at the time of this post, other NetGalley members can request a copy at this link
  • It's a Kindle Series and what this means is:
    • You pay 1 price to buy - currently its pre-order price is $5.99
    • On Aug 26th the first Issue will be delivered to your Kindle
    • 4 more issues will follow (on 9/23, 10/28, 11/25 and 12/23)
    • Each new issues will be added to the one on your Kindle and you'll get an email when it has been delivered

In conclusion!
I would have to say I would recommend this series for fans of fantasy graphic novels. For around $1.20 an issue, it's totally worth it. I would also say, if you are already a fan of Wheeler's Muirwood series, this should be a automatic buy for you. Even if you're not a fan of graphic novels, if you know and love the story, more of the story is always a good thing :)

I'm pretty sure I'm going to be purchasing this one. The price is good, the story is good, I always like being introduced to new graphic novel publications and the idea of the Kindle Series, where SURPRISE! here's something new and cool you already paid for already on your Kindle waiting for you is very intriguing. 

*disclaimer - the pre-order price link above does link to Amazon but I am NOT an affiliate. 

Told you it would be way more fun then a PowerPoint Presentation :)

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