Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ravine by Stjepan Sejic - Paul's REVIEW

**An ebook was provided by Diamond Book Distributors through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

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Title: Ravine
Author/Illustrator: Stjepan Sejic
Year Published: 2013

Synopsis: In a fantastic world far from our own, an ancient magic spell almost split the world in two and left an endless ravine in the north. One man, Nebezial Asheri, driven by the deaths of his wife and daughters, will attempt to reclaim that magic and bring his loved ones back to life. The forces of an entire city, Paladia, will rise to oppose him, but his greatest foes will be a ragtag band of an outcast wizard, a dragonrider, and their allies.

Review: This graphic novel is very high fantasy. The book opens up with an epic battle. Names of people, kingdoms, and more are thrown around, instantly confusing me. It was very difficult to figure out the relationships between characters. I like political fantasy, like A Song of Ice and Fire, but in A Game of Thrones everything starts in Winterfell to establish. Action is happening all over the place in this book. Maybe if this was written out and not in graphic form it would have been easier to understand. 

There are a lot of characters in this graphic novel. Towards the end I was starting to recognize them, but I still had confusion as to who was on what side, except for obvious villains. 

This graphic novel seems like someone's personal D&D game. There is beautiful imagery. The world is also very interesting. But, the story just doesn't hold for me. Maybe if the story was told in a different way. Too much happened to characters I didn't care about. 

I give this graphic novel a 3/5. The artwork is beautiful, but the story just didn't do it for me. If you are into all things high fantasy, it might be more for you. 


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