Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Enchanted Chest by Jean-François Chabas - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Lion Forge via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

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The Enchanted Chest
Author:  Jean-François Chabas
Illustrator: David Salas
Recent Release Date: May 9, 2018

Synopsis: Raised by a fisherman from the depths of the sea, an ornate chest soon attracts the attention of the greedy King, always searching for more treasure. But the King has a problem: nothing and nobody can open the chest. A thousand keys, a thousand tools, and a thousand swords were tried. He calls his most talented subjects to open it: the Locksmith, then the Strong Man, the Magician, and even the Alchemist—they all try their skills, and none can do it! Only the Lynx, whose magical eyes allow her to see through anything, can finally satisfy the King's curiosity. The story, like the chest, contains a beautiful and mysterious core for the intrepid reader to open, about how the treasures we crave may not be what we truly desire. 


Review: This illustrated story is an interesting fairytale about what we think versus the truth and how perception influences value. An enchanted chest is found and over the course of the story, various classic archetypes try to open the chest. This is a short story, only 28 pages, and an easy read. I give this book a 3/5.


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