Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Golden Age by Roxanne Moreil - OPTIONAL

The Golden Age (Golden Age, #1) by Roxanne Moreil, illustrated by Cyril Pedrosa, 225 pages.  GRAPHIC NOVEL  First Second (Macmillan), 2018.  $30.  

Content: Language: PG-13 (10 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13  



Princess Tilda is supposed to inherit her father's kingdom, but is usurped by her power-grabbing little brother and her mother who backs him.  As she is being carted off to a hidden prison, she is rescued by her loyal followers Tankred and Bertil.  Together the three travelers make their way to a friendly kingdom in the hopes of finding respite, but are waylaid along the way and learn that the peasants in the kingdom are being stirred to an uprising against the hierarchy.  Tilda is determined to rescue her people and get to the bottom of the peasants’ unhappiness.  

The Golden Age is beautifully bound and has heavy, colorful artistic pages.  The story of Tilda and her two loyal companions reads like a movie script.  There are a lot of characters and at first a couple of story lines to keep track of, but it starts to meld together, and I could start to see the direction of the plot.  My issues with the book are the ending, because there isn’t one at all.  I understand making a series, but this book is $30, and it feels like half a story.  The content includes hanging bodies, an arrow through the neck and battle fighting which is bloody.  Also, Tilda goes through a transformation and her silhouette is partially naked. 

Reviewer, C. Peterson    

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