Friday, July 10, 2020

The Knights of Mars by Alex Alice - ADVISABLE

The Knights of Mars (Castles in the Stars #3) by Alex Alice, 54 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. First Second (Macmillan). 2019, $20.

Content G



Seraphin, Hans, and Sophie return from the moon in 1869 with aetherite, a miraculous substance that defies gravity.  Unfortunately, they must remain hidden to keep it safe from the Prussians.  The Knights of Aether must rescue King Ludwig and Professor Dulac on the farthest reaches of the Prussian empire-Mars!

You will want to read the first two volumes before jumping into this one.  Translated from French, the storyline would make more sense to readers who have a basic grasp of European history.  The art is visually stunning. The size of the book is one of its strengths and weaknesses.  It is picture book sized, which allows the art to really shine, but is not the standard size to fit on your shelf.  The storyline is intriguing, but much too short.  There are many threads left dangling at the end, so with a deep sigh, I will just have to wait for book four. 

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