Monday, 24 August 2015

Book Review: Muirwood: The Lost Abbey

'Muirwood: The Lost Abbey' by Jeff Wheeler, Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus, Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John

Rating: 2 stars

A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Maia, the daughter of king Comoros, has been secretly learning magic despite it being forbidden in her kingdom for women to do so. When she is recruited by her father, she is sent on a mission to save her kingdom.

I loved the cover art for this book, so I was a little disappointed with the internal art as well as the story itself. The cover suggested a story filled with adventure and magic with a strong female heroine, but I felt let down on all of those aspects.

Of course, this comic series is a branch from Wheeler's book series which could explain why I felt distant from the world portrayed in this story, but I feel like much more could have been learnt in that small space of time. There was a vague introduction to the world and to magic, but I imagine the actual story will begin in the second issue.

Maia is clearly meant to be a strong female character and I believe she could be a very interesting one, but the story was too short to truly see that. Her relationship with her father has a lot of potential for the reader to learn more about both characters, but this issue didn't give enough background to either character or what motivates them.

I doubt I will continue reading this Kindle Serial or the books it accompanies as although it may have potential, I don't find it to stand out from any other fantasy series I've read.

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- Helia

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