Saturday, August 29, 2015

Muirwood: The Lost Abbey #1 by Jeff Wheeler, Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus [SHORT REVIEW]

TITLE: Muirwood: The Lost Abbey #1
AUTHOR: Jeff Wheeler,

Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus
PUBLISHER: Jet City Comics
PUB DATE: Aug 26 2015
Told in graphic novel form, Muirwood: The Lost Abbey introduces an all-new chapter in Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood universe.

Maia, the daughter of the king of Comoros, has been banished, her rank and station taken away. Although magic is forbidden of women in her world, Maia secretly learned...and now her desperate father has sent her on a dangerous quest to save their kingdom. Protected by a hired killer, Maia voyages to another realm—the cursed shores of Dahomey, where an ancient Blight has destroyed all the inhabitants. Maia believes she can restore the deadly lands by using her magic medallion, but if she’s discovered wielding her clandestine power, she will most certainly be hunted down and killed.

From renowned fantasy writers Jeff Wheeler, Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables, House of Mystery), and Dave Justus (Fables: The Wolf Among Us), featuring stunning art by Alex Sheikman (Dark Crystal: Creation Myths) and Lizzy John (Dark Crystal: Creation Myths). Covers by Inaki Miranda (Fairest).

- Source: Goodreads


Did I get the actual book on NetGalley or was that just a snippet of the entire book?

Cover and artwork are stellar but I didn't get anything from the story at all. It ended with a cliffhanger without even providing an invigorating build up of the story. While I understand there may be cliffhangers in a number of books out there, this graphic novel has shown me nothing at all. What is the Muirwood all about? What was so damning about a woman owning a Kyrstel? Why was Maia's father so keen to lock her up befor? And I have yet to even get to know any of the characters. Although this was an easy read, nothing really made sense. I've read a bunch of graphic novels and comics that will make you want to watch out for the next novel to know what happens next, but each book made sense. It provided a well delivered story albeit short and quick, but this didn't.

I really hope that when the print copy of this book comes out, all the issues will be provided in on physical copy. I believe readers would enjoy it better that way.

*Thank you, NetGalley and Jet City Comics for the copy of Muirwood: The Lost Abbey#1.

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