Release Date: March 17, 2015
Type: Graphic Novel, Comic Book, Magic, Time Travel (sorta?), Fantasy, Parallel Worlds, Kids grow up so fast...
About the Book: For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could have occurred...but it couldn't prepare them for what happened when he returned. Skybound's newest hit turns fantasy into reality in this all-new series from the creator of Nailbiter and Ghosted. Pick up this introductory-priced collection and see what everyone's talking about! Collects Birthright #1-5 [Summary provided by Netgalley.com]
My Review: This was a fun volume to read, and definitely entertaining enough that I had to read it all in one sitting. But ultimately, I don't feel like I have to keep going. I don't think I connected to everyone as much as I wanted to - but this is only volume one of what will be an epic series. This happens. I can't fall into insta-love with every comic book series. If I was given the second volume, I would gladly read it, but this is not a story I will desperately be hunting in stores.
Would it be odd if I said this felt almost like an adult version of Chronicles of Narnia? There are a lot of similarities - kid gets sucked into a different world, fulfills his destiny (or does he?) and comes back to his original world, only to find not as much time has passed. There are some huge differences, obviously - he comes back as a fully grown adult, and a year has passed, not mere seconds. This connection to a childhood series might turn some people off, but it's what drew me to Birthright to begin with. I love reading about people from our ordinary mundane world getting thrown into a fantasy world they never knew existed.
I can really see the potential in this series. And really, Volume 1: Homecoming is a great start. Just, as stated, I wasn't immediately desperate for more.
Cover Lovin': I like this cover. It doesn't do much to give the reader a good idea of what to expect, but it certainly is attention grabbing.
Recommendation: For fans of destiny! And this almost has a Chronicles of Narnia vibe, with the being transported to a magic world. Mind you, it's a heck of a lot darker than that.
Final Rating: THREE POINT FIVE out of FIVE stars (3.5/5). There was a lot about this I liked. But ultimately, I didn't feel like I absolutely had to read more.
~!~ Amanda at Novel Addiction ~!~