Type: Graphic Novel, Illustrated Novel, Journal, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Travelogue, Here Be Dragons
About the Book: On the trail of dragons forgotten, an intrepid illustrator and reporter journeys from Europe through the Middle East and finally to Saigon in search of the dark caverns and mountaintop perches where the elusive winged serpents dwell. With the gift of seeing the invisible, our explorer friend records each encounter in a journal of gorgeous, fully painted artwork, capturing every majestic and fearsome visual detail of the scaly behemoths, and accompanies his findings with snippets of local lore as evidence that these hidden beasts continue to shape the world in ways we may never expect! [Description from Goodreads.com]
My Review: This book did have a story line, I just have to be honest and say I didn't really care. When I think about this book now (several days after reading it), I can only remember some of the goal of the trip, and what he was searching for. What I can remember? The illustrations. They were superb! There were maybe two pictures I didn't drool over, and that was only because they were of icky looking little dragons. I still marveled over the artistic talent, even in the icky dragon pictures. I would gladly have a poster of any dragon in this book - if not all of them!
If I were to judge this book on just the story, it would be a 3 star read. But luckily, there is so much else going on - the reader will never be bored. I find journal or travelogue style books to be fun reads, so this book is definitely up my alley. And even better, this book is something that can be given to fans of many ages, though I would still say 13 or 14+. Highly recommended, fun read!
Cover Lovin': Certainly something I would grab off the shelf if I saw it! Absolutely gorgeous.
Recommendation: For dragon lovers, of course! Also recommended for fans of "A Natural History of Dragons" by Marie Brennan
Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars. The story was mildly amusing, but the journal format was fun and the illustrations were amazing.
~!~ Amanda at Novel Addiction ~!~