The Golden Age. Bk. 1

First Second. Feb. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9781250237941. $29.99. Rated: Teen+. FANTASY
As Princess Tilda prepares to assume the role of the ruler of the kingdom of Antrevers following her father’s death, a group of Lord’s launches a coup and seize the throne. Accompanied by a loyal knight, Tankred, and his companion Bertil, Tilda escapes and begins a search for sanctuary and the means to take back her birthright. This captivating and lavishly illustrated epic fantasy adventure follows Tilda and her companions as they encounter a large cast of characters culled from every socioeconomic demographic in the kingdom. A group of women living in a mysterious community dedicated to the idea that no person should live in servitude to another briefly provide sanctuary, peasants living under the cruel rule of the usurpers offer insight into the harsh realities of the feudal system, an aging Lord desperate to protect his home reveals the location of a mysterious treasure that might be the key to reclaiming the kingdom.
VERDICT Debut writer Moreil joins cocreator Pedrosa (Portugal) on this first chapter in an ongoing series that is filled with enough intrigue, magic, and mystery for an entire saga. Pedrosa’s background working as an animator for Disney is clear in the fluid, expressive figures he renders, and his coloring gives each page a staggeringly impressive, vivid glow.

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