The Silent Grove Vol.1

 As a huge Dragon Age fan, it was brilliant to come across a graphic novel that continued Alistair’s story.  He is absolutely my favourite character in the game and having more of him in an official and visual story makes me very happy.  The Silent Grove is set ten years after Dragon Age: Origins which keeps the timeline straight with Dragon Age 2.

If you have never played the game (and I highly recommend it), choices you make throughout means you can have several different endings/epilogues. I really liked the ending David Gaider decided to go forward with; Alistair Theirin as the King of Ferelden.  The nice touch is that you don’t get much more information than that, so it still leaves you with the mysteries and daydreams of ‘what happened next’.  Also, because I am an utter fangirl, I have to say the outcome where Alistair becomes King, with or without your character involved, is my favourite.

I loved the direction of this story, looking at the legend of King Maric, Alistair’s father.  It was good to see Alistair being more confident in himself but intrinsically still the same character I fell in love with.  Since you can’t have a Dragon Age story without companions, I think I might have squealed a little seeing Varric and Isabella involved, two of my favourite characters from Dragon Age 2! The interplay and banter between them was brilliant and true to character from the games.

Now I’m not an artist, nor a huge reader of comics and graphic novels but I thought the artwork by Chad Hardin was really nicely done.  A more mature version of Alistair (but still keeping the trademark hair!) sat well with me and both Isabella and Varric were just as I would have hoped for.  There were a couple of panels that didn’t follow on as I expected but I quickly figured out the right order.  The rest was smooth reading and my only other complaint is it wasn’t long enough!

I can’t wait for volume 2, and The Silent Grove Vol.1 is a must read for any Dragon Age fan.

Book Information
  • Author: David Gaider
  • Illustrator: Chad Hardin
  • Buy from Amazon (UK)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel

I’m not a huge fan of comics and graphic novels but there are a few I love, generally ones that have been created from books I love.  When I heard a graphic novel of Vampire Academy was being made, I was excited and had a lot of hopes for it.

I’ve just finished reading it and quite honestly, it exceeded my expectations.

The artwork is beautifully rendered by Emma Vieceli and I think she caught the characters really well.  I sometimes wonder if an illustrator has even read descriptions of  main characters let alone read the books, but I think a lot of attention was given to getting it right in this graphic novel and the characters matched the images I have in my head.  Lissa, Christian, Rose and Dimitri were all captured perfectly.

The scenes from the book were well chosen and adapted by Leigh Dragoon, it tells the main story of Vampire Academy neatly and has the key scenes which I would say were essential to making this a great experience and an enhancement to the first book.  Definitely one I will read again and again.

Whether a fan of graphic novels or just love the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, this adaptation is a must.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Book Information
  • Author: Richelle Mead
  • Illustrator: Emma Vieceli
  • Buy from Amazon (UK)

Cover Reveal! – Bloodlines

Having enjoyed Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series so much, I can’t wait for the new book that will be the start of a new set. Due to be released in August, I’m excited to be able to reveal the cover of the UK edition, and I think it’s gorgeous!

Love and Loyalty run deeper than blood…

Sydney protects vampire secrets – and human lives.  As an Alchemist, she is part of a secret group who dabbles in magic and serves to bridge the world of humans and vampires.

But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway.  What unfolds is far worse.  Jill Dragomir – the sister of the Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding.  Now Sydney must act as Jill’s protector.

The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathising with vampires.  And now she has to live with one…

I have to mention since I am excited about this too – along with Bloodlines in August, the Vampire Academy Graphic Novel, Illustrated by Emma Vieceli and adapted by Leigh Dragoon will be published!