Saturday 1 July 2017

#BookReview Elves. Vol. 1 by Jean-Luc Istin @insighteditions #GraphicNovel

Elves. Vol. 1 by Jean-Luc Istin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"The crystal of the Blue elves" by Istin and Duarte

The Blue Elves of Ennlya, a small port town of Nordrenn, have been murdered!

Lanawyn, a Blue Elf, and Turin, her human ally, set out to discover who is responsible. The trail they uncover leads back to a clan of Yrlans—Northern men who hate Elves.

At the same time, Vaalann, a young Blue Elf, undergoes a dangerous test called the Water of the Senses. Her future, as divined by the Mother Prophetess, is closely linked to the Sacred Crystal . . . a powerful artifact that enables the wielder to control the ocean itself!

Could Vaalann be the messiah that the Blue Elves have been waiting generations for?

"The honor of Sylvan elves" by Jarry and Maconi

The Sylvan Elves have hidden themselves away from the world, jealously preserving their independence and sacred grounds. Anyone who dares enter their territory soon becomes their prey.

Eysine, City-State of the East, has always observed respect for the ancient pact between Elf and Man. But when a powerful army of Ork mercenaries lays siege to the kingdom, Llali, the daughter of the King of the city, must remind the Elves of the treaty that previously linked their two peoples.

This tale is that of two races who have forgotten their shared past. It is also that of an Elf and a Human who carry with them the power to reawaken this bond.

Thus begins Elves, a sprawling saga of mythic proportions!

In the vein the Lord of the Rings and other high fantasy classics, this richly illustrated graphic novel series contains five volumes, each focusing one of five main classes of Elves


This graphic novel contains two different stories; "The crystal of the Blue elves" and "The honor of Sylvan elves". Both are good, however, both stories lack a proper background the characters and the world that the stories take place in.

I was a bit lost when I started to read The crystal of the Blue elves, I know nothing about Lanawyn and Turin, what's their history etc? Who are The Blue Elves of Ennlya? Now, this is an ARC so perhaps there are more information in the graphic novel that was published. However, a prologue with information about the world and the people that inhabit the world would have made the story a bit better. On the plus side is the art very good and that made reading this graphic novel quite enjoyable.

The honor of Sylvan elves had the same problem as the first story, too little background information. However, I quite enjoyed reading this story about a young girl who tries to save her people and the art was really good.
So, in the end, I just want to say that I liked this graphic novel, the stories were OK, they could have been better with some improvement to the stories, but at least the art is really good!

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

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