Thursday, January 20, 2011

Graphic Novel Review - Old Man's Cave (Bone, Book 6) by Jeff Smith (5/5 stars)

Bone, Vol. 6: Old Man's Cave (v. 6)Reading level: Middle Grade/Young Adult 
Genre: Fantasy 
Size: 128 pages 
Publisher: GRAPHIX 
Release Date: August 1, 2007 
ISBN-13: 978-0439706353 
Stand Alone or Series: 6th book in the Bone series 
Source: Bought 
Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the sixth book in the wonderful nine book Bone series by Jeff Smith.  I have been loving this series and this was a wonderful continuation of it.  Gma Ben and Thorn (along with all of our favorites) are back and events are clipping along at a fast pace.

The book starts out with Gma Ben and Lucius at Old Man's Cave, where the village has taken shelter.  Fone Bone and Smiley Bone are still lost in the woods trying to make their way to the burning village.  Seemingly random events from previous books are woven more tightly together in this one.

I liked this book better than the previous ones.  Thorn and Gma Ben are back and things are picking up pace.  We finally learn more about how the Lord of the Locusts is tied to Thorn and Gma Ben.  The Bones, especially Fone Bone, are starting to play a bigger role in determining the fate of the Valley.

There is still a lot of humor in here and the illustration remains very well-done (consistent with previous volumes).  The story is getting more epic though, and it was hard to put this book down.  I raced through it in under an hour.  It is appropriate for readers of all ages.

Overall a solid installment in this series; I was happy to have my favorite characters back.  I look forward to reading Volume 7, Ghost Circles.  If you are a fan of epic fantasy or just fantasy in general, you have to pick up this graphic novel series and give it a read through!  I also recommend The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi; that one is more serious but has a great fantasy story with fantastic illustration.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- 100+ Reading Challenge
- Fantasy Reading Challenge
- Graphic Novels Challenge List
Bone, Vol. 6: Old Man's Cave (v. 6) 

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