Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Graphic Novel Review - Crown of Horns (Bone, Book 9) by Jeff Smith (5/5 stars)

Bone, Vol. 9: Crown of HornsReading level: Middle Grade
Genre: Graphc Novel/Fantasy
Size: 224 pages
Publisher: Graphix
Release Date: January 20, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-0439706322
Stand Alone or Series: 9th book in the Bone series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the ninth and final book in Smith's Bone series.  It did a very nice job of wrapping up the series, I loved it.

The book starts out bleakly; Thorn and Fone Bone have been beaten and locked in the dungeon, Gran'ma Ben is on the ramparts trying to fight off hordes of rat creatures, and Lucius is missing.  This book takes us through the final battle, the search for the Crown of Horns, and the events following.

Illustration is in keeping with previous volumes and is very well done.  I would recommend reading all previous volumes before this one so that you have a good appreciation for what is happening in this volume.

The book starts bleak but there is a lot of humor peppered throughout.  There are a couple nice twists in the story, although for the most part it ends as you would expect it to end.  It is a very solid fantasy and I enjoyed how it all ended.  The story was nicely wrapped up.

There were some characters that I wish we had spent more time with; for example I think the character of Rock Jaw could have been used to make thing even more interesting.

Overall this has been just a wonderful fantasy graphic novel series and this installment only added to the wonderfulness.  If you haven't picked it up to read, you should!  It is just a wonderful series.  Now I will be picking up Tall Tales and the prequel novel about Rose.  I will also be checking out the future release The Quest for the Spark illustrated by Jeff Smith and written by Thomas Sniegoski (who also write the Remy Chandler urban fantasy series which I enjoy).

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- 100+ Reading Challenge
- Fantasy Reading Challenge
- Graphic Novels Challenge List

Bone, Vol. 9: Crown of Horns 

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