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Riddles & Shrooms (The Bean, Volume 1)
In a little Inn, deep in the heart of Darkleaf forest, works a young dishwasher named Bean. While on an errand for shrooms Bean is kidnapped by a chaotic Troll and ends up finding a very special sword that needs to be healed. So his adventure begins one that will be filled with danger, adventure and realization that he is the one that controls his destiny and no one else.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published 2011 by Bean Leaf Press
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As with any good fantasy, the setting here is one of the main characters, and Hanson's art--detailed black and white drawings--is inspired and engaging enough to bring the setting to life. The actual characters are also well-drawn (in both senses). The text works in most parts, though it's a little rough in a few places. (One tough character speaks in strained couplets that become tiresome, and not all the archaic language is accurately rendered, but these are not jarring faults.) In general, th...more