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Prince of Persia

3.02  ·  Rating Details ·  651 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews

Long ago in Persia, there lived a Prince -- a man of honor, of valor, and full of strength -- a man for his people, who lived with them and took on their trials and hardships. And he was loved.

His name is no longer remembered. When people speak of him, they call him merely, 'The Prince of Persia,' as if there have been no others
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by First Second
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Nicolo Yu
Feb 16, 2016 Nicolo Yu rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This graphic novel had both a great story and art going for it; but I just couldn't ignore the poor production values on this book. The paper quality may be of heavy stock but the cover sure can't handle a light touch handling it. The cover just fell apart on me.
Jun 10, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This graphic novel had some decent art and an alright story. My main issue with it however was the juxtaposition of the two main story threads which did not aid understanding until the very end.

The essence of this novel was two stories set in different time zones which interlinked to produce one story. However the way these two stories were told did not make for one fluent story. Instead I found myself confused by which story was running at once and by which character was which. The art was a l
Jun 05, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
I picked Prince of Persia up as a fan of the games and of the general adventure genre of the Arabian Nights style.

The story was intriguing and thoughtful. It's presented as two stories set ~400 years apart with the first story creating and influencing the legend/action of the second story. The stories are presented side-by-side allowing the plot points to expose themselves gradually which leads to a feeling of mystery and intrigue. The female characters felt stronger to me than the male chara
Jul 04, 2016 Kailey rated it it was ok
This plot makes no sense. I have no idea who anyone is or what happened. The story is told by jumping between two (or three?) timelines, so there are all these different sets of characters, most of whom look alike, and it's impossible to keep track of them all. There's also a prophecy and a magic peacock dude that confused me even more. Then there came the giant sand babies; I'm not sure if they were real or imagined. Was that part of a giant sand baby nightmare? Did someone dream that whole thi ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Tyreese rated it liked it
I had several issues with this graphic novel;

-it was all over the place
-VERY strange
-it dragged on

However, I did like:

-the art style
-the characters
-the royalty aspect

This graphics novel was just.. Alright.
Rachel Collinge
The sporadic jumping back and forth between time periods had me so confused. And the fact that one of the main girls married her adopted brother...eww.
Binta Diallo
Aug 21, 2012 Binta Diallo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well for me I enjoyed the book prince of Persia write by Jordan mechner. But for me I want really put this book as the top 20 books I've read. Well for me in this book their were non understandable part in the book to the end. But also in the book their was an lot of action going on in some part of the book. An example of when their was non understandable part to the end was on pages 6-9. On those pages I really didn't get why was layth telling the guards to kill the prince wich was layth brothe ...more
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

This book follows the stories of two princes of Persia. The first, Guiv, escaped from his home before being murdered by his brother-in-law. The second, Ferdos, was raised a beggar to escape his fate in the city. Their stories are connected by the wheel of time that connects all history in Persia. The story also follows a princess, Shirin, who helps set Ferdos's fate into action.

I'm a little on the fence wi
Dawn Rutherford
Oct 02, 2016 Dawn Rutherford rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Ok, but really felt like the novelization of a video game.
Angie Fehl
Jul 16, 2014 Angie Fehl rated it really liked it
Though I have mixed feelings about the game series, I found this graphic novel adaptation stunning. First off, the title on the cover sparkles with stars which instantly calls out to the girl in me LOL. What really got me though was the stunning color & details in the panels. The color here was done by Hilary Sycamore and I gotta say, super talent there! From the jewel tones throughout, to the details in the clothes to the Persian rug style borders on some of the pages, this is true art.

Jan 13, 2009 Erik rated it really liked it
Not being a game-player myself, I was naturally at a disadvantage when it came to the plot of this graphic novel adaptation of one of the most popular and longest-running video games. (Which, going on close to two decades now, makes realize that the early 90s really were more about the big hair of the 80s, and less the tech boom of the late 90s.)

The narrative of Prince of Persia is a bifurcated one that carries on in the tradition of The Arabian Knights (the story within a story motif) and even
Blanca Barrios
Dec 26, 2014 Blanca Barrios rated it it was ok
Prince of Persia was interesting, because of the way it was set up with different times throughout the story, it was pretty confusing.
Prince of Persia would be enjoyed by a reader who comprehends quickly. If the reader doesn’t become frustrated with the different situations happening, then this book is perfect. The novel itself isn’t so bad. The more you read, the more it catches your attention. The story is demonstrating a rebellion against the current rulers. It shows lots of character, it mak
Conan Tigard
Way back in the early 1990's, I worked at SEGA in the video game testing department and was lead tester on a game for the SEGA CD called Prince of Persia. I knew the game inside and out, wrote test plans, assigned tester to testing different aspects of the game, and brought it through the test cycle until it was published and released to the public. So, I feel pretty well-versed on the original concept of Prince of Persia. See the animation to right for an example of the game.

I was excited to re
Oct 31, 2012 Kevin rated it did not like it
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Cindy Hudson
Jun 22, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
For years I’ve heard of Prince of Persia as a video game, but as I don’t play games I didn’t know much about it. When I was given the chance to review the new graphic novel inspired by the video, I knew I wanted to take a look. Graphic novels in general are something relatively new for me. I think of them as like picture books for older readers. So many times when my daughters were young we would read a picture book over and over again, and each time we would see something we missed in the illus ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Krissadele rated it it was ok
So this was... different.

This was I think my first graphic novel I picked up after what I think is 3 years. I just don't know if this was a bad graphic novel or if I'm just not all about pictures so I decided to give it 2 stars. I don't know who is adapted from who, wether the video game Prince of Persia or the movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time came first. Maybe if I watched the movie or played the game I would understand. But my biggest issue with this was I was completely lost. You ask
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This book definitely made me feel stupid for quite a while -- since I couldn't quite figure out who's who from one segment to the next -- until maybe 50 pages in when I finally realized that the two stories are just that -- two separate stories -- 4 centuries apart and with no or little connection except for the landscape and the violence -- and, maybe, a bit of the romance. After reading the author's notes, it became even more apparent that there was little effort from the creators' part to mak ...more
Ryaan Basheer
Nov 26, 2013 Ryaan Basheer rated it liked it
The Prince of Persia graphic novel is based on the revolutionary and iconic series of video games. The book follows the theme of the game's, it tells a tale of heroism and betrayal. Destiny brings together two princes from different centuries of historic Persia in this fantastical epic graphic novel. As their city begins to fall, and everything they believe in crumbles and decays, they find that only they can stand against the twilight of their eras. The story of Prince Guiv avenging his adopted ...more
Feb 27, 2010 Rosa rated it liked it
This graphic novel is part of the storyline followed by the Prince of Persia video games. However it doesn't actually tell the story from the video games; it's more of a backstory. The book tells the story of twins, a boy, Guiv, and a girl Guilan who will rule Persia and a boy, Layth that grows up with them who is the prince of an enemy their father defeated. Eventually the Layth marries the Guilan, but other's interfere in the ruling of the kingdom and all end up dead or in hiding. The story th ...more
Mallory Martin
It was a good quick story but some parts are kinda confusing. alot happened in a short amount of time, but there was great quality art and story telling.
Garrett Zecker
Jul 18, 2013 Garrett Zecker rated it it was ok
This graphic novel, based on the videogame series of the same name, was a journey into the world of an alternate Persian empire ruled by a tyrannical ruler whose blood ties to the protagonist and horrendous crimes of the past are challenged by the spry magic and wits of our hero. The problem is that it was a story that was built upon a somewhat uncertain origin. I think that the book was fun to get through, and the story was masterfully told by the artists and the writers, but it seems that the ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Parka rated it liked it
Shelves: comics

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You probably know Prince of Persia as the video game. I've not played the game before so I can't say if this graphic novel follows the game plot.

I find the story a bit confusing as there are two stories that cuts into each other frequently. These stories happen in different time periods and the main character looks roughly the same. The use of different colour tones to differentiate the stories aren't good enough. Each story on its own seems alright but when the
Kirsten Rodning
Apr 17, 2011 Kirsten Rodning rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book is very different from any of the games. That is NOT a bad thing, however, as the separate games (and the movie) are all very different from each other. In that sense, the graphic novel really follows the spirit of the games -- that the Prince of Persia series is a collection of somewhat related stories, though the connections between the stories are vague at best.

Unfortunately, my praise pretty much stops here. The story was honestly rather hard to follow, and I found the plot to be v
Douglas Summers-Stay
Sep 26, 2014 Douglas Summers-Stay rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
This graphic novel (i.e. comic book) was better than it had to be-- there are two interwoven stories from different eras, each with the theme of a prince seeking his destiny. I had to reread it and decide for each page which story it was from before I really understood what had happened. Some of the imagery was striking. I liked the princess who disguises herself as a boy to escape from the palace. The art had its own style, which didn't seem particularly suited to the subject matter, but was sk ...more
Hadi Wijaya
Sep 17, 2011 Hadi Wijaya rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphical-books
I am surprised to find this book in bookstore. I think this series is only in video games and movie, but finally it appears as a book. The story is also different with one in video games and movie. In this book, it the beginning of Prince of Persia, which tell us story when the prince is born and when he knows his true identity as Prince of Persia.

The plot is a little bit difficult, it combines two stories:
1. Story of his uncle who saved him in the past
2. Story of young prince who learn his true
Hassan Hassan
Oct 20, 2012 Hassan Hassan rated it it was ok
Prince of Persia, The Graphic Novel, is created by Jordan Mechner, illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland, and written by poet A.B. Sina. It is made up of 190 pages, and begins with a prince named Guiv, who tries to kill his brother Layth, so he flees the city of Marv and hides in wells during the 9th century. Then Shirin is introduced in the novel, who also flees the city in the 13th century. She meets up with Ferdos who is connected to Guiv through a prophecy. During her and Ferdos's ab ...more
Rating Clarification: 2.5 stars

I thought this book had a lot of potential. The storyline was entertaining enough to keep me engaged and I liked the conflict, action, and even a few of the characters. But the juxtaposition in this book was terrible. I didn't know what was going on or how the two stories tied together for most of the book, and not in the mysterious, engaging way, but in the confusing way. I felt that the two stories intertwining could have been handled far better and that was my
Apr 13, 2015 Wild-Rogue-Rose rated it really liked it
What light through wonder fluorescent breaks? It is my local Ollie's and Prince of Persia's holofoil blinds me.
Okay, so I'm no Shakespeare! But I really did like this story, even though it confused the heck out of me. I mean I'm no middle eastern lit. expert, so I have no idea if it's anything like them. That all aside, I still liked it.
It reminds me greatly of when your grandfather tells you a story. How it interconnects without you realizing it; how it seems to rabbit hop around with the stra
An Odd1
May 27, 2013 An Odd1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly more disappointed after 5* film and visual guide.
Chiselled male faces seem to be heroes; heroines are small and smooth. A man sinks into the water has visions. 9th C pregnant princess Layth threatens to kill herself. Pool man again, sees other reincarnations.

After king orders her handsome dancing teacher away, young Princess Shirin sneaks out alone disguised as boy. Prince Yaahr (I thought name was scream
Apr 02, 2009 Devin rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
While this graphic novel is based on the video game line of the same name - the original game's creator, Jordan Mechner, was the sponsor behind this creative effort - it is a stand-alone story that doesn't require any previous knowledge of the games. A.B. Sina weaves a uniquely Persian-flavored tale that echoes the storytelling style of the 1001 Nights, and LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland's brushwork and coloring convey this flavor expertly while remaining accessible to readers (such as myself) n ...more
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