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Thieves & Kings: The Red Book (Thieves & Kings #1)

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Volume one of Thieves & Kings collects the first six issues of the original comic book series under one cover, introducing the story of the young thief, Rubel. Making his way amidst the powerful events changing his world, soldiers and pirates, kings and princesses, and a Shadow Lady of the Sleeping Wood fill his life with gambles and adventure.
Paperback, 154 pages
Published September 25th 1998 by I Box Pub
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Feb 27, 2014 Maddie rated it really liked it
This graphic novel has everything. It has love, adventure, and action. This is a great book and makes you want to keep reading the series. This I would say should be more for 6th grade and up because of the amount of content in the book. In relation to other books this adventure book is different from other longer adventure books because it has a ton of pictures along with it which help tell the story. I myself love adventure novels and plan on buying the other books since I have to know what ha ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 13, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I'm visiting family in Edmonton and I asked my 14yo niece if she had any graphic novels I hadn't read and she pulled out the first three books in this series which I eagerly accepted after giving them the once over.

I have never heard of this series or author before and feel like I've discovered a hidden gem. Canadian cartoonist Mark Oakley has been independently publishing this delightful series since 1996 and I'm surprised it hasn't become one of those cult hits. It is simpl
Thieves & Kings volume one contains the first six issues of the series.
The events are set in a land called Oceansend, the capital city is Highborn, I suppose during the sixteenth century.
Rubel, the main character, is a young thief escaping from soldiers and other elder people. Thief with the meaning also as paladin of some important ideal.
Rubel has a friend and companion: his imp, a small devil. At the beginning of the third chapter they explain what an imp is.
The other characters are: Ka
Nick Phelps
This is the first book of the series and it contains the first six parts to the story. The main character’s name is Rubel. He is a thief and he is on the run from some soldiers along with other people. His companion in this book is an emp (or a little demon). In the story Rubel helps another character named Katara to find the Kings crown which had previously been hidden by the king himself. However, Katara is the princess. There is a bit of a spark between Rubel and Katara, but n nothing signifi ...more
Oct 20, 2008 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Reprints Thieves & Kings #1-6. Rubel helps Princess Katara become heir to the throne before journeying on the sea and returns to find Katara surrounded by rumors while he's pursued by the Shadow Lady. Thieves & Kings is an interesting comic series. The comic often is just illustrated prose with a few pages of full-panel comics. The story is very slow but builds. The art is usually good, but sometimes the character art has inconsistancies in quality (he knows how to draw the main characte ...more
Jul 24, 2007 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ages 7 and up
My kids and I got hooked reading the online demo of this on [] his website. The drawings are not perfect but are very appealing. We love anime and manga and found this to be the perfect style--inspired by anime and manga but very western in its outlook. The story is fun and makes for a great fantasy with just enough magic to be fairytale like without being over the top. My only issue is with the "thief" being the good guy but in this case it just works.
May 15, 2007 Todd rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: transies
this guy from canada really knows how to leave you on the EDGE OF YOUR SEAT!!!!

with a mix of black and write drawings with dialogue bubbles and some pages of prose the beautifully crafted story will leave you hard.

hard pressed not to go out and buy the next one!!!!!
Nov 25, 2008 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing
I would give this series ten stars if I could! One of my absolute favorite fantasy stories EVER.
Glenn Liddell
Jan 10, 2011 Glenn Liddell rated it it was amazing
There is so much detail flourishing in the playful illustrations, and such finely crafted prose.
Sep 29, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The mix of text and graphics is amazing, with a wonderful fairy-tale-like quality to the story.
Matt chiasson
Sep 30, 2010 Matt chiasson rated it it was amazing
it was a great adventure book with lots of more books after it
Apr 17, 2011 Wren rated it it was amazing
These books are full of magic and wonder.
Matt Chiasson
Oct 01, 2010 Matt Chiasson rated it really liked it
it was a good adventure
Nov 13, 2009 Zachary rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully fun, swashbuckling, creative Fantasy thats a combination of sketchy, energetic indy comic art and beautifully written text. I've read a lot of fantasy and a lot of comics and this series is among the best of them all, easily. Highly Recomended for all ages. :)
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Mark Oakley, born in Montreal in 1970, has lived in cities all over eastern Canada and currently calls Halifax, Nova Scotia, home.

Oakley’s early background was in commercial animation, and he is today best known for his work on the independently published all-ages comic book fantasy adventure series Thieves & Kings, which he spent more than 10 years creating and publishing from his home studi
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Other Books in the Series

Thieves & Kings (6 books)
  • Thieves & Kings: The Green Book (Thieves & Kings, #2)
  • Thieves & Kings: The Blue Book (Thieves & Kings, #3)
  • Thieves & Kings: The Shadow Book (Thieves & Kings, #4)
  • Thieves & Kings: The Winter Book (Thieves & Kings, #5)
  • Thieves & Kings: Apprentices, Book I (Thieves & Kings, #6)

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