This book would definitely appeal to fans of Tamora Pierce. I was actually reminded of The Immortals quartet as I read this one. Definitely recommendeThis book would definitely appeal to fans of Tamora Pierce. I was actually reminded of The Immortals quartet as I read this one. Definitely recommended to MG/YA fantasy readers....more
Angels. The world seems to be obsessed with them, given all the art and fiction we devote to their names. Some people see angels as their muses, creatAngels. The world seems to be obsessed with them, given all the art and fiction we devote to their names. Some people see angels as their muses, creatures to worship, guardians who protect the meek and oppressed, or even just avenging warriors who wage a great war of good and evil which we humans cannot see. But what is truth when it comes to these creatures? Is there any truth in the jumble of tales that surround them?
A Flight of Angels begins with a seemingly ominous occurrence: an angel suddenly falls from the sky and lands within a forest. Nearby fey creatures, curious yet wary, gather around the fallen, unconscious form and talk amongst themselves to decide what to do with this creature who may prove to be a threat once he awakens. The only things they know of angels come from mortal rumors and tales, so each creature shares their knowledge through stories in the hope that one might help to shed light on who this angel is and why he fell. But, as is true with any story, truth and lie are intermixed...so much so that it is often difficult to tell which is which.
The five stories, written by creative minds like Holly Black (author of The Modern Faerie Tales series) and Bill Willingham (creator/writer of Fables), shed different lights upon many aspects of angelic and Biblical mythos: the story of Adam and Eve, angel duties within the framework of the human world, the angel of death, guardian angels, and even the fall of Lucifer. All of the stories are intriguing and fascinating in their own ways, but not all of them bear the same level of "narrative punch." The revisioning of Adam and Eve's story, called "Original Sin," is one of the stronger tales of the bunch, though the ending tale, called "Shining Host," also bears quite an impact that leads to the outside story's startling, yet oddly fitting, climax.
Rebecca Guay's art for the entire graphic novel is very beautiful with a unique art style for each of the five stories. However, there are instances where the fluid art is disrupted by things such as facial photo manipulations that never quite seem to fit. Such instances seemed so odd and unnecessary to me, especially given that Guay's realistic style of art seemed fine enough on its own without such obvious measures. Other than that little nit-pick of mine, I really enjoyed the art and found myself drawn into each story less because of the narrative or prose (though there were some very nice instances of pretty words and thoughts) and more because of the art's allure.
For anyone who enjoys stories about angels or even just interesting takes on lore and myths, I would definitely recommend A Flight of Angels since it holds a lot of imagination within its one hundred and twenty pages. Don't let the graphic novel format turn you away because you might just miss out on something special, meaningful, and even a little bit sorrowful....more