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The Sign of the Black Rock by Scott Chantler
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Dec 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, children, fantasy, graphic-novel
Read in December, 2011

It was a dark and stormy night, and coastal innkeeper Grig is saddled with a crew of smugglers and the barrels of wine they just brought him, a full house in the common room, and now knights of the queen in search of three miscreants who tried to rob the queen's treasury--though they wouldn't mind bringing a few smugglers to justice as well. Meanwhile the three miscreants--a young girl and her two non-human companions--are caught in the storm as well, on a quest to find the girl's twin, stolen away by a man when they were young. All they have to go on is a mysterious book that belonged to the kidnapper. Throughout the night they are captured and escape several times, often with the help of the innkeeper's mute, scarred wife. Can they evade capture forever, though?

This is a suspenseful adventure story with beautiful, cartoon-like drawings in saturated color and black line. I think it would be better to start with book one, but this was the one we had at the library, so I went with it and could understand it fairly well. Some of the characters were pretty stock, but that won't bother kids, and they'll want to solve the mystery of the book and the missing brother as much as the girl does. Two thumbs up.
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