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L'âge d'or. Volume 1

(L'âge d'or #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,370 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Le vieux roi est mort.
Sa fille Tilda s'apprête à lui succéder, bien décidée à mener les réformes nécessaires pour soulager son peuple, accablé par la famine et l'oppression des seigneurs de la cour. Mais un complot mené par son jeune frère la condamne brusquement à l'exil.
Avec le soutien de preux chevaliers, le sage Tankred et le loyal Bertil, la princesse déchue décide de
Hardcover, Collection Aire Libre, 228 pages
Published September 7th 2018 by Dupuis
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This one's interesting.
A king dies, his daughter inherits the throne but on the night of her coronation, there's a coup and she must run for her life with only two friends to help.
I got the overall story but there are gaps throughout. I chalk it up to nuance being lost in translation as well as to the vague method in which the tale is told.
The illustrations are both evocative and off-putting, harried scratch lines drawn in black wax. I enjoyed it and was equally frustrated.
Juho Pohjalainen
Decent art - weird and haunting that fit the narrative - but the story is very predictable and the characters didn't stick to me. ...more
Krista Regester
The art and colors are beautiful and distracts from the not too interesting content.
May 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. Another disappointment. The art was alright (3 stars) but the plot was utter shit (1 star). I'm definitely not going to follow this series.

The empire, once full and prosperous, has been plagued by famine and greedy nobility since the king's death. Tilda, the daughter of the deceased king, wants to finally ease the plight of the people after their coronation by reforms. But a conspiracy led by her younger brother condemns her to exile.

Guided by mysterious signs, Tilda decides to reclaim the
Katey Moore
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, graphic-novel
Beautiful artwork and an interesting story. I will definitely read Book 2.

It's honestly worth checking out just to flip through.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone retweeted photos of this book from a comic shop and I immediately put it on hold at my local public library. I just finished it and I'm putting it on my to-buy list, if that says anything.

It's truly stunning not just aesthetically but as a work in the comics medium. The style is some mix between 60s Disney animation (think 101 Dalmatians) with a bit of trippy printmaker mixed in: it's both detailed and blocky. The colors are vibrant and used very purposefully. Pages/spreads will have the
Thee Princess
Am I the only one that had a hard time getting past the art style??

It was so hard to even get into the story because the art style was so distracting. I could very well just be picky with my art styles but this was umm difficult.

As far as the story goes it was fine. I wanted this epic adventure with friends but I feel like I didn't get that. I got an adventure but it wasn't enough. If you want something that quick and fun enough I highly suggest this. The characters were fine and the overall st
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting to read thru the reviews on here, some people love this and others absolutely aren't into it.

Cyril Pedrosa is one of my favorite comic artists, and this is one of my all-time fav comic works. He works with a particular stylization which you see quite a bit in contemporary French comics, but he has his own unique visual aesthetic working within that stylistic range. Personally I love this type of stylization, and the art is of the highest quality. The linework is gorgeous, magnificen
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A beautifully animated fantasy/medieval epic illustrated by one of Disney's lead animators (Beauty and the Beast, Hercules), this is an interesting new graphic novel duology. This book delivers some feudal action, some lovely animation/illustration, and some interesting themes and world-building. Worth a read for fans of graphic novels and those looking for a good book read with strong female protagonists. ...more
Dakota Morgan
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Golden Age doesn't feature the most complex fantasy narrative, but it's highly arresting nonetheless. You'll first notice the art by Cyril Pedrosa. It's quite simply splendid, with both a mystical, painterly quality and a romantic, Disney-medieval look. Aside from a few scenes where the background and foreground meld, the art is perfectly suited to the story.

I appreciated that Roxane Moreil didn't feel compelled to push the pacing in The Golden Age. This is a leisurely tale, taking its time
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know when you've finished watching an animated cg movie and they have the sumptuous 2d animated credits sequence and you're like wait what you can still do that this is amazing why wasn't this the entire movie you capitalist pigdogs?! This book is what would happen if that was an entire comic book instead of a movie and sweet Jesus is it beautiful. Every panel is an outstanding work of penciling, but the colors and patterns are just jaw dropping. I loved the big landscape pages were the char ...more
Sarah Schanze
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been wanting to get my hands on this for a long time and it did not disappoint. The artwork inside is absolutely gorgeous, and the colors amazing. The main character intrigues me a lot, I love to see women allowed to be messy and complex. It's also shaping up to be an extremely messy story, and I look forward to the next book! ...more
S.E. Anderson
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely gorgeous book. I loved the artwork so much - the massive spreads were jaw-dropping, especially since I have the hardcopy, which is as big as my torso - and fell in love with the world. I cannot wait for the next installment.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice fevered dream quality to it, with cool blues and greens punctuated by red. As much as I found it visually appealing, difficult to follow at times and there was something of a lack of compelling characters.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The art is pretty but confusing to try and follow in a narrative. In addition, the story itself feels weak and in the whole book, nothing really happened except for the beginning and end.

If my library gets the second volume, I’ll read it, but I’m not going out of my way to finish this.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that the Game of Thrones is over, one must find some other medieval saga forms of entertainment. And since Disenchantment only has two seasons out so far, this looked like a good fit. And it was. Sure, it isn’t as funny as Disenchantment or as epic as Game of Thrones, but it’s very entertaining in its own way. A story of a princess denied her throne by rights who plans then to take it by force. But first…adventures. Featuring two loyal sidekicks and plenty of political intrigue, peasants wit ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-in-2018
No time to read and no will to read...I probably made this graphic novel a disservice by reading it now
Mars Dorian
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have to admit, the illustration style put me off, at first.
It's beautiful but very illustrative, where characters and background blend together and harder to differentiate.

The story is much darker than the art style suggests, featuring death, betrayal and even PTSD, so don't think this is a children's story.

The only 'major' point I didn't like was the cliffhanger ending. At over 220 pages, I expected a conclusion.

Still, the Golden Age has interesting characters and a political theme that I
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reviewing the hardcover English translation (not able to enter it into GR) which is a gorgeously produced book. Interesting story, beautiful art, which reminds me a bit of Eyvind Earle's work on Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Can't wait to see how it ends! ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Golden Age (Golden Age, #1) by Roxanne Moreil, illustrated by Cyril Pedrosa, 225 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second (Macmillan), 2018. $30.

Content: Language: PG-13 (10 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13



Princess Tilda is supposed to inherit her father's kingdom, but is usurped by her power-grabbing little brother and her mother who backs him. As she is being carted off to a hidden prison, she is rescued by her loyal followers
Zack Quaintance
An ethereal work about power structures and inequitable societies by a pair of veteran French comics creators, the highest praise I can give the Golden Age Book 1 is that upon completion I immediately Googled the release date for Book 2 — and was bereft to not find it. First Second continues a streak of topographical relevant works powered by whimsical dreamscape art with a book I’d recommend to any and all readers this year.
Matthew Noe
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful fantasy world complete with what I would call socialist uprisings
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series Info/Source: This is the first volume in The Golden Age. I got a copy of this as a gift for Christmas.

Story (3/5): This wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. It’s more of an epic fantasy in graphic novel format than an outright fantasy. The storyline is fairly typical of epic fantasies. Tilda is outcast from her kingdom by her younger brother (and some power-hungry nobles) the night after her father’s death. She journeys the kingdom trying to get support to win back her father’s thron
This over-size graphic novel from France is filled with richly illustrated images of beautiful terrain and scenes of horror as bodies swing from the trees where they were hanged. There is much bloodshed, and it seems that violence rules the day. The plot centers around the journey of Tilda, the heir to the throne of Antrevers, who is exiled once her ailing father dies and her younger brother's advisors, set off a coup that leaves her scrambling for sanctuary and a way to regain her kingdom. But ...more
Stephanie Tournas
 The first book in a proposed duology, this French import is a stunner of an epic fantasy graphic novel. Princess Tilda is set to assume the throne after her father dies. But, through the machinations of her mother, Tilda's evil little brother takes the reins, and Tilda is cast out. She escapes with her faithful assistants, the wise Tankred and young Bertil. Throughout the long, desperate flight through forests and feudal estates, Tilda keeps experiencing visions and bleeding from her palms, ome ...more
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
It’s difficult to rate this book because it’s on a whole other level. Seriously. The art is so trippy it’s like a time warp experience and you gotta be prepared. I wasn’t engaged in the plot so much and frankly wasn’t sure how to feel about the characters most of the time. But The Golden Age is like a cinematic experience! There’s a lot of medieval drama, the scene progression is stunning, and I could hear all the spooky sound effects in my head as I was reading. Essentially nothing is explained ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this graphic novel off of my cataloguing cart. I was drawn to the dynamic art--each page contains a set of panels with part of the story being told with a colour scheme: pinks and purples, or blues and blacks, or reds and blacks, but the changes are so subtle and gradual from page to page, that I had to flip back and forth to discover where they were happening, as I was pulled into the narrative. Tilda is a princess in a medieval land blighted by corruption. Her father dies and she is ...more
Jill Kenna
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy

This book was about Tilda who is set to take the crown after her father's death. However, on the night of her coronation her brother throws a coup into the mix and she is forced to flee with a few friends helping her out. Tilda is determined to get back to power and with the help of her friends and mysterious signs guiding her she is well on her way. Will she be able to get back to her kingdom and bring peace and prosperity to the land? Or will her br
Why do I feel like something was lost in translation here? The artwork was flowing and a unique feel to it. The story was your typical old-world-adventure: king dies, daughter ascends to throne, she is exiled, travels with two loyal friends, finds help, seeks treasure. I think my favorite part of the story was when Tilda was healing at the compound occupied only by women. It was intriguing, the reasons for their solitude vague enough to make me want to know more.

But it felt like there were holes
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Cyril Pedrosa began his career in animation, working on the Disney films "Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules." He has since become a rising star in a new kind of graphic storytelling, combining the influences of animation and the literary traditions of Borges, García Márquez, and Tolkien to create a unique visual handwriting. ...more

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