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. Volume XX Number 35. . . .May 9, 2014
The King’s Dragon is the fourth book in Scott Chantler’s excellent “Three Thieves” series of graphic novels. This novel represents a departure from the previous books. Instead of focussing on the further adventures of Dessa and her companions, Topper and Fisk, The King’s Dragon tells the story of Captain Drake, a knight of the King’s Dragons and one of the principal people chasing Dessa and her friends. While the previous three books presented Captain Drake as a straightforward villain, this book presents him as a complex and conflicted character who struggles with the corruption within his own knighthood. The insight into Captain Drake’s character adds depth to the story and answers some of the questions raised by the previous three books while also creating a few more mysteries that still need resolving.
The King’s Dragon maintains the quick pace and engrossing writing of the previous three novels. The structure of this instalment is made more complicated by a number of flashbacks into Captain Drake’s youth, but the flashbacks only add to the intrigue of the story. This book is also slightly darker in tone than the previous three novels though it does maintain some of the humour of the series. As with the previous books in this series, The King’s Dragon is well-written and well-illustrated, and it does an excellent job of adding depth to an already enthralling story. This book will leave readers waiting eagerly for the next instalment.
Tara Stieglitz is a librarian at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB.
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