Saturday, March 2, 2013

Graphic Novel Review: Ravine by Stjepan Sejic

Release Date: March 5, 2013
Published by: Image Comics
Source: Provided by NetGalley

In a fantastic world far from our own, an ancient magic spell almost split the world in two and left an endless ravine in the north. One man, Nebezial Asheri, driven by the deaths of his wife and daughters, will attempt to reclaim that magic and bring his loved ones back to life. The forces of an entire city, Paladia, will rise to oppose him, but his greatest foes will be a ragtag band of an outcast wizard, a dragonrider, and their allies.

Ravine was a beautifully illustrated epic fantasy novel by the talented Stjepan Sejic. I've followed his artwork for a few years now and he never fails to impress me. Not only do I stalk him because of his artistic genius, but he also has a great sense of humor.

The world of Ravine is filled with dragons and dragon masters, magic and mages, spirits and tales of destiny. There is plenty of action starting from the prologue and ending with the last page when the two main characters finally meet.

I enjoyed both Stein, the lonely wanderer who longs to change his life and Lynn de Luctes, dragonrider and future Duchess of Dregya. They both possess what is called a grimlas avendati, a spirit chosen by fate to become their guide, although Lynn's arrives later in the story. What makes this so interesting is that their spirits were former lovers that we are first introduced to during the opening battle with the mad king, Nebezial.

Now that Stein and Lynn have finally crossed paths, I can't wait to see where the story takes them next. 

I must admit that I found the complexity of the world building to be a little overwhelming and honestly a bit confusing at times. The glossary, character index and additional information at the story's conclusion provided more insight and cleared up some of my confusion. But now that I'm familiar with the world that Sejic has created, I'm sure that the next story will be a much more enjoyable experience for me.

I suggest any graphic novel fans who enjoy high fantasy and stunning artwork give Ravine a try.


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