The Lost Path, Amélie Fléchais


Three young boys set off from Camp Happiness, map in hand, determined to be the first to find the treasure before anyone else. But the shortcut they take leads to something far more spectacular and sinister! Will the three boys find their way out of trouble? Get your map and ready, set, go! 

* *
2 / 5

The Lost Path is a hauntingly beautiful illustrated comic – unfortunately, the story makes very little sense. When reviewing any comic book, there are two key aspects, the story and the art.

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The art: My first impression was very good. Lovely lines, gorgeously coloured with this sort of sepia colour scheme going on. Many of the pages were works of art all by themselves, the sort of thing that if I were rich I would buy on canvas and hang in my living room (if I had one!). The art does switch styles to suit the perspective of each boy, which I thought was a nice touch, though I liked some pages much more than others.

I did think that the text on some of the pages was really quite small and hard to read. Though I did read a PDF copy and this may not be an issue in the print copy.

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The story: Three boys set off from a summer camp on a treasure hunting activity, only to take a series of wrong turns into a dangerously magical forest. Honestly, the story was just plain bizarre. It was a bit like Alice in Wonderland put through a blender, and it did not engage me at all.

Some pages of The Lost Path are simply works of art, and others look like scribbles. Coupled with an ill-explained narrative, I would be hesitant to recommend this book.

My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of The Lost Path

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