An ancient magic spell almost split the world in two and left an endless ravine in the north. Nebezial Asheri will attempt to reclaim that magic. 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.
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3 / 5
The synopsis of Ravine, a high fantasy comic, sounded exactly like the kind of book that I would read. So I decided to give it a shot. Like most lengthy high fantasy novels, Ravine was hard to get into – with a massive cast, many different invented lands and cultures, it was seriously confusing – but it steadily drew me in.
The art: The style of Ravine wasn’t exactly my type of art – the colours were too bold and the lines too dark for my tastes, but it was definitely good in it’s own way. The pages are like an explosion of colour in your eyes. Best of all, the style was consistent throughout the story. I did find some of the text hard to read.
The story: In one word: confusing. In another: epic. We have dragons, we have magic, we have warring kingdoms, badass women and badass men. And so many characters it was enough to make my head spin just trying to keep track of them all on top of all the little references to religion, magic systems, politics and Chosen Ones.
If you are willing to put the work into getting to grips with the world and story of Ravine, I’m sure you will be well rewarded. Personally, I put Volume One down at the end and felt a pang of satisfaction that I had read it all with no desire to pick up the next one.
My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of Ravine.