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Publisher's Note:

In this wildly entertaining fantasy debut we meet Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians who once occupied a now-desolate mountain. All alone in the world, Broxo spends his time on the mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead that periodically drag themselves out of a fetid lake. Everything changes when Zora, a foreign princess, arrives on the mountain see…


by Zack Giallongo

Overall Book Review:

Broxo is a fun, action-packed fantasy that reads very quickly. The illustrations are quite dark, but fit the theme of the story, and they’re beautifully done. I had a little bit of a hard time following the story at first, but I think that’s just because I don’t read a lot of graphic novels. Once I got into the way this type of story flows, I was able to follow the plot line fairly easily. The illustrations do a brilliant job of telling the story where words are scarce. Broxo has fun, witty dialogue as well as some scary monsters, including surprise attacks and epic sword fights. 

For lovers of graphic novels, I recommend Broxo. The characters are fun, there’s light-hearted humor, and the story is simple but exciting. Villains abound, and there’s a surprise twist at the end, making the half-hour I spent with Broxo well worth my time.  

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by First Second Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 1 mild obscenity.

Violence/Gore: Fantastical creatures fight and are killed with little gore; a character is killed by an animal with no gore; a character is killed with a sword with no gore and little detail; several characters are injured with a moderate amount of bloodshed; three characters fight undead characters with minimal injuries.

Sex/Nudity: Two characters flirt; two characters bathe in a pool, taking precautions to preserve modesty; a character undresses for bed with no details; two characters sleep under the same covering while camping with no physical contact or discussion (one very slight innuendo is made).

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family members through natural disaster and magic.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother would often find me curled up in a corner, avoiding chores with a book–or two. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a large selection of YA books. I had children’s books and adult literature to choose from. I’ve come to love YA fiction as an adult and read almost nothing else when I read for pleasure–any genre will do.