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Publisher's Note:

The life of Henrietta Achilles is about to change. After years of living as an orphan, she receives a summons to the strange town of Malrenard. To her surprise, she's the only living relative of Ornun Zol?a notorious wizard, now deceased, who leaves Henrietta with his house and everything in it. With Ornun Zol gone, escaped creatures and misfired curses have been spilling out into Malrenard. If…

Overall Book Review:

The Accursed Inheritance of Henrietta Achilles is the first in a new graphic novel series called A House Divided.  It follows the tale of Henrietta Achilles, an orphan who has inherited an enchanted house from a long-lost uncle that she never knew about.  She is rescued from an orphanage and quickly dropped into this new life as the adventure begins.

The plot line for this new series is not original.  In fact, about the only original thing in the entire book is that a girl inherits instead of a boy.  Other than that, all the typical stereotypes exist.  Long-lost relative, magical house with treasure, other characters searching for same said treasure, etc.  This book reads like pretty much every other of a similar nature out there, and I was left feeling a little underwhelmed.

The graphics in this installment were good, but not overwhelmingly great.  They were also very small.  I would have preferred a longer book with slightly larger graphics as some of the panes were so small I really had to put me nose in the book to see any detail.

Overall, pretty par for course with most graphic novels published recently, but not overwhelmingly great.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Graphic Universe

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 mild obscenity.

Violence/Gore:  Report of death by lightning strike; battle where cart is blown up; battle with rat-type creatures; girl stabs creature with magical sword.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

War; death.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Man depicted as drinking/drunk; man smoke pipe.

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About the Reviewer

I am a full-time mom, full-time wife, and overtime reader. I have been an avid reader for as long as anyone can remember. It must run in the family because both my mother and grandmother are also voracious readers and often pass books back and forth. Almost any genre can spark my interest, but I often go in streaks, reading a bunch of books from one genre, then switching to another for a while and back again.