Saturday 1 October 2022

Book Review: Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo and Dani Pendergast (Fantasy Graphic Novel)

Title: Demon in the Wood
Author: Leigh Bardugo & Dani Pendergast
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 27 September 2022
Pages: 208
Format: Hardback
Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel
Source: Bought Copy

Before he led Ravka’s Second Army, before he created the Fold, and long before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy burdened by an extraordinary power.

Eryk and his mother, Lena, have spent their lives on the run. But they will never find a safe haven. They are not only Grisha—they are the deadliest and rarest of their kind. Feared by those who wish to destroy them and hunted by those who would exploit their gifts, they must hide their true abilities wherever they go. But sometimes deadly secrets have a way of revealing themselves…

I had already read and liked the short story on which the Demon in the Wood graphic novel is based, but of course, as a Grishaverse fan, I had to grab this new version of it too. And I'm glad I did, as this is a lovely book. It's a quick read (I was through it in barely 30 mins), but it was fun to see the tale brought to life through Dani Pendergast illustrations. Even if, like me, you already have a copy of the short story on your shelf, you will want to grab the graphic novel version too for your collection. I would love to see more episodes from the Darkling's early life presented in this way, perhaps working through to link things up to the beginning of the Shadow and Bone series. It gets 5 stars from me.

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