The Curse of the Crystal Cavern (The Pathfinders Society #2)
July 13, 2021
Fresh from their hair-raising adventures in The Mystery of the Moon Tower, Kyle, Vic, Beth, Harry, and Nate are now hot on the trail of something big! A secret staircase leads down into the unknown, setting them on an exciting chase for clues left by the wealthy explorer Henry Merriweather, who was rumored to have hidden away a priceless treasure. Are the legends real? Where will the five friends end up? And what dangers will they encounter along the way? Because as they've come to learn, everything comes at a price...
In this exciting graphic novel adventure series, richly illustrated by Eisner-award-winning artist Steve Hamaker, the Pathfinders go ever deeper into the labyrinthian Merriweather mystery--and hope they'll come out the other side!
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I loved the green, gray, and blue palette of this one, as it highlights the underground locations and also ties in nicely with the moon theme of Windrose. The friends are easy to tell apart (which is not always the case in graphic novels!) because the cast is nicely diverse. Graphic novels are a good format for fantasy topics, since they can more easily show things that don't really exist. The small, glowing gadget and it's matching, larger mechanism is particularly interestingly drawn.
The back history of the Merriweathers is well developed, and the town seems to know some of this, while being unaware of more important parts that the children have to discover. They must work through clues (with the help of some adults, which is nice) to figure out what went on in the past and work through how this will impact the future.
Readers who can't get enough paranormal action and adventure like Ying's City of Secrets, Bunn's The Ghoul Next Door, Cooke's Paranorthern, or Gardner's Long Distance will enjoy following the Pathfinders Society's adventures. This will also appeal to fans of the Netflix versions of Brailler's Last Kids on Earth or the television show Stranger Things.
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