Tower of Treasure (Three Thieves #1)

Tower of Treasure (Three Thieves #1)
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August 01, 2010
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As an acrobat in a traveling circus, 14-year-old orphan Dessa Redd flies through the air with ease. Still, she is weighed down by troubling memories. But when her ragtag circus troupe pulls into the city of Kingsbridge, Dessa feels a tickle of hope. Maybe here in the royal city she will finally find her twin brother -- or the mysterious man who snatched him away when they were just children. Meanwhile, Topper, the circus juggler, recruits Dessa and the circus strongman, Fisk, for the job of robbing the royal treasury. Hungry and desperate, both agree, setting off a series of adventures that will take the three thieves from one end of the world to the other in search of Dessa's long-lost brother. Scott Chantler's fast-paced story will engage readers while his bold-lined art with richly detailed backgrounds is a tribute to classic comic books.

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Fast-paced, fun graphic novel with strong heroine
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The first of a trilogy called The Three Thieves, the graphic novel Tower of Treasure is a rollicking, engaging fantasy-adventure story about Dessa, an orphaned 14-year-old acrobat. Although she has found a family of sorts in her fellow circus performers, she has never stopped searching for her twin brotheror for the cruel-faced man who kidnapped him. When her circus troupe arrives in the royal city of Kingsbridge, Dessa wonders if now, at last, she will find what shes looking for. Instead, Topper, a blue dwarflike creature with sticky fingers and a high opinion of his own intelligence, draws Dessa and her friend Fisk, a lavender-hued giant, into a plot to rob the royal treasury. At first it looks like they might succeed as they overcome a series of clever, deadly traps, but then they are caught and sentenced to death by the very man who snatched her brother all those years ago. Yet Dessa is determined not to give up, not when the man she has spent half her life looking for is within arms reach.

Graphic novels must weave picture and text together into a seamless whole, each complimenting and yet not distracting from the other. In this, Tower of Treasure succeeds very well. The style nods to manga and yet locates itself very well within its Renaissance Faire-esque universe. It has a bright, but complex palette and, especially in the second half of the book, an overall moody darkness that suggests danger and menace without ever getting truly disturbing, something younger readers are likely to appreciate. There are numerous charming touches as well: Fisks elephant-like feet and the piratical gold hoop in Toppers elfin ear; Dessas huge sleeves and tousled red hair; Captain Drakes stern, yet fair face above his enormous shoulders; the fat queens flabby jowls and the evil chamberlains floating eyebrow, not to mention the mad-inventor goggles hanging almost unnoticed around his neck.

In addition, the graphic novel format well suits the classic, heroic tale it tells of a courageous, resourceful girl and her sometimes comic companions confronting (and hopefully, in the end, defeating) a cruel, calculating villain. Of course, to find out what really happens, well have to wait for the next two volumes in the series. Like Dessa says, as she walks off into the sunrise, Weve got a long trip ahead of us. Goody!
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