Books by Scott Chantler

THE IRON HAND by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A well-wrought, well-timed, and satisfying finale to this well-conceived series. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
The headlong chase that began in Tower of Treasure (2010) ends in a climactic whirl of dramatic rescues, heated confrontations, and sudden reversals of fortune. Read full book review >
THE DARK ISLAND by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"At best, about half an episode's worth of plot for this otherwise above-average series. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Searching for her missing brother on the flying island of Astaroth, Dessa uncovers evidence of a shadowy conspiracy of grand scope. Read full book review >
PIRATES OF THE SILVER COAST by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"This rollicking serial adventure continues to please. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
In their fifth outing, former circus acrobat Dessa and her nonhuman companions take ship for the "dark island" of Astaroth—first with a smuggler and then with a pirate king (who isn't exactly a king). Read full book review >
THE KING'S DRAGON by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Just a quick side jaunt in the journey, but it's a diversion that adds further depth to a particularly well-wrought tale. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Chantler puts his ongoing tale of magic, treachery, kidnapping and hot pursuit largely on pause to fill in some back story on the chief pursuer. Read full book review >
THE CAPTIVE PRINCE by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Nary a dull moment, nor even a slow one in this escapade's latest outing. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Three fugitives and a bookish young prince repeatedly rescue one another in the latest episode of this particularly adventuresome graphic-novel series. Read full book review >
THE SIGN OF THE BLACK ROCK by Scott Chantler
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Readers should start with the first volume to get the characters' back stories, but here's an animated, breathlessly paced adventure that's just hitting its stride. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
A heavy thunderstorm brings a motley trio of fugitive ex-circus performers, their armored pursuers and a band of smugglers together under the roof of a greedy innkeeper in this never-a-dull-moment sequel to Tower of Treasure (2010). Read full book review >
TOWER OF TREASURE by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

In this lively opener to the Three Thieves series, young gymnast Dessa, searching for her kidnapped twin brother, joins two fellow circus performers in an attempted heist, a prison escape and a merry chase through and out of the fortress of Kingsbridge. Along the way she spots the kidnapper, who escapes her and so sets up a continuing plotline. Artfully using exchanged glances and wordless panels to add both humor and emotional depth, Chantler introduces a likable trio of thieves in a medieval-ish setting and throws in several worthy adversaries—including an intelligent, conflicted guard captain who spends much of the tale hot on their trail. He further spices things up by rendering Dessa's companions as nonhuman: Topper, "the greatest thief in North Huntington," is a small, blue, irascible gnome-like creature, and Fisk is a large, slow, lavender troll-like thing with a hairstyle ever-so-slightly reminiscent of the Human Torch's. The banter among the three is sharp and witty and balances the visual pacing effortlessly. Fast paced, cleanly illustrated, great fun. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)Read full book review >