In a richly imagined amphibian-vs.-reptile
world, Herk, a small, but plucky Nnewt, must face the viciously villainous
Lizzarks after they destroy all that he holds dear.
Herk lives a happy life, spending his days with
his beloved mother and magician father, helping them watch over their eggs and
playing with his dear sister, Sissy. However, Herk's legs are a bit too small,
and he can't make it out of the water to walk on land with the other Nnewts.
Change comes quickly for Herk when one day a savage band of Lizzarks—a fearsome
race of lizardlike creatures—descends upon his home and his village.
Transformed by his ingenuity, sheer will and a bit of his own magic, Herk
ventures out into the unknown to avenge his family. With this first in a new
series, TenNapel has seamlessly transitioned his webcomic into print and
masterfully blends just the right amount of exposition and plot to effectively
hook new readers. Though a strong first installment, this lacks a bit of the
charm his last few books (Tommysaurus Rex, 2013; Cardboard, 2012;
Ghostopolis, 2010) have had, though it certainly doesn't lose any of
TenNapel's trademark brilliant imagination.
A promising first offering; now let's see where it goes. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)