BREAKING OUT THE DEVIL by Jane Yolen

BREAKING OUT THE DEVIL

From the "Stone Man Mysteries" series, volume 3
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Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A boy and a gargoyle are pitted against the devil.

In 1930s Edinburgh, Scotland, street urchin Craig works with Silex, a fearsome, fanged demon imprisoned in a gargoyle’s form affixed high upon a church ledge. Silex knows that hellions from the underworld walk among humans and, with Craig’s assistance, seeks to keep the mortal world free from their impious intentions. After an argument in which Silex mentions his previous young helper, Craig decides to seek him out to learn about their disunion. He finds the boy in an asylum and, to his surprise, discovers that he is possessed by the Prince of Darkness himself. Soon, Silex and Craig are fighting the ultimate battle between good and evil; will Silex finally be able to triumph over the devil? With a hearty dose of Christian influence and a well-wrought gothic atmosphere all set against the background of a continual Scottish burr, this trilogy closer manages to be expressive in its depiction of Scotland, however rushed in its action and weak in character development. The black-and-white art is downright moody and dark; its visual intricacy vacillates between terrifying renderings of demons and shadowy and indistinct scenes of Scotland, making for an ambiance that seems intentionally disconcerting. All characters appear to be white and, for the most part, male.

An ambitious conclusion that does not quite hit its mark. (Graphic historical thriller. 12-adult)

Pub Date: Nov. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5415-7288-1
Page count: 88pp
Publisher: Graphic Universe
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2019




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