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PRINCE OF PERSIA by Jordan Mechner Kirkus Star

PRINCE OF PERSIA

By Jordan Mechner (Author) , A.B. Sina (Author) , Alex Puvilland (Illustrator) , LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 2nd, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59643-207-9
Publisher: First Second/Roaring Brook

Completing a solid evolution from video game to graphic novel, Mechner and Sina breathe life, passion and legend into the original concept. Told through intertwined narratives set four centuries apart, a prophecy serves as an anchor between the concurrent threads: “a palace must fall / and a prince must rise from the waters...” Pham and Puvilland’s vibrant, bold art creates a lush backdrop for this intense tale. Though largely based in fantasy, elemental themes—earth, fire, air and water—provide a firm sensory foundation. Readers will feel the desiccated, scorched desert earth of the peasants, cut off from water by the evil rulers; know the fiery heat of battles, rage and injustice that have spanned centuries; experience the wind beating under the wings of a philosophizing peacock; and understand the cooling relief as water protects and nourishes. This complex epic demands careful reading and a keen eye to detail. Combine these intricacies with a sprawling, visually literate landscape of love, lore and violence, and the result is a fine saga for older readers. (afterword) (Graphic fiction. YA)