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Publishers WeeklySwarms of cute, furry little critters thirsting for each others' blood fill this extremely clever introductory guide to the war fought over the once-lovely land of Amity by The Ele-Alta from the western mountains of Berona and The Cropones, who live in the eastern forests. Both races look like stuffed children's toys, with oversize heads and big eyes that can seem winsome and innocent-or sly and malevolent. As displays of sprawled casualties demonstrate, their primitive armaments are equally whimsical and deadly. If they fail to butcher each other, it's not for lack of trying; they can design a death ray, for example, but have trouble building a working version out of chipped stone and rough-hewn wood. The book itself looks like an deliberately unpolished draft of a role-playing-game manual, patched together on notebook paper, with post-it notes and whiteout corrections. The art is lovely, though, with strong design and a real feel for the world. To be followed by an ongoing story called Berona's War: Fight for Amity. Illus.
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