Girl Genius, Volume 7: Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle

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Adventure, Romance, Mad Science! Agatha Heterodyne is the last heir to the Maddest of Mad Scientist families, and now she's returning home to claim the family castle. Unfortunately, it turns out that she's not the only one with that idea in mind.

This collection represents an all-new installment of Phil & Kaja Foglio's award-winning gaslamp fantasy series and includes an extra four-page story in addition to the main plotline.

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Overview

Adventure, Romance, Mad Science! Agatha Heterodyne is the last heir to the Maddest of Mad Scientist families, and now she's returning home to claim the family castle. Unfortunately, it turns out that she's not the only one with that idea in mind.

This collection represents an all-new installment of Phil & Kaja Foglio's award-winning gaslamp fantasy series and includes an extra four-page story in addition to the main plotline.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890856458
  • Publisher: Studio Foglio
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: Girl Genius Series , #7
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,319,541
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

    And Now, Part Three

    By my reckoning, Part One of the Girl Genius Story reached its climax when Lilith Clay told Agatha "Get to Castle Heterodyne. It will help you." Then Lilith threw Agatha to safety, seconds before being torn limb from limb. "We're in a Heterodyne story now," observed one character. Indeed we are, for Agatha Clay had just been revealed as Agatha Heterodyne.

    For three volumes, Agatha has moved from pitfall to peril on her journey to the Castle. Now she stands at the gate of Mechanicsburg. Mechanicsburg, ancestral home of the Heterodyne family, a line of scheming, despoiling Mad Scientists--Sparks. Home of the improbable Heterodyne Boys, heroes celebrated in fact and fiction. And now, home of Agatha Heterodyne, if only she can tame it.

    For above Mechanicsburg stands Castle Heterodyne, brooding, broken, scheming, maniacal--and quite insane. It is the place where nobody wants to go, the place where ruling Spark Klaus Wolfenbach sends his prisoners to work and die. Nobody wants to go there--except for Agatha Heterodyne and her companions.

    But before meeting the Castle, Agatha must be accepted by the town of Mechanicsburg. And before she can even get started, an imposter in pink floats in from the sky to claim Agatha's place.

    Agatha is fresh from her battle with Klaus Wolfenbach, who lies recovering in Mechanicsburg's Great Hospital. His son Gilgamesh is devoted equally to his father, his father's empire, and Agatha. Soon Gil will need every one of his father's lessons as well as his own skill, for he, like his father, like Agatha, is also a Spark. And he will give new meaning to that word.

    The Foglio artwork and humor never disappoint. The premise of the series invites over-the-top moments, and they are delivered. In lesser hands they would be overplayed and the story would collapse. Phil and Kaja Foglio get it just right, again and again. Cheyenne Wright's superb color work brings life and subtlety to scenes light and dark; his use of color themes gives a sense of place.

    Agatha Heterodyne is a wonderful heroine, and her story is multilayered and complex with story arcs short, long, and in-between. Here in Part Three she retains a small core of companions. Her champions of Part Two, Master Payne's Circus, retire to the wings. And the second page of this volume resembles the second page of Volume I in that we follow a character through a crowd. Whether this is deliberate I do not know, but it is certainly fitting.

    The Girl Genius series should be considered between PG and PG-13. Agatha and others are seen in their underwear or draped to be just barely decent and issues of romance and bloodline are integral to the story.

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