Meridian: Going to Ground

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Meridian is the story of Sephie, a sheltered young girl whose life resembles nothing so much as a fairy tale. The beloved only child of the Minister of Meridian, she grows up with an entire floating city as her playground. Then her father dies, and she inherits a sigil imbued with the power to create. So does her wicked Uncle Ilahn, except that his powers are bent on destruction and domination. Suddenly Sephie finds herself at the center of a power struggle, and quickly she learns that there is more than love in ...
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Meridian is the story of Sephie, a sheltered young girl whose life resembles nothing so much as a fairy tale. The beloved only child of the Minister of Meridian, she grows up with an entire floating city as her playground. Then her father dies, and she inherits a sigil imbued with the power to create. So does her wicked Uncle Ilahn, except that his powers are bent on destruction and domination. Suddenly Sephie finds herself at the center of a power struggle, and quickly she learns that there is more than love in the world. Kidnapped to the island of Calador, Sephie's journey home to Meridian puts her in the path of many people good and bad that help her grow up and counter Ilahn's plans to take over her world. Meridian is a floating sky island of shipbuilders ravaged by the occupying forces from Cadador, the island of merchants and contract holders. The Minister of Meridian, Sephie, has survived a trial by fire. Returning home, Sephie will use the strange healing powers she's been given to banish the Cadadorians from her island. Unfortunately, her Uncle Ilahn was also given a sigil and its wonderful ability to manipulate energies - but his power destroys. Meridian is a coming-of-age story that appeals to the audience of "Harry Potter" fans with its magical battles and fantastic setting all narrated by Sephie.

A former drama major, Barbara Kesel has been in the comic book industry since 1981, when she wrote a Batgirl backup story for Detective Comics. Since then she has written for every major comic company as well as served as an editor at DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics. Now she is writing Meridian, The First, and CrossGen Chronicles.

Steve McNiven is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He holds a BA in Art Education and a BFA in Sculpture and spent four years teaching art to high school kids before coming to CrossGen.

Working in the comic industry since 1993, Tom Simmons has seen his name attached to many comics as both an inker and a writer. He's worked for every major comic publisher, including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Valiant, and others.

Morry Hollowell is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art who spent three years working as a colorist for McNabb Studios.
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Teen fans of fantasy and adventure stories will love Meridian. Librarians should also introduce this series to those teens who like DUNE and Andre Norton's science fiction adventures, as well as to manga readers who like Sailor Moon. Meridian is suitable for middle school and up.
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Adult/High School-A cataclysmic event on Demetria poisoned the land and hurled boulders into the sky, creating something akin to city-states. Sephie is the daughter of the Minister of Meridian; when he dies, she inherits both his position and his sigil, which gives her the power of renewal. Her uncle Ilahn, Minister of Cadador, also receives a sigil; his gives him the power of decay. Ground opens with Sephie escaping from a factory that relies on child labor in Akasia, a city on the poisoned ground, to a lumber camp where she impresses the workers with her newfound ability to fly. Ilahn, angry that the Minister of Akasia can't produce his niece, destroys part of the city and the sky-ships needed for commerce. Sephie realizes that he means to dominate all of Demetria by controlling its trade, so she sets out to build a coalition of cities that doesn't rely on Cadador. In Skies, Sephie challenges Cadador's control over sky trade routes. Her uncle then denies ore to the city of Torbel, which causes the island to fall from the sky. Sephie and her band do what they can, but almost half the population dies, and Ilahn and Sephie wage war on one another. Sephie is a strong heroine, dedicated, sincere, and loyal, and determined to use her power for the benefit of not only Meridian, but all of Demetria; it's easy to see why people are drawn to her and her cause. The dynamic, lush, color art is equally adept at displaying emotion or action. Together, these titles are a coming-of-age story on a richly imagined world with appealing characters.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931484091
  • Publisher: CrossGeneration Comics, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Series: Meridian Series, #2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

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    Fantastic book for all ages!

    Its sad that this book along with the entire company never survived but this collection here (containing 8 issues) is really good. The art by current superstar, Steve McNiven is utterly gorgeous. The world that is created here comes alive. Barbara Kesel breathes life into the young heroine, Sephie. Although her prose can sometimes be a little too sugary and the connection to the other Crossgen titles take the story off course, this book is a must read for all ages, especially young girls.

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