The Captive Prince

The Captive Prince

by Scott Chantler
     
 

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Book three of the acclaimed Three Thieves graphic novel series begins with Dessa, Topper and Fisk, still on the run from the Queen's Dragons, stopping to make camp for the night. While collecting firewood, Dessa happens upon a kidnapping and manages to boldly rescue the captive boy and bring him to safety. Once out of harm's way, the boy reveals that he is Paladin,

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Book three of the acclaimed Three Thieves graphic novel series begins with Dessa, Topper and Fisk, still on the run from the Queen's Dragons, stopping to make camp for the night. While collecting firewood, Dessa happens upon a kidnapping and manages to boldly rescue the captive boy and bring him to safety. Once out of harm's way, the boy reveals that he is Paladin, the crown prince of Medoria! Upon Paladin's safe return to his kingdom, his father, King Victor the Fourth, decrees three days of celebration in tribute to the three heroes who have saved his precious only son. Dessa, Topper and Fisk know they are taking a risk by remaining in the castle for all that time, but how can they refuse the king? And to make things trickier still, is the charming prince falling for Dessa?

The cinematic artwork in this series offers a fully visual experience for young readers looking for an exciting tale of adventure, told in episodes. Dessa's derring-do is on display once again as she's seen swinging into action to save the prince's life (twice!), among other exploits. The fast pace alone is enough to keep young readers turning the pages. Creator Scott Chantler has also crafted a tremendously intriguing fantasy world in these books, fleshing out the intricacies a bit more with every installment. The layers and connections between characters promote critical thinking, while the masterful storytelling provides terrific opportunities for studying story components and literature.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Three fugitives and a bookish young prince repeatedly rescue one another in the latest episode of this particularly adventuresome graphic-novel series. Coming by chance upon two mercenaries and a kidnapping victim, ex–circus performer Dessa and her nonhuman companions Fisk and Topper engineer a rescue. The lucky fellow? Paladin, Crown Prince of Medoria. Smitten but annoyed ("Really? It's gotta be me? Every time?"), Dessa does it again after Paladin ineptly tries to woo her by entering his first joust and then falling beneath his frantic charger's hooves. Kidnapped again by the same pair during the ensuing brouhaha, Paladin gets away by himself and, turnabout, reappears in time to help Dessa and her friends escape the wrath of his ungrateful royal father. Chantler leaves some questions unanswered (such as how the kidnappers seem to get away so easily each time) and doesn't advance the larger plotline he set up in the previous two volumes much. He does add an element of star-crossed romance to a typically fast-paced tale replete with narrow squeaks and spectacular gymnastic feats. Both the nonstop action and the sometimes subtle interactions between characters are easy to follow in the cleanly drawn and colored panels. Nary a dull moment, nor even a slow one in this escapade's latest outing. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Dessa and her motley crew of companions are back and still on the run from the Queen's Dragons. They stumble across a group of mercenaries and rescue their captive, who turns out to be Prince Paladin. The king invites them all back to his kingdom for a banquet of gratitude but they hesitantly accept, hoping that no one will realize who they are. Dessa's and Paladin's friendship deepens but her rough edges rub the royal parents the wrong way and there are forces at work determined to keep them apart. When their true identities are discovered the group is forced to flee. They take with them some clues as to the whereabouts of Dessa's twin brother. The knowledge, however, comes at a price as Dessa is injured in the escape. And if that is not dramatic enough the revelation on the last page will leave readers clamoring for the next book. The pacing is perfect in this third installment of the "Three Thieves" series, alternating levity with action to keep the reader fully engaged and the vibrantly colored panels make it a visual feast as well. A great addition to any adventure-lover's library. Reviewer: Amy McMillan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554537761
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Series:
Three Thieves Series , #3
Pages:
116
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
GN450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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