The Tower of Shadows

Overview

The time has come to confront the Master of Shadows. Rebecca, Max, and Theo must follow Grandpa Gabe into the heart of the Master's realm, the Tower of Shadows. But can Grandpa Gabe be trusted? There's a reason he's so familiar with the dark powers that rule Elsewhere: he created them. Grandpa Gabe's plan might just be a suicide mission, but it's their last chance to save our world—and Rebecca's life.

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Overview

The time has come to confront the Master of Shadows. Rebecca, Max, and Theo must follow Grandpa Gabe into the heart of the Master's realm, the Tower of Shadows. But can Grandpa Gabe be trusted? There's a reason he's so familiar with the dark powers that rule Elsewhere: he created them. Grandpa Gabe's plan might just be a suicide mission, but it's their last chance to save our world—and Rebecca's life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Rebecca, Max, and Theo have no choice but to continue on their quest to find the Master of Shadows. They follow Grandpa Gabe right to the Tower of Shadows and, on their way, learn a lot about the older relative. They are surprised at all of the items he has stashed in the past that turn out to be very helpful on this quest. As the group travels on, the children question whether they can trust Grandpa Gage; after all, he admits that it was he who created the Master of Shadows. When they finally see the structure where the Master is hiding, everyone realizes they need some sort of plan for entry. Before they can come up with one, terrible “things” are attacking them. Will they be able to fight back and destroy the Master? Each page is filled with exciting text and great illustrations. Two engaging, curiosity-stoking paragraphs at the front of the book bring the reader up to date with the story. Graphic novels are favorites of mine as they are perfect for struggling readers and can hook a non-reader into reading more and more. Book six in the “ElseWhere Chronicles” series, this is a must for home and classroom libraries. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs AGERANGE: Ages 9 up.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
In this abbreviated episode, the much-reduced central cast mounts a twin assault on the Master of Shadows and the dark lake from which he and his teeming umbral minions have sprung. The action picks up as Rebecca, Max and Theo follow enigmatic old Gabe to the high tower where the Master waits. There, they find a doppelganger of Rebecca that, according to Gabe, she must kill while the boys are dispatched to drop a flash bomb into the inky lake called the Source. Punctuated by snarky banter from the children and thunderous scenery-chewing by the adults ("Your overreaching excess will destroy you, you poor fool!"), the ensuing battles bring only partial success for the mission. There are many spectacular explosions, heroic feats and last-instant rescues, though, as well as destruction on a truly grand scale. In contrast to the at-best sketchy plotline, Bannister's atmospheric illustrations feature expressive characters placed in finely detailed, eerily organic landscapes or dim subterranean reaches inhabited by menacing swirls of shadow. The lapidary art repays examination, but notwithstanding a prefatory thumbnail recap and later on-the-fly explication, new readers will get more out of this sometimes-dark series by taking the volumes in order. (Graphic fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467712330
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 11/28/2013
  • Pages: 48
  • Lexile: GN410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nykko is the author of several graphic novel series, including The ElseWhere Chronicles (Les Enfants d'ailleurs), originally published in French by Dupuis, which won the 2007 Lyon Festival Youth Prize. Nykko lives in Perros-Guirec, France.
Bannister, the pseudonym of Nicolas Seigneret, has been creating graphic novels since the age of 17. His work has appeared in Flight Explorer (Villard Books/Random House) and several editions of the Flight anthology.

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