House swapping can be a great way to vacation...unless you pick the wrong house.
Katie has always had a fascination with history. So when she’s offered a house swap with a girl from Britain, she jumps at the chance to summer at Rowans Rise—a house older than her entire home country. Escaping her parents’ attentiveness is great, and the town is beautiful, but something about the place feels wrong. And then the nightmares begin, which spurs Katie to investigate the history of this house. It doesn’t take long for her to learn that sometimes the past is best left alone. From bestselling novelist Mike Carey (The Girl with All The Gifts, Lucifer) and artist Mike Perkins (Stephen King's The Stand, Captain America), Rowans Ruin will keep readers guessing right up to the harrowing conclusion.
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About the Author
Mike Carey is a British writer whose work spans comics, novels, film scripts, and TV shows. After writing shorts for British sci-fi comic 2000 AD and a few one-shots for Caliber Comics during the 1990s, he was offered DC/Vertigo’s LUCIFER — henceforth the longest running and most successful Sandman-related spinoff to date. While continuing to work with DC on Vertigo series like CROSSING MIDNIGHT and graphic novels like GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, he took over as lead writer for Marvel’s X-MEN (now X-MEN: LEGACY) in 2006. His work includes DC/Vertigo’s HELLBLAZER, Marvel’s ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, the FELIX CASTOR novels, THE STEEL SERAGLIO (with Linda and Louise Carey), and DC/Vertigo’s THE UNWRITTEN (with Peter Gross).
Mike Perkins is an illustrator for Marvel Comics having worked on Captain America, Thor and The X-Men. After wrapping up the 31 issues adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand he transitioned into illustrating Astonishing X-Men and has now re-launched Deathlok. He has been nominated numerous times for Eisner and Harvey Awards and, as well as winning the Eagle Award, counts being on the New York Times Bestseller list and being exhibited in Munich, London and Paris amongst his career achievements.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mikes, Carey & Perkins, tell the story of Katie and Emily who decide to swap houses for vacation. That's when things get weird. Carey does a good job of crafting a haunting tale but foreshadows the twist too heavily. Also, the protagonist is too easy going with some kooky stuff. Perkins usually does phenomenal work but his stuff looked much more rough than normal. Not as good as he's been in the past. Overall, a decent read that could have been tweaked to be very good.
Our heroine Katie is looking for a place to relax and somewhere new to rejuvenate herself. She finds a young woman in England is looking to house swap. Katie soon finds the home she has found herself in has hidden skeletons. Spirits began to show themselves to Katie. Whether they are there to help or to hurt is something she must figure out and hopefully not too late. There is a mixture of realism and mysticism which makes this graphic novel thrilling to read. The main character, Katie, finds out things about herself that she thought was bad but is just really a part of herself others don’t understand. For example she is empathic and a medium of sorts as she sees ghosts. When in previously in her life when mysterious things would happen her family made her take a trip to a psychiatrist who would then put in her on medication. The story ends with sadness but also with hope as Katie learns that she is a strong woman with special abilities that can help herself and others once she learns to use those abilities. I had hoped that there was going to be a series after this graphic novel. I really liked Katie’s and the characters around her. The story moved quickly and was exciting. I wanted more and I am sad to say that as of now Rowan’s Ruin is a stand alone. Author Mike Carey is known more for writing other comics like Lucifer, Neverwhere, Unwritten and some X-men. Rowan’s Ruin is a hidden gem with art that may not be spectacular but fitting for the story.