Page 45 Review by Jonathan
"When the fields thrive, the sky becomes peat and the earth turns into gold. At the time of the richest harvests, he cometh.
"The deceiver, the thief, the drinker of eyes. The all-devouring black cloud.
"The King Of Crows.
"The earth is stripped bare by the insatiable shadow of his wings. And only the awakening of The Scarecrow Prince shall contain his hunger."
"Then nothing! There's barely a page on the subject here! Perhaps we could have chosen a better-documented myth, mum."
"Well, it's a great opportunity to get our creative juices flowing! For the illustrations, I'm already thinking of a synthetic and dirty stroke, without any pointless virtuosities."
"And make readers hate?"
"It's not the job of an author to give the readers what they want... it is the job of author to give the reader what they need."
"And today's readers need superficial illustrations, right?"
"It was just an idea. When did you become so negative?"
Federico Rossi Edrighi is either a total wag or blissfully unaware of the irony he's just perpetuated. For your first impression of the art here may very well be that it is comprised "of a synthetic and dirty stroke, without any pointless virtuosities".
We'll just get this one out of the way right now. The art style won't spoil anything at all for you. In fact, by the end of this work, particularly whenthe King Of Crows finally arrives in full effect, all distressingly angular and midnight black of raiment, I found myself rather appreciating it. It is, however, going to prove a stumbling block for some, I suspect. Which is a real shame because this is a very gripping, bum-squeakingly suspenseful all-ages story full of spite and mystery...
Here's the altogether natural and rather virtuous publisher pith to put you in the peculiarly drawn picture...
"Morrigan Moore has always been moody, but her new home is the worst. Her novelist mother has dragged her to the countryside, drawn by the lost myth of the King of Crows, a dark figure of theft and deceit, and the Scarecrow Prince, the only one who can stand against him. When Morrigan finds herself swept up in the legend, she'll have no choice but to take on the Scarecrow Prince's mantel, and to stand and fight. For her town, her family, and her own future. This... will pull you into its sinister secrets and not let go till the final page. For fans of Coraline..."
Yes, I definitely get the CORALINE reference. It certainly has that menacing, brooding feel to it. And that's just to start with. Then the tension and peril really begins to ratchet up with increasing rapidity as Morrigan gradually starts to realise just how much trouble she's really in. But, that's what you get for being moody!! If Morrigan manages to survive, and somehow save her dysfunctional family and the unappreciative townsfolk in the process, maybe she'll lighten up a bit! Recommended.