Saturday 9 September 2017

Prince Martin Wins His Sword - Brandon Hale and Jason Zimdars - The Prince Martin Epic Book 1

Prince Martin Wins His Sword
The Prince Martin Epic Book 1
Brandon Hale
Jason Zimdars (Illustrator)
ISBN 9781548835712

I enjoy poetry, I enjoy epic poems, I enjoy action and adventure stories.  But in my opinion this book does not pull off the epic poem especially with the intended audience. I read this book ahead of reading it with my son. It is not a long volume and my son wanted to read it so I pushed my way through, to finish the book. Then when I went to read it with my son we did not even finish the first chapter. The verse was just to forced and he gave up on it.

It is a good idea for a story. And the series looks like it has potential. But this book just does not pull it off. On Amazon the ratings for this book are either 4 or 5 stars before I wrote my review. On Good reads it is an equal split of 3 or 5 stars. I enjoyed the plot of a young boy growing in maturity and virtues, of his needing to earn his sword, and his going on adventure.

The same week I read this book I read Nicholas Gilroy: Our Lady and the Guardian and I must admit that for as much as I loved that book. Prince Martin left me saying meh. I really believe that if this same story was done it prose, or even poetry without the forced rhyming it would have been a much better read. And after my son did not finish this one, I am unlikely to pick up future volumes even for my own reading.

The illustrations by Jason Zimdars remind me a lot of the classic Tin-Tin books I read in French immersion school. They are well done and really add to the overall story. Without the illustrations being so strong my review might have dropped to two stars.

So over all good idea, good plot but weak execution.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

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