I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pandemonium by Chris Wooding
Published by Scholastic Press on January 1st 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel
Acclaimed author Chris Wooding's first graphic novel -- fun fantasy-adventure with a macabre twist! Seifer's life is about to become a royal pain. . . . As captain of the local skullball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He's fast, he's strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer's always dreamed of more--of leaving his tiny, remote village for a new life beyond the mountains.He just never dreamed it would happen like this. Knocked unconscious and abducted, Seifer awakens in the royal palace to learn that Prince Talon Pandemonium has gone missing. And since Seifer is a ringer for Talon, it's his duty to replace the missing royal in his roles of diplomat, warrior, and Lord Defender of the Realm. He might fool Talon's sisters. He might fool Talon's army. But Seifer has little hope of fooling Talon's enemies. . . .Chris Wooding and debut artist Cassandra Diaz team for a classic tale of mistaken identity set against the breathtakingly original backdrop of the Darkling Realm.
Plot: I felt a little thrown into the story too fast. I expect graphic novels to progress quickly, but I felt like this one had too much all at once. I liked the idea of the plot, but it didn’t work timing wise. It’s a story also that has been done quite a bit.
Characters: Seifer is an interesting character, but falls quickly into the heartthrob and now prince of the realm. He’s a little too like a Mary Sue, does everything that is righteous and is appreciated for it right off the bat. Seifer quickly shows he cannot impersonate Talon and it felt a little too fake that everyone fell for it but the family.
Graphics: I really loved the graphics in Pandemonium and thought that saved the book from being a total failure. I hope the story gets better and the graphics remain as fantastic as they were. I love the style, a bit different from anything I’ve seen so far.