Tuesday, September 19, 2017

GRAPHIC NOVEL SEQUELS: Cleopatra in Space: The Golden Lion/The Nameless City: The Stone Heart


Cleo is back at Yasiro Academy, recovering from the tragic events that occurred on planet Hykosis. She feels responsible for the death of her friend Zaid, and trains nonstop. And when she learns that the Golden Lion -- a star with immeasurable energy that could destroy them all if weaponized -- has been located, she goes alone to the snowy, icy planet Cada'duun to find it. There, she faces off with a new enemy who has been instructed to destroy the Golden Lion... and her.  

Each book in this series has gotten more intense than the last as Cleo struggles to live up to the prophecies about her.  After the tragedy of losing a friend in book 3, which Cleo blames herself for, Cleo isn't about to involve her friends in her latest escapade.  Especially since the council (most of them) didn't want her to seek out the Golden Lion (fallen star of great power) in the first place.  But this is Cleo, who acts first and thinks later, and she convinces her friend Brian to help her get to the planet where the Golden Lion is supposed to be.  But despite the warnings about snow, Cleo is not prepared for what she finds: blizzards, enormous snow spiders, and a thief (Antony) from her past. Forced to team up with Antony, Cleo fights to survive and stumbles into something unexpected.  And when the enemy shows up, she's forced to fight.  I have to admit, the ending of this one stunned me it was so unexpected.  In fact several things happen at the end that really surprised me, but which open up some rather interesting new questions about just who Cleo is and what she's supposed to do.

This is a fabulous series for young adventure readers who like a good dose of humor, courage, and the unexpected.  The relationships are fun as well as Cleo and Antony (who didn't see that coming) get to know each other better amid all the storm and strife.  Combining historical fiction and science fiction has turned out brilliantly in this thoroughly entertaining series.


Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed territory of the City itself.

To complicate things further, Kaidu is fairly certain he's stumbled on a formula for the lost weapon of the mysterious founders of the City. . . . But sharing it with the Dao military would be a complete betrayal of his friendship with Rat. Can Kai find the right solution before the Dao find themselves at war?
Having really liked the first book in The Nameless City trilogy, I was eager to read this second book.  And I was not disappointed. Kai and Rat are coming to terms with their changed circumstances and the changes that seem to be in store for the city.  But unfortunately, the politics involved in the running of an empire can change quickly, and when things take a turn for the worse, Kai, his father, and Rat are forced to flee.  As the fate of the city rests on a knife's edge, Kai and Rat wonder if the formula created by the cities' founders is the answer.  But keeping it out of the hands of the new found enemy may be more than they can handle.  Like second books in most trilogies, the book ends on a cliffhanger, with many questions still to be answered.  I'm truly anxious to get my hands on the third book.  My favorite part of this series are the gorgeous illustrations, depicting Kai and Rat, young people from different cultures who found the courage to look beyond appearances.  Now it's up to them to try to prevent all out war and save the city they both love.

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