cbr12bingo Fresh Start
I am not usually not a fan of huge open endings of first books in a series, but even with an open ending, Lightfall: The Girl and the Galdurian is a complete story of Bea and her new friend Cad. Tim Probert put fantasy staples throughout, with modern themes, hints of classic tales and wrapped it up all in a sparsely texted story that is beautifully done. This is a charming graphic novel. This fast-paced story is great for the 10 to 14-year-old reader. But of course, adults must read, too.
Bea deals with anxiety. Her grandfather, the Pig Wizard, is forgetful. And Cad is too darn perky for his own good sometimes (but when the chips are down, do not count them out. You will never find a more loyal friend). Things are not always what they seem, but in this new buddy-adventure you will find (as Lynn from Goodreads said) “illustrations [that] have a beautiful luminous quality that steals the show” and “charming characters [that] are engaging and charmingly drawn.” Not to mention “little idiosyncrasies” (as Kristine from Goodreads put in their review).
Everything about this book is good. There is hope. There is humor. There is adventure. To tell the story outside of “two new and slightly unlikely friends’ journey to find Bea’s grandfather and find adventure along the way” is to give too many spoilers away. You need to read the book to experience it. You just need to dive in and see where you go. I felt this book in a way I cannot describe other than, “I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK!” I do hope, however, that the sequels do live up to the potential this first book in this new graphic novel series.