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Prince of Persia: the Graphic Novel

by A.B. Sina, LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland

Publisher: First Second

Format: Softcover, 6x9, full color, $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-59643-207-9

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

This book, based on the classic computer game (the latest version of the game is due to be released in November 2008), tells the story of multiple heroes and heroines. Fans of the original games may be better well equipped to understand the time shifts as the action flashes forward and backward between centuries, but any readers looking for adventure should enjoy the chases, fights, and political intrigue. There are several grisly scenes of leadership gone wrong, as multiple victims are decapitated or have their tongues cut out. And the divide between the haves and the have-nots is clearly illustrated by the battle over the precious water supply. The pages are filled with vibrant colors and stirring images; the palette begins with a spectrum of desert browns, which make vibrant hues like peacock blue and blood red stand out even more against the colors of sand and bone. In an insightful afterword, game creator Jordan Mechner writes about how this character has evolved over time in various incarnations. This is an excellent recommendation for computer gamers and the fan base that will emerge for the forthcoming (2009) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie, and a good choice for everyone else. –Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library