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Told in graphic novel form, Muirwood: The Lost Abbey introduces an all-new chapter in Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood universe. Maia, the daughter of the king of Comoros, has been banished, her rank and station taken away. Although magic is forbidden of women in her world, Maia secretly learned...and now her desperate father has sent her on a dangerous quest to save their kingdom. Told in graphic novel form, Muirwood: The Lost Abbey introduces an all-new chapter in Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood universe. Maia, the daughter of the king of Comoros, has been banished, her rank and station taken away. Although magic is forbidden of women in her world, Maia secretly learned...and now her desperate father has sent her on a dangerous quest to save their kingdom. Protected by a hired killer, Maia voyages to another realm—the cursed shores of Dahomey, where an ancient Blight has destroyed all the inhabitants. Maia believes she can restore the deadly lands by using her magic medallion, but if she’s discovered wielding her clandestine power, she will most certainly be hunted down and killed. From renowned fantasy writers Jeff Wheeler, Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables, House of Mystery), and Dave Justus (Fables: The Wolf Among Us), featuring stunning art by Alex Sheikman (Dark Crystal: Creation Myths) and Lizzy John (Dark Crystal: Creation Myths). Covers by Inaki Miranda (Fairest).


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Told in graphic novel form, Muirwood: The Lost Abbey introduces an all-new chapter in Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood universe. Maia, the daughter of the king of Comoros, has been banished, her rank and station taken away. Although magic is forbidden of women in her world, Maia secretly learned...and now her desperate father has sent her on a dangerous quest to save their kingdom. Told in graphic novel form, Muirwood: The Lost Abbey introduces an all-new chapter in Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood universe. Maia, the daughter of the king of Comoros, has been banished, her rank and station taken away. Although magic is forbidden of women in her world, Maia secretly learned...and now her desperate father has sent her on a dangerous quest to save their kingdom. Protected by a hired killer, Maia voyages to another realm—the cursed shores of Dahomey, where an ancient Blight has destroyed all the inhabitants. Maia believes she can restore the deadly lands by using her magic medallion, but if she’s discovered wielding her clandestine power, she will most certainly be hunted down and killed. From renowned fantasy writers Jeff Wheeler, Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables, House of Mystery), and Dave Justus (Fables: The Wolf Among Us), featuring stunning art by Alex Sheikman (Dark Crystal: Creation Myths) and Lizzy John (Dark Crystal: Creation Myths). Covers by Inaki Miranda (Fairest).

30 review for Muirwood: The Lost Abbey: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Frannie Pan

    This is one huge NO for me. It wasn't about the story, which was the typical YA fantasy about an imprisoned girl who doesn't have the guts to say no to a dangerous and unnecessary quest and a dark broody killer will accompany her to protect her and love ensues and bla bla bla. Lots of clichés ahead, but I could have worked with that (kind of). It was not even about the sort of blurry and out of focus art, that's personal taste and at times I was pretty much digging it. But NO. The written part o This is one huge NO for me. It wasn't about the story, which was the typical YA fantasy about an imprisoned girl who doesn't have the guts to say no to a dangerous and unnecessary quest and a dark broody killer will accompany her to protect her and love ensues and bla bla bla. Lots of clichés ahead, but I could have worked with that (kind of). It was not even about the sort of blurry and out of focus art, that's personal taste and at times I was pretty much digging it. But NO. The written part of the story was actually heavily written. There weren't many dialogues; there were descriptions and lots of inner thoughts and I just spent too much time reading and not enough time looking at the art and the point of graphic novels is a good combination of the two, which was not what I got here. So no, it lost all its initial appeal. I won't continue with it and I think I can pretty much guess how the story's gonna end, so..

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diamond

    I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I feel like I need to preface by stating that this is NOT a graphic novel. It’s a “kindle serial” in the form of a comic issue. Perhaps it is a bit longer than a single issue, but not much. I feel like it’s confusing and I kind of was let down by the fact that it ended so shortly and felt abrupt. I get that and even expect that with comic issues (even electronic ones usually have the page number when y I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I feel like I need to preface by stating that this is NOT a graphic novel. It’s a “kindle serial” in the form of a comic issue. Perhaps it is a bit longer than a single issue, but not much. I feel like it’s confusing and I kind of was let down by the fact that it ended so shortly and felt abrupt. I get that and even expect that with comic issues (even electronic ones usually have the page number when you get it). So, hopefully that won’t be a problem for anyone who is thinking to read this. You know the old adage, "Never judge a book by its cover.” ?? Blah blah blah… well, don’t. In this case, especially don’t. Now I don’t know your thoughts on this cover, only my own. I liked it. I thought it looked very professional and like it was from IDW or even Dark Horse. Then I found out it was independent and was even more excited because, wow! Thing is, the graphics inside don’t look like they were done by the same artist. (I should probably check this, and I will when I am less pissed and feeling less like this thing played me). I know that this happens sometimes with graphic novels and I don’t mind that in and of itself, except for when the cover is clearly superior to the graphics inside. It feels like I’ve been cheated. I feel like I was lured inside with a gorgeous cover and promises of an epic fantasy with haunted or lost abbey(s), a strong female heroine with magical powers and ghosts or dragons or something too. Do we get any of that? Not really. There is (what appears could be) a strong female heroine. Honestly, she is more like a heroine who may develop her strength (I’m being generous & optimistic. The abbey isn’t haunted or cursed, or anything remotely interesting. The heroine is overshadowed by her enormous douche of a father who is also, surprise surprise, a king. *eye roll* The story was kind of “meh” — a phenomenon that happens often enough for me to have an entire shelf on Goodreads dedicated to it. By the time (I mean, the exact time) I felt like “okay, this could be good I guess…even though it’s weird” it ENDED. I don’t know if hat’s a good thing in this case because of the other things I’ve mentioned that have made me a bit suiky. I don’t like that I was misled, even if it is “unintentional.” Also, get the caliber of graph8ics that are on the cover to match the pages please. That would be a step in the right direction. Will I continue with this kindle serial? I don’t think so. There is potential here, or at least, in my mind there is. I do love that it is an independent/indie what seems to have people noticing the series. I think it needs to get a lot better. I think that there’s not much else to say except that it was “weird” (not good or bad weird, just weird). For the reasons I* mentioned plus the characters. The characters were weird as hell. If one character is weird and you can’t figure them out, okay it’s a good thing. It’s a plot device, or whatever — I don’t know. In this case, we have a weird heroine, an asshole father who is very weird (both domineering possessive and manipulative of his daughter). She seems to hate him and yet does exactly what he asks because a ...(wait for it)… ...mercenary hired by her father is there to “protect her” Oh, and he’s the weirdest of them all. Of courseshe listens to what he says. Even though she doesn’t know him at all, and he is following her. And oh I love how it ends with her saying : (view spoiler)[ something along the lines of .. I don’t know if I feel safer that he will be on the journey there or not. (hide spoiler)] WTF?! THEN WHY ARE YOU GOING BITCH. OH IS IT BECAUSE (view spoiler)[ your mercenary weiredo (hide spoiler)] told you to go because your dad would “force” you to go otherwise? Or put you in a dungeon? And you believe that easily? If so, you snuck out! What is stopping you from running away? smh. SO confusing. Even worse, I don’t buy it. I don’t buy it one bit. In a word, I feel frustrated by this teaser of an issue labelled “kindle serial” VOL. 1. A volume implies length, does it not? In my experience it does. So if you are considering reading it know this: expect a weird introduction to a story with potential to be great. If you have the next issue available right away, go for it. If you don’t and you don’t like covers that contradict graphics inside then leave this alone. (I also suggest opening the book on Amazon if you can so you can peek at the graphics prior to reading.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    2.5 stars Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com This review is just for the first issue, which was all that was available on Netgalley at the time. It's so short, that it's almost impossible to form a decent opinion on it. However, there always the first impression. Which was, at best, a bit mixed. While I have the complete Muirwood series, I haven't read them yet and thought this might be the perfect introduction before I start reading them. The story so far seemed quite stan 2.5 stars Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com This review is just for the first issue, which was all that was available on Netgalley at the time. It's so short, that it's almost impossible to form a decent opinion on it. However, there always the first impression. Which was, at best, a bit mixed. While I have the complete Muirwood series, I haven't read them yet and thought this might be the perfect introduction before I start reading them. The story so far seemed quite standard, and I didn't feel too engaged in the story yet, but that might come in a later issue. The artwork wasn't bad, but it didn't wow me. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hope Sloper

    This is the first of five-part graphic series in the Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood storyline. I didn’t know until I dug a little further; this runs alongside a series of books he has published. While I don’t feel I needed to read them to understand what was going on in this graphic novel, I did get the impression that the world isn’t as small as what I was seeing. Just by the small text on the first page, I understood that there was more. I thought that was cool, and exciting because now I have a seri This is the first of five-part graphic series in the Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood storyline. I didn’t know until I dug a little further; this runs alongside a series of books he has published. While I don’t feel I needed to read them to understand what was going on in this graphic novel, I did get the impression that the world isn’t as small as what I was seeing. Just by the small text on the first page, I understood that there was more. I thought that was cool, and exciting because now I have a series to hunt down. There was a ton of inner dialogue in this comic, but I didn’t feel it took from the story. It was nice to read. Sometimes it takes a couple of comics before you really understand the main character or characters. Definitely not the case with the princess. It's easy to tell (minus the bad to the bone cover) she is meant for this epic, life-altering quest. Most of the detail in the art is in the scenery, and not consistent; some of the panels seemed unfinished, while others seemed a bit overdone. Overall, this was a good first read that leads you to a big world. I’ll be reading more Muirwood soon, and intend thus far to keep up with this graphic novel series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maranda @ Melange of Reviews

    3/5 stars You can find all my reviews here *Disclaimer: I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* This is a review over the first issue of the kindle serial titled Muirwood: The Lost Abbey. The art had a nice, dark style going on that fit the story being told perfectly. The transitions from page to page and even at times panel to panel felt jumpy to me. This may have something to do with my inexperience with the Muirwood stories in general. That being said, it presented a 3/5 stars You can find all my reviews here *Disclaimer: I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* This is a review over the first issue of the kindle serial titled Muirwood: The Lost Abbey. The art had a nice, dark style going on that fit the story being told perfectly. The transitions from page to page and even at times panel to panel felt jumpy to me. This may have something to do with my inexperience with the Muirwood stories in general. That being said, it presented a first look for me at an interesting world and now I can’t wait to read some of the novels by Jeff Wheeler. I do hope to follow this serial as they are all released. It’s a good start to what could be a great story, but that’s all this was, a very brief introduction to the story the serial will tell. Hopefully as the story goes on I will follow it and raise my rating as the tale unfurls.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lori Watson

    I fell in love first with the cover art and then with the story description. So you can imagine my disappointment when I downloaded this via NetGalley and discovered the interior artists had quite a different style. That may have been part of the reason it took several pages for me to become sucked into the story, but once the premise was out of the way and the action started, it was magic. Literally. Maia is on a quest for her father, who isn’t much of a father, to use the magic she’s forbidden to I fell in love first with the cover art and then with the story description. So you can imagine my disappointment when I downloaded this via NetGalley and discovered the interior artists had quite a different style. That may have been part of the reason it took several pages for me to become sucked into the story, but once the premise was out of the way and the action started, it was magic. Literally. Maia is on a quest for her father, who isn’t much of a father, to use the magic she’s forbidden to use- the magic that can both protect and possibly destroy her. When she ventures out among the people and is forced to use this magic, that’s when I was sold. The hint of mystery and possible self-destruction made me want to read more and I was disappointed when I reached the end of the first issue. Issue #2, what is in you? All in all, it was an enjoyable read and if I had more, I would have kept reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elevetha

    **An ARC of this book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** 1.5 stars. (Rounding up cause I didn't hate it.) Okay, technically I only read the first issue of this, which was about 24 pages, since that's what was on Netgalley. I wasn't impressed with those 24 pages, however, certainly not enough to bother continuing with the series. This is a generic fantasy story. Observe. Girl is special and can wield magic, and wants a magic stone, and has to save the kingdom, and a commo **An ARC of this book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** 1.5 stars. (Rounding up cause I didn't hate it.) Okay, technically I only read the first issue of this, which was about 24 pages, since that's what was on Netgalley. I wasn't impressed with those 24 pages, however, certainly not enough to bother continuing with the series. This is a generic fantasy story. Observe. Girl is special and can wield magic, and wants a magic stone, and has to save the kingdom, and a commoner soldier boy aids her on her quest. Boring. The art is pretty fantastically lame, with absolutely nothing to it to lend itself to anyone. The text of the story was mostly 1st person narrative, and incredibly dull. And the characters, whose names I cannot recall, were bland and lacking personality to set them apart as individuals. Pass.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Full review soon! Thank you netgalley for giving me a copy in exchange of a honest review! This graphic novel was a little hard to get into, and by that I mean that it was a little confusing. The rest of the story seems quite interesting and I feel like we are not given enough details about the world in general. also, I am not a big fan of the illustrations. I think they lack a little finesse maybe...? This is only my opinion and you may as well disagree with me. Not very interested to pick up the Full review soon! Thank you netgalley for giving me a copy in exchange of a honest review! This graphic novel was a little hard to get into, and by that I mean that it was a little confusing. The rest of the story seems quite interesting and I feel like we are not given enough details about the world in general. also, I am not a big fan of the illustrations. I think they lack a little finesse maybe...? This is only my opinion and you may as well disagree with me. Not very interested to pick up the sequel, but may give it a try.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I received an advanced reading copy of this from net galley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this comic and would be tempted to seek out more if it. my only criticism is that it is a little short. The premise is that a out of favour princess is called back to court and asked to go on a quest by her father because she is in possession of a special amulet. This seems like a really generic fantasy story at first and it kind of is but it's well drawn and well plotted and that overr I received an advanced reading copy of this from net galley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this comic and would be tempted to seek out more if it. my only criticism is that it is a little short. The premise is that a out of favour princess is called back to court and asked to go on a quest by her father because she is in possession of a special amulet. This seems like a really generic fantasy story at first and it kind of is but it's well drawn and well plotted and that overrides the genericness of the ideas. it well worth checking out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katbyrdie

    This is reflective of issue one - I've never read any of the Muirwood stories, but I will now. The main character is strong, and I love the concept of women originally keeping shit going, but men deciding women messed it all up so they take it over, only to fuck it up even more. It's too early to really give a true review of the series itself, but I'm looking forward to the next issue.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Review to come closer to release date.

  12. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    I hoped the interior artwork would look like the covers, but it still fits the fantasy setting. The universe is complex and gives you many details throughout the story via the main character's inner monologue. It feels like a good starting point for the books in the Legends of Muirwood series, if I only had the inclination to read proper books right now. The ability to read enables a person to access the magic of the Medium, but women have been forbidden to use it, so they are not taught to read. I hoped the interior artwork would look like the covers, but it still fits the fantasy setting. The universe is complex and gives you many details throughout the story via the main character's inner monologue. It feels like a good starting point for the books in the Legends of Muirwood series, if I only had the inclination to read proper books right now. The ability to read enables a person to access the magic of the Medium, but women have been forbidden to use it, so they are not taught to read. Maia, the king's daughter is an exception, but she has been stripped of her title and sequestered in her grandmother's house. After 6 years the king is forced by a threat to his kingdom to have his daughter brought to him for a mission to the Lost Abbey suited only for a wielder of the Medium. An ancient order of female magic wielders have hidden away their secrets there and only Maia can gain access to it. She has no choice but to accept her mission and the company of a Kishion, an assassin tasked by the king with her protection. She has reason to fear the man too, but he is the only one who knows of her magical ability and wants to keep it a secret from her other companions. (view spoiler)[When a monster threatens the band, Maia is forced to use her magic to drive it away. The captain of the ship tries to kill her, as is the law for women who use magic, but is stopped by the Kishion, the only one who stays with her past that point. Mara must enter the Lost Abbey by herself. After understanding the blight - called the Myriad Ones - that is spreading in the land, she is shown what life she might have had without magic. The attempt means to placate her into forgetting her quest, but it fails and she obtains a way to stop the corruption. When she exists the Lost Abbey she is captured by Rawlt while the Kishion is fighting the Myriad Ones. She learns that she must embrace what the has learned to be able to unleash her abilities, killing Rawlt and destroying the Lost Abbey in the process. Her quest has only just begun - the battle with the Myriad Ones must follow. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.0 of 5 Author Jeff Wheeler and his publisher, Jet City Comics, is trying something a little different. They are trying to use the Kindle in a slightly new format, producing a serial graphic novel that will be delivered to Kindles monthly. This title is set for five consecutive issues. So...a monthly comic book that is digital only? That's new? I've grown quite accustomed to reading books and graphic novels digitally since beginni This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.0 of 5 Author Jeff Wheeler and his publisher, Jet City Comics, is trying something a little different. They are trying to use the Kindle in a slightly new format, producing a serial graphic novel that will be delivered to Kindles monthly. This title is set for five consecutive issues. So...a monthly comic book that is digital only? That's new? I've grown quite accustomed to reading books and graphic novels digitally since beginning this book review blog, so reading this on a Kindle is definitely no problem for me, though I do know some Luddites who refuse to read books and graphic novels digitally (you know who you are). However...I do still prefer my older Kindle keypad or Kindle Paperwhite, which are both B&W and are very difficult to read graphic novels from. As to the story... a young girl (teenager) has been banished from her home by her father, the king. But now he needs her to perform some sort of errand/quest. The girl, Maia, strikes a bargain with her father. She's supposed to investigate an Abbey that may be haunted. For doing so, she wants to study in Muirwood, which has significance to the two of them, but not to the reader, yet. This is only about thirty pages long, so not a lot gets accomplished. Though on the other hand, a great deal of thinking happens. There's a narration that underscores (or overscores) the dialog in the book. This narration grows tedious. It serves to make Maia a very melancholy teen. It's one of the few times I've ever read a graphic novel and felt like I was clearly reading a Young Adult story, with angst-y teen girls facing off against parents who don't have a clue. I was not impressed by the story and I'm unlikely to read the other graphic novel serials as they come out. I do have two of the novels (Wheeler is crossing genres with this series) in the Muirwood universe, which I will read, though this book has greatly reduced my interest in the series. The art was not particularly good. The covers are wonderful, but it's not uncommon to have a different artist produce the covers. The interior art lacked consistency, characterization, and depth. Even the layouts try too hard to be clever, rather than simply telling the story (for instance ... on one page, two panels prominently focus on a spider on its web in the corner of a room, for no reason other than to show a spider in the room, followed by a panel with a mouse and some crumbs in view). My biggest question is "who is this targeted toward?" This really feels like a Young Adult fare, and the art feels as though it has a junior high quality about it, but there's something else I can't quite put my finger on that feels as though this is being aimed at the general fantasy reader. I hope I'm wrong. I'm unimpressed. Looking for a good book? This digital graphic novel serial issue of Muirwood: The Lost Abbey is to pave the way for future digital comic issues and a series of books, but it gets off on a rough note with poor art and a rambling, heavy narrative. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul Bogen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review is about the first issue of Muirwood: The Lost Abbey. The first issue is very short it introduces us to Maia, a former princess whose father, the Emperor, has stripped her of her title and banished her to her grandmother's home. Maia suddenly is called back to the Imperial capital and told there is a mission that ONLY SHE CAN DO. Because you see she isn't just a princess, she isn't just a learned princess, but she is a magic-wielding princess. Its offhandedly mentioned a few times tha This review is about the first issue of Muirwood: The Lost Abbey. The first issue is very short it introduces us to Maia, a former princess whose father, the Emperor, has stripped her of her title and banished her to her grandmother's home. Maia suddenly is called back to the Imperial capital and told there is a mission that ONLY SHE CAN DO. Because you see she isn't just a princess, she isn't just a learned princess, but she is a magic-wielding princess. Its offhandedly mentioned a few times that women being able to read, let alone do magic is a capital crime. Yet other than her hiding her necklace which everyone seems to know about there doesn't seem to be any consequence to her illicit knowledge. The story starts with her being ill. And other than her being "seasick" at the very end is never mentioned again. She doesn't recover, but she doesn't not recover. Its just forgotten. The story doesn't seem to be able to decide if it is high or low magic. In the palace it seems like magic is everywhere. It supplies, food, light, healing, water. But people act like its a rare gift. Character seem to act illogically without motive and the story purposefully tries to trick the reader into false expectations of danger. After using her magic to fend off a gang of crippled muggers (why crippled? I have no idea), one of them says her magic won't stop him and then immediately runs away. But the problems don't end there. The writing is very stiff and every character seems to be speaking in the same voice. Most of the writing is a description of what she is thinking. In a graphical novel, why describe in text? Why not show us? The art also has issues, all of the scenes are very dark and generic. The characters are lacking detail to the point where expression is either absent or muddled and other than Maia many characters are hard to distinguish. One of the characters is suppose to be visibly scared on his face and instead we get a line down one side of his face when viewed in profile. All in all, I'm extremely disappointed. Maybe if you are familiar with Wheeler's novels you will appreciate this more. But as a stand alone work it doesn't make me very interested in continuing further into the 5 part volume. I received a digital copy of this book for review from NetGalley and the publisher.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    This is the first volume of a graphic novel; the fifth and final volume is scheduled for December 2015, so this should be eligible for the Hugo Awards in 2016. Maia is the one-beloved, now banished and imprisoned daughter of the King of Comoros. Maia's offense is that her father tired of her mother, put her aside, and took a new wife. Less well-known is that Maia, in defiance of the laws of Comoros, has been taught to read, and to do magic. Her father has also banished all the magic workers in the This is the first volume of a graphic novel; the fifth and final volume is scheduled for December 2015, so this should be eligible for the Hugo Awards in 2016. Maia is the one-beloved, now banished and imprisoned daughter of the King of Comoros. Maia's offense is that her father tired of her mother, put her aside, and took a new wife. Less well-known is that Maia, in defiance of the laws of Comoros, has been taught to read, and to do magic. Her father has also banished all the magic workers in the kingdom, and that hasn't worked out as well for him as the new wife. Comoros has grown dark and dangerous, and the king believes the magic wielders left a curse behind them. He has summoned Maia back to the palace because he's decided that she's the perfect person to undo the curse by traveling to a hidden abbey where the late chief councilor's book of magic is concealed, and use it to destroy the remaining magic. Maia is not impressed by this proposed course of action, but eventually decides it's her own best option. She'll be free, more or less, for months, and who knows what could happen in the meantime? Especially since she has that same late chief councilor's Kystrel, a magic talisman. I really wanted to like this. There's a lot to like about Maia--smart, independent-minded, not quick to be her father's puppet, and kind to others. Unfortunately, the art is okay, but no more than okay. The plot so far is a bit strained and improbable. And then there's the use, or abuse, of the English language. I'll offer only one example. There are magic stones throughout the palace that provide heat, light, and perhaps other conveniences at the request of users. Apparently they work for anyone. They are called "leerings." There is no suggestion of any back story or context to make sense of this bizarre usage. It's not the only instance of using a word to mean something that makes no sense at all; it's just the one that made me wince the most. Not recommended. I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    It's difficult to rate or review a story based only on the first chapter, but since that's what the ARC contained... For me, the best thing about Muirwood: The Lost Abbey is the comfortably nostalgic feel of it. It has a lot of the fixtures that you might expect from a high fantasy novel: the exiled royalty, the special object, the quest for a source of magical power. If I was reading a lot in the genre these days, I might be exasperated by the familiarity of it. But since I haven't, I actually t It's difficult to rate or review a story based only on the first chapter, but since that's what the ARC contained... For me, the best thing about Muirwood: The Lost Abbey is the comfortably nostalgic feel of it. It has a lot of the fixtures that you might expect from a high fantasy novel: the exiled royalty, the special object, the quest for a source of magical power. If I was reading a lot in the genre these days, I might be exasperated by the familiarity of it. But since I haven't, I actually thought it was pleasant to revisit those old themes but in comic form, which makes it more unusual. When it comes to the art and text, what stood out to me was the quantity of text - there's a lot of it, describing how Maia, the main character, perceives and thinks about the world. I didn't quite get the symbiosis of words and imagery that I get from most graphic novels. Instead, this felt more like an illustrated storybook where the text is the focus and the art provides a backdrop - it amplifies the nostalgic atmosphere, and not in a bad way. I felt that the art could be a little more expressive, but that's just a personal preference. There's not a huge amount that I can say about the plot and the characters. I liked Maia's slightly detached way of looking at the world, and the magic system is hinted at just enough to be intriguing. Some of the other characters aren't particularly developed and the premise for the quest seemed a bit rushed and thin. I'm not sure yet if I'll commit to reading the next installments in the series, but I wouldn't rule it out - I'm curious about what else inhabits the Muirwood world. (As an aside, I learned that this book is part of a fictional universe accessible through Kindle Worlds - which seems like an interesting system for growing a book series by rewarding reader participation. In other words, you can get paid to write fanfiction.) [ARC received in exchange for an honest review.]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    3 stars *I got the first issue of this off of NetGalley* The cover of this graphic novel is stunning. It automatically drew me in. The artwork in this graphic novel was so dreamlike and interesting. I haven't read anything with this type of artwork before. The colors were sort of blurry and didn't stand out very much, but that added to the story with it being very dark and eerie. The story follows a princess named Maia deciding if she wants to go on a journey or not. In the beginning of the story, 3 stars *I got the first issue of this off of NetGalley* The cover of this graphic novel is stunning. It automatically drew me in. The artwork in this graphic novel was so dreamlike and interesting. I haven't read anything with this type of artwork before. The colors were sort of blurry and didn't stand out very much, but that added to the story with it being very dark and eerie. The story follows a princess named Maia deciding if she wants to go on a journey or not. In the beginning of the story, the princess is locked up in a room and her father, the king, has sent some of his men to bring her to him. The king tells her that he needs her to go on a quest to save their kingdom. Women in the this world are forbidden to do magic, but Maia has secretly learned how to use magic. So, she has to decide if she wants to put herself in danger to save her kingdom or if she will let the hate she feels for her father sway her into not going. Since this was just the first issue, I couldn't really tell if I liked the characters or not, but I can definitely say I did not like Maia's father. I feel like Maia will become a really strong female character with hopefully have really great character development. I also really hope that her bodyguard will open up to her and they will develop some sort of friendship. I did like the idea of this story. I liked how even though women were forbidden to use magic, she learned how to use it. I also really liked the amulet she has that projects the light. It was really cool. All in all, I really want to pick up the next issue to see how this story progresses and I think it was a pretty good first issue.

  18. 4 out of 5

    China

    I got this as an Ebook ARC from Edelweiss. WHAT A SNORE-FEST. A young princess that was banished from the castle by her father...is called upon by her father to go search for an abbey. Banished...then needed. This was just the first part of this series and it was a total snore. Yeah, you have to build the story up a bit, but within those pages nothing really happened. It was very boring. Just lots of internal monologue by the main character, Maia. I found the the writing was just very boring and it I got this as an Ebook ARC from Edelweiss. WHAT A SNORE-FEST. A young princess that was banished from the castle by her father...is called upon by her father to go search for an abbey. Banished...then needed. This was just the first part of this series and it was a total snore. Yeah, you have to build the story up a bit, but within those pages nothing really happened. It was very boring. Just lots of internal monologue by the main character, Maia. I found the the writing was just very boring and it didn't keep my attention- good thing it was only a few pages long (on my kindle). It's the same old song and dance with Maia: girl is unneeded, she is common, after a a while someone needs her and what do you know! she's got some type of special power, because of her power she's the only one who can save the day. Her story is like so many fantasy type heroines. It's been done again & again...and again. The artwork on the cover was amazing - that is what made me want to request this book. When I got to the first page of the story I was so sad to see that the illustrations were not good at all. Everything seemed blurry and out of focus. The colors were drab and the style itself just wasn't good. I barely even paid attention to the illustration after the first few frames because the artwork was nothing to write home about. Overall, very disappointed. I wouldn't recommend it at this point. Yes, it's only part one, but part one did nothing for me. I will not being continuing with this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Helia

    A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Maia, the daughter of king Comoros, has been secretly learning magic despite it being forbidden in her kingdom for women to do so. When she is recruited by her father, she is sent on a mission to save her kingdom. I loved the cover art for this book, so I was a little disappointed with the internal art as well as the story itself. The cover suggested a story filled with adventure and magic with a strong female he A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Maia, the daughter of king Comoros, has been secretly learning magic despite it being forbidden in her kingdom for women to do so. When she is recruited by her father, she is sent on a mission to save her kingdom. I loved the cover art for this book, so I was a little disappointed with the internal art as well as the story itself. The cover suggested a story filled with adventure and magic with a strong female heroine, but I felt let down on all of those aspects. Of course, this comic series is a branch from Wheeler's book series which could explain why I felt distant from the world portrayed in this story, but I feel like much more could have been learnt in that small space of time. There was a vague introduction to the world and to magic, but I imagine the actual story will begin in the second issue. Maia is clearly meant to be a strong female character and I believe she could be a very interesting one, but the story was too short to truly see that. Her relationship with her father has a lot of potential for the reader to learn more about both characters, but this issue didn't give enough background to either character or what motivates them. I doubt I will continue reading this Kindle Serial or the books it accompanies as although it may have potential, I don't find it to stand out from any other fantasy series I've read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Siina

    Muirwood surely seemed interesting and the cover is quite beautiful. I've always loved fantasy comics and girl protagonists with amazing powers are extremely great - far better than boys, really. This first part mostly sets the story and how Maia was a former princess, until the king got rid of the queen and locked his daughter inside the castle. What I found a bit weird was why suddenly did the king let Maia out and how did he notice the medallion that Maia wore? The comic is full of text and t Muirwood surely seemed interesting and the cover is quite beautiful. I've always loved fantasy comics and girl protagonists with amazing powers are extremely great - far better than boys, really. This first part mostly sets the story and how Maia was a former princess, until the king got rid of the queen and locked his daughter inside the castle. What I found a bit weird was why suddenly did the king let Maia out and how did he notice the medallion that Maia wore? The comic is full of text and talking heads so it ends up too stuffed. I do like background stories, but there could've been far better ways than this. Massive text boxes aren't the sexiest things, sadly so. Also, the story would've needed more pages to convey the things it did - it would've made the structure more workable. The art is so and so. As I said, the cover is great, but the art itself inside the comic is kind of mushy and all the people have weird oval heads. The colors are bit too dark and grey to work out. Muirwood would've needed better inking and narrower lines. The panels vary, which is a good thing and the flow is quite good too. The people could have better expressions and livelier faces, though. The wooden faces don't really convey the feelings. The backgrounds are great though, so more practice with people will get this far. I do hope there's going to be less text too or it could be conveyed in some other ways.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)

    I have never read the Muirwood novels previously, but I felt that any reader coming into this story would have no trouble following the plot since it’s a graphic novel adaption. From the very beginning of the story, it felt like the book was telling me “Let’s go on an adventure!”. There’s a forgotten princess, men in knight’s armor, and the landscape is set in a far away place. Basically this book had no trouble grabbing my attention. The art is beautifully drawn and there is intense detail to ch I have never read the Muirwood novels previously, but I felt that any reader coming into this story would have no trouble following the plot since it’s a graphic novel adaption. From the very beginning of the story, it felt like the book was telling me “Let’s go on an adventure!”. There’s a forgotten princess, men in knight’s armor, and the landscape is set in a far away place. Basically this book had no trouble grabbing my attention. The art is beautifully drawn and there is intense detail to characters and landscapes. And in addition the colors are vibrant and give life to the story. Everything is also appropriately drawn for the “medieval-like” time period it’s set in. However, the biggest downfall to the first volume of Muirwood is that I wished there was more character dialogue and interaction rather than all the heavy narration. I understood it’s purpose was there to help set the story up for readers (like me) who are new to the story, but there was still too much. I do like the protagonist, Maia, so far. Though she has been stripped of her title she doesn’t dwell on it or let it consume her. She seems very strong, regal, opinionated, and wants to fights for justice in her kingdom. Overall, the first volume sets up Maia’s quest and ends right before the adventure really begins.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janus the Erudite Artist

    Did I get the actual book on NetGalley or was that just a snippet of the entire book? Cover and artwork are stellar but I didn't get anything from the story at all. It ended with a cliffhanger without even providing an invigorating build up of the story. While I understand there may be cliffhangers in a number of books out there, this graphic novel has shown me nothing at all. What is the Muirwood all about? What was so damning about a woman owning a Kyrstel? Why was Maia's father so keen to lock Did I get the actual book on NetGalley or was that just a snippet of the entire book? Cover and artwork are stellar but I didn't get anything from the story at all. It ended with a cliffhanger without even providing an invigorating build up of the story. While I understand there may be cliffhangers in a number of books out there, this graphic novel has shown me nothing at all. What is the Muirwood all about? What was so damning about a woman owning a Kyrstel? Why was Maia's father so keen to lock her up before? And I have yet to even get to know any of the characters. Although this was an easy read, nothing really made sense. I've read a bunch of graphic novels and comics that will make you want to watch out for the next novel to know what happens next, but each book made sense. It provided a well delivered story albeit short and quick, but this didn't. I really hope that when the print copy of this book comes out, all the issues will be provided in on physical copy. I believe readers would enjoy it better that way. *Thank you, NetGalley and Jet City Comics for the copy of Muirwood: The Lost Abbey#1. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I really liked the art style of this graphic serial (I'm writing a review on book #1 as this is released in increments), but the dialogue was lacking. It didn't really have anything that grabbed me in terms of story. The dialogue was often thoughts and descriptions, which I don't feel really lends itself well to moving a graphic novel forward. It might be more apt to describe this as an illustrated storybook, rather than a graphic novel / comicbook. The story was fairly tame and bland, and the he I really liked the art style of this graphic serial (I'm writing a review on book #1 as this is released in increments), but the dialogue was lacking. It didn't really have anything that grabbed me in terms of story. The dialogue was often thoughts and descriptions, which I don't feel really lends itself well to moving a graphic novel forward. It might be more apt to describe this as an illustrated storybook, rather than a graphic novel / comicbook. The story was fairly tame and bland, and the heroine was flat - definitely not a strong protaganist and quite frankly, most of her actions made little sense. Of course, perhaps it might improve drastically, but I think it's going to be hard to keep people hooked on reading the next installment. Really, I'm afraid I found it a little boring. I think that there is potential here and I genuinely loved the art style. I would like to see this form of book explored more often - but character, plot and dialogue are just as important as the art and these need to bring the pages to life which they failed to do here. Overall, 3/5 - it has good points, and it has potential, but I don't think I would recommend it to a friend at this point. I received a kindle edition of this book as an ARC from NetGalley.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Markéta

    2 stars! ** I chose to read this one because I loved the cover - the coloring, the atmospehere, everything. I didn't even read what it is about. And when I opened it, what was isnside was nothing like I expected. I thought it will be magical, that I'll be left breathless. But I wasn't. Every page was in colour and maybe that's the reason why it was so hazy. The first couple of pages I was so confused, because it just didn't make any sense. That was my own fault. It's read from right to left and I 2 stars! ** I chose to read this one because I loved the cover - the coloring, the atmospehere, everything. I didn't even read what it is about. And when I opened it, what was isnside was nothing like I expected. I thought it will be magical, that I'll be left breathless. But I wasn't. Every page was in colour and maybe that's the reason why it was so hazy. The first couple of pages I was so confused, because it just didn't make any sense. That was my own fault. It's read from right to left and I read it like manga, so of course it didn't make any sense (it was a tiny bit better after I read it the correct way, but no by much). Lady Maia is a princess, but was imprisoned by her own father and now he sent her on a mission with a scary scarred man as an escort and protector. She also rules some sort of magical power. I read only the part and probably won't read the rest. Mostly because of the art and the way the story was told. There were basically no dialogues and the describtions were too short and dry. For more reviews visit: http://do-notdiewondering.blogspot.com **ARC courtesy of publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pat Silva

    I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. What first drew my attention to this book was definitely the cover art. Let's be honest, it's beautiful! The artwork and the coloring are amazing! It captivated my interest! I decided not to read the description and just let myself discover the world of Muirwood. Unfortunately, however, I could not be more disappointed with this graphic novel. Not only was the cover art misleading, because once you open the book and go throug I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. What first drew my attention to this book was definitely the cover art. Let's be honest, it's beautiful! The artwork and the coloring are amazing! It captivated my interest! I decided not to read the description and just let myself discover the world of Muirwood. Unfortunately, however, I could not be more disappointed with this graphic novel. Not only was the cover art misleading, because once you open the book and go through the pages, you realize the artwork is actually quite simple, using only a handful of colors, the story line was also uncreative and unimaginative. It feels like a story you've already heard of and already know. But this could be due to the fact that this first installment was quite short, so the reader doesn't get to see the story really develop: only the world and the characters are introduced. Nonetheless, I can see some potential in the story - despite not being impressed with this first installment - and I won't say I won't wait to see how the story develops in the upcoming installments. I truly hope Jeff Wheeler proves me wrong!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nanette Tredoux

    Graphic novels offer a nice quick read, usually an exciting story, total escapism and usually a pleasurable visual experience. This one is only a first installment, and there isn't much depth to the story yet, but there certainly is the potential for an exciting adventure. I liked the artwork, although it is true that there is a discrepancy between the style and quality of the cover art and the interior art. The interior art is less stylised and doesn't have the refined, finished look of the art Graphic novels offer a nice quick read, usually an exciting story, total escapism and usually a pleasurable visual experience. This one is only a first installment, and there isn't much depth to the story yet, but there certainly is the potential for an exciting adventure. I liked the artwork, although it is true that there is a discrepancy between the style and quality of the cover art and the interior art. The interior art is less stylised and doesn't have the refined, finished look of the art on the cover. But it has merit in my opinion. Very often the writing style of graphic novels can be irritating, with clumsy attempts to make the language seem antiquated while still preserving a modern idiom. I was relieved that the language in this episode flows fairly naturally and isn't too obviously contrived. With such a short episode, there is little character development, but I would love to read the rest of the story - this was enough to get me interested. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley for the purpose of reviewing it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    **Disclaimer: I was provided with a digital advance review copy of this graphic novel by the publisher.** Since getting into graphic novels I have found that advance review copies have been a great way for me to discover titles that I otherwise might not. Such is the case Muirwood: The Lost Abbey (Kindle Serial). I was immediately drawn to the cover and wanted to see just what this story was about. Little did I know that this graphic novel was the tip of iceberg, with a whole series behind it. The **Disclaimer: I was provided with a digital advance review copy of this graphic novel by the publisher.** Since getting into graphic novels I have found that advance review copies have been a great way for me to discover titles that I otherwise might not. Such is the case Muirwood: The Lost Abbey (Kindle Serial). I was immediately drawn to the cover and wanted to see just what this story was about. Little did I know that this graphic novel was the tip of iceberg, with a whole series behind it. The graphical story was a nice visual introduction to a world that I now hope to explore through the novels. Had I read the novels first, as inteded, my take might have been a bit different. However, I don't think my enjoyment of this story suffered for it. The artwork was good, if not as captvating as they cover art. Now, off to look into the related novels.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    When I requested this graphic novel I was super excited! The artwork on the cover was phenomenal and I couldn't wait to see the story unfold. This issue is basically a world/story builder. We meet former princess Maia and learn some of her secrets, before being introduced to her father and plot. Basically Maia's father stripped her of her title and locked her away for years, before calling on her and demanding that she go on a quest for him. Due to the strange relationship that the two of them sh When I requested this graphic novel I was super excited! The artwork on the cover was phenomenal and I couldn't wait to see the story unfold. This issue is basically a world/story builder. We meet former princess Maia and learn some of her secrets, before being introduced to her father and plot. Basically Maia's father stripped her of her title and locked her away for years, before calling on her and demanding that she go on a quest for him. Due to the strange relationship that the two of them share she decides to take her time in making her decision and takes a walk. We get to see what is going on in the land, what's going on in Maia's head, and a bit of what is in store for her future. I was really impressed with the artwork and think this series could be headed in a thrilling direction. I will definitely be looking out for issue two. 3/5 stars. *I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Aziz

    Maia is a woman in a world afraid of women. The only reason she is alive is because of her father, the king, who opted to lock her away instead of killing her. That is, until he needs her to do what he fears most: use her power, bequeathed to her by the powerful ancestors who made men scared of women in the first place. Maia is defiant and hardened, but still holds a kindness that she doesn't want to lose by accepting the mission set by her father. Reasons I like this book: graphic novels have a Maia is a woman in a world afraid of women. The only reason she is alive is because of her father, the king, who opted to lock her away instead of killing her. That is, until he needs her to do what he fears most: use her power, bequeathed to her by the powerful ancestors who made men scared of women in the first place. Maia is defiant and hardened, but still holds a kindness that she doesn't want to lose by accepting the mission set by her father. Reasons I like this book: graphic novels have a lot to offer. They're great for people short on time and the use of illustrations offers something you can't always get from writing alone. I like how the narration is set in a faded yellow, to set the scene and give the reader a sense of the time and type of world Maia lives in. Lovers of graphic novels, strong female leads, and magic should all read this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy Neftzger

    The first episode in this serial shows some promise, and how it plays out remains to be seen. In reviewing this book, I feel as if I'm being asked to make a judgement on the whole book based on only reading the first chapter. The story line and premise are being set in this first serial, but we don't yet know how the characters will grow and develop over the course of time. The book begins with a common theme of a woman being held captive, but this protagonist shows some potential for being a st The first episode in this serial shows some promise, and how it plays out remains to be seen. In reviewing this book, I feel as if I'm being asked to make a judgement on the whole book based on only reading the first chapter. The story line and premise are being set in this first serial, but we don't yet know how the characters will grow and develop over the course of time. The book begins with a common theme of a woman being held captive, but this protagonist shows some potential for being a stronger character than what she's portrayed in this brief episode. Note: I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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