Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Graphic Novel
Size: 144 pages
Release Date: June 28, 2006
Stand Alone or Series: 7th book in the Fables series
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the seventh installment in the Fables series. It was a great book and very entertaining. I didn’t like it as much as Homelands but it was still a fun read.
The bulk of this trade covers the story of a delegation of characters from the Arabian Tales that spend some time in Fabletown and suffer a bit of culture shock. The second story is a love story about two of the Adversary’s wooden soldiers.
I enjoyed that some Arabian myths enter the story in this edition. Some of this story is funny as the Arabian characters try to adjust to the way the Fables of Fabletown live. I wasn’t really sure what the point of this was though; it didn’t tie in much with the main story.
I enjoyed the love story between the two wooden soldiers more. It was an interesting look into how the wooden soldiers of the Adversary’s army were created and at how they live. It just gave some depth and background to “the enemy” troops and fills out the world nicely.
Overall an entertaining addition to the Fables series, but not as strong as the previous book, Homelands. I am hoping that the Arabian characters will tie into the story in more depth in later installments. It was great to have them introduced into the story, but they didn’t actually do much. The love story between the wooden soldiers did add depth to the world though and was entertaining. This graphic novel series is recommend to those who love fantasy and urban fantasy.