Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel/Urban Fantasy
Size: 256 pages
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 20th book in the Fables series
Source: eGalley from Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got a copy of this book to review through Edelweiss. There is a lot going on in this series at this point. This graphic novel covered four main storylines as the fables settle into their new home. This trade paperback (TPB) collects issues #130 to #140. This series is supposed to end with issue #150, with will be included in TPB volume 21: Happily Ever After.
Issue 130 is about the Daughter of Rodney and June as she explores Castle Black. Issues 131 to 133 and 135 to 137 are about Rose Red claiming her place as a Paladin of Second Chances and starting her own round table. Issue 134 has a very touching scene between Bigsy and Boy Blue. Issue 138 is a brief interlude on what Gepetto’s been up to. Finally issues 139 – 140 are about the members of Boy Blue’s Band.
Of the above my favorites were the storyline with Rose Red and her round table. Rose Red always has such good intentions, but manages to just mess everything up. As part of her new Paladin of 2nd Chances title she releases Prince Brandish to reform him. As you can imagine this does not go over well with Snow.
Snow is torn between dealing with Rose Red and trying to put Bigsy back together again. She is desperately trying to find the one last piece of Bigsy.
I also really enjoyed the issue with Boy Blue and Bigsy, they walk through the afterlife and have a very heartfelt discussion. It was very well done and give excellent insight into both their characters.
I didn’t really understand what the June Bug story arc featuring the little girl exploring Castle Black had much to do with anything. I also was a bit confused about what the two issues following the remnants of Boy Blue had to do with anything.
I still enjoyed this book. I really loved the Rose Red storyline. However, I was happy to hear that the next TPB will be the last. I do feel like the series has been losing some steam over the last couple TPB.
Overall a good addition to the Fables universe. I recommend the whole Fables series to those who enjoy urban fantasy graphic novels. I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series since there are so many characters and things going on later in the series. I am very curious to see how things wrap up in Happily Ever After.