Reading Level: Teen and up
Genre: Graphic Novel/Steampunk
Length: 152 pages
Publisher: Studio Foglio
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: 10th book in the Girl Genius series
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This is the tenth book in the Girl Genius series. I thought this book was a bit weaker than the last couple books in the series, but it was still a great read and highly entertaining. This whole series has been a wonderful blend of magic, steampunk, and humor.
Agatha, Gil, and Tarvek still have a strange malady that they are trying to cure. During the process of building the machine that will cure them, they discover a strange Guardian creature in the bowels of the Castle that is set on causing serious trouble. Meanwhile outside in the city things are falling apart since the shutdown of Castle Heterodyne. No one realized just how connected the castle was to the city.
Not as much happens in this book as in previous books, I also didn’t think it was quite as outrageously funny. Still, that being said, there are some interesting plot developments and I really continue to enjoy the characters.
The illustration continues to be brightly coloring and is easy to follow, it fits the tone of the story really well. It was fun to have Tarvek, Gil and Agatha in the story together…those three are hilarious together and play off of each other really well.
Overall this continues to be a highly entertaining graphic novel series. I love all the steampunk and magic elements. I continue to enjoy the humor and brightly colored illustrations. I would definitely recommend this whole graphic novel series to anyone, teen and older, who enjoys both a good laugh and steampunky goodness.