My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Published: March 28th, 2018
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Children’s, Fantasy, Friendship
Three young boys set off from Camp Happiness, map in hand, determined to be the first to find the treasure before anyone else. But the shortcut they take leads to something far more spectacular and sinister! All manner of magical beasties live in these woods, and the kids find themselves caught between warring Forest Spirits. Will the three boys find their way out of trouble?
Can someone please tell me what happened?
Last year, I read Amélie Fléchais’ The Little Red Wolf and yeah I only gave it three stars, and yeah it wasn’t the best picture book I ever read, because although it was charming, it was rather simple, but I at least understood what was going on.
The Lost Path is confusing. You go in it thinking it’s going to be an adventurous story with lovely illustrations but… only ‘‘certain’’ illustrations are unforgettable. The other ones are in… black and white.
In my opinion, black and white images work fantastically well in manga, because that’s what we’re used to and the quality of the paper is not the same. But the thing is, these black and white drawings appear as though they’re in their draft stages, not finished stages.
It’s not all bad. The characters are indeed charming and different from one another. It’s cute to a certain extent, but it doesn’t deliver. In the end, its greatest weakness is its unclearness. Once again, I have no idea what happened. This is a translation work, but I don’t think the translator is to blame at all. It would be easy to put the blame on them, too easy.
Regardless of the fact that this did not work well for me, I at least didn’t actually hate it, so I will still keep an eye out for other Amélie Fléchais works. I think all authors fail to deliver at some point in their careers, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost their talent, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing what Amélie surprises us with next. Hopefully, it will be a positive surprise.
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