When a mysterious thief steals an ancient sword, Cleo is
eager to steal it back. Strategizing about that isn't the
only thing on her mind as she discovers more about a strange
prophecy that seems to be talking about her. With mysteries
abound and adventure to be had, this second installment is
sure to earn the love of many graphic novel readers.
Having not read the first book, I was worried about diving
right into THE THIEF AND THE SWORD.
However, the premise sounded far too exciting, and I
couldn't resist. Happily, Mike Maihack does a wonderful job
of weaving in details from the first book that make the
story fairly easy to keep up with. I would recommend reading
them in order for the sake of full clarity.
Cleo is an excellent protagonist, one who is still
searching for her place but eager to act and prove herself.
She is loyal, intelligent, and a great fighter, though she
is sometimes reckless. Her friendship with her roommate is
realistic and full of kindness, as both are in need of a
true friend. The entire cast of characters is well done, and
I hope to see much more of them in following books.
Though I love the story, the artwork might be my favorite.
The facial expressions aren't overly detailed but hold just
the right amount to convey a clear, sometimes funny,
sometimes completely serious reaction. From the quirk of an
eyebrow to the slant of a smile, the artwork speaks for itself.
Those looking for a science fiction with historical figures
should pick up this book. THE THIEF AND THE
SWORD highlights growing characters, incredible artwork, and
sets up many questions that will have readers begging for
the next book from Mike Maihack.
Cleopatra's space adventure in the REALLY far future continues!
A mysterious thief has stolen the ancient sword Cleo recovered in BOOK ONE: TARGET PRACTICE,
and she's determined to get it back. But her teachers at Yasiro Academy forbid her from risking
her life, so she's stuck at school, trying to adjust to her newfound popularity and responsibility.
And when she learns more about the prophecy that names her the savior of the galaxy, she must
go on a dangerous journey to find the time tablets that could decide her fate... before they fall
into the wrong hands!