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Demon in the Wood Graphic Novel: Grishaverse

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Graphic novel prequel packs a bloody but compelling punch.

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As a foundational story of the Grishaverse, this moody, evocative graphic novel will enchant fans of the series, or anyone who digs a villain origin story. Demon in the Wood is the Darkling's story before he came to lead the Ravkan army, before the Fold, before Alina and all the adventures in Shadow and Bone. Eryk is young and sympathetic, a lonely teen who's too old to be afraid of the dark but not old enough to hide his excitement about the prospect of staying in one place for a few months. Readers will ache with empathy for his desire for friendship and recoil with horror, and reluctant understanding, when he's betrayed. Pendergast's immersive illustrations are muted and play with different shades of similar colors, which adds a foreboding feeling. Readers might crave a bit more sadness or confusion from young Eryk about the grave consequences of his lie, but it's in keeping with his calculating character in the trilogy. This book is a great look back for fans and a compelling intro for those new to the Grishaverse.

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