A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Mixes science and spirituality in an effort to achieve environmental balance. The cast is suitably diverse, as characters from many different backgrounds work together to beat the villain.
Sometimes one must put the welfare of others ahead of one's own interests. Kids from diverse backgrounds can work together to face adversity.
Positive Role Models
Oona takes her newly revealed powers very seriously, determined to light the other beacons that will save the 5 Worlds. Even though he's fading away with a mysterious sickness, An Tzu puts the interests of Oona and her allies ahead of his own.
Violence & Scariness
Oona and the Mimic face off in a bloodless, mystical duel. Two major characters seem to die, but one returns before the end of the installment.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that graphic novel The Cobalt Prince continues the sci-fi saga begun in The Sand Warrior, written by brothers Mark and Alexis Siegel. The stunningly illustrated story follows three talented children as they go on a quest to light five ancient beacons and save various planets from overheating. Featuring a diverse set of characters, this volume introduces new allies, presents a colossal climactic battle, and offers a wide array of space-faring wonders.
Is It Any Good?
Quest sagas require an occasional injection of new characters, settings, and dangers to keep the narrative moving, and this colorful and engrossing graphic novel supplies an abundance of novelty. The Cobalt Prince plunges Oona and her friends into mortal danger and keeps the level of suspense high throughout this volume. This series' two writers and three illustrators manage to keep all narrative elements working in harmony, although sometimes the meaning of the action seems a little obscure, especially during fight scenes. Fans of Naruto and Avatar: The Last Airbender will likely find The Cobalt Prince to their liking, but so will readers who simply enjoy a well-told tale of intergalactic magic and intrigue.
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