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PORCELAIN: A Gothic Fairy Tale Review

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PORCELAIN: A Gothic Fairy Tale

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: Improper Books
Writer: Benjamin Read
Pencils: Chris Wildgoose
Colors: André May
Number of Pages: 96
Price: 19.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Written by Benjamin Read, illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, coloured by André May, and lettered by Jim Campbell, Porcelain is set within a world that’s a darkly magical echo of our own. It follows the story of a street urchin, known as Child, who leaves the cold streets of a snowy city behind when she climbs the high wall into the Porcelain Maker’s secret garden in a bid to steal whatever she can.

The Porcelain Maker discovers Child trespassing but, amused by her audacity, he offers her the chance to stay. He’s a lonely man, kept company only by his alchemically-powered automata, and he and Child form an unlikely friendship.

Shut off from the world beyond the wall, Child wants or needs for nothing as the Porcelain Maker heaps affection and luxury upon her, indulging her like a daughter. In return, she can do as she pleases, except for one command, one rule that must never be broken, she must not look behind the workshop door.

Reviewer’s Comments:
The first thing that I will say about Porcelain is that it is beautifully written and illustrated. There is more than meets the eye with this graphic novel and when readers discover this they won’t want to put the book down.

The connection between the two characters is brilliant and is one of the high points of the book. Read’s character driven honest and realistic scripting of the story will have readers on the edge of their seats and keep them invested in the characters till the end.

Now onto Wildgoose’s art. It’s just breath taking. I love how he visually depicts the world through Child’s eyes. His artwork also shines through with the other characters.

Porcelain is an amazing tale that takes readers on a journey that they’ll never forget. The novel arrives in the U.S. in next month and it’s definitely a buy.

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