Book Reviews, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: The Castoffs, V.1: Mage Against the Machine by M.K. Reed

The Castoffs, V.1: Mage Against the Machine by M.K. Reed
Series: The Castoffs #1-4
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 119 pages
Published on 12th April 2017 by Lion Forge
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
M.K. Reed: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Brian Smith: Goodreads
Molly Ostertag: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Wyeth Yates: Goodreads
eCopy received from Diamond BookShelf newsletter

It’s Mage against the Machine! Magic vs technology in Roar’s newest graphic novel. When three apprentice mages are sent to help a neighboring guild, they reignite a decades-old war with a robot army that has destroyed the world.

As mentioned I recieved this via an email newsletter as a thank you and I devoured it at the time of reading.

I took a few screenshots to share with you but since then I maybe reset my whole PC and lost them so you’ll have to trust me when I say the art style is nice and accessable.

Plus the colouring is beautiful ad bright which makes it easy to read.

The cover really is a great example of whats inside.

First of all we have to talk about puns; I love puns. So seeing the title be Mage agaisnt the Machine I was like okay you got me interested.

And that is exactly what the graphic novel is about.

Three young mages set off an adventure to help out some locals, and whilst helping out they have to face off against a very old robot army.

What I loved most, aside from the puns, is that the three young mages all have different powers and they haven’t 100% mastered their own but on top of this the girls aren’t best friends before the quest starts.

In fact they can only just tolerate each other.

So above all this is a great graphic novel about creating friendships and learning to trust in others and using your abilities to best benefit the group. Such great character development!

I loved it.

The characters felt very real with their own quirks and secrets.

Additionally the story that unfolds when they’re battling the robots definitely leaves for some great storytelling and even leaves us on a cheeky cliffhanger.

This collects the first 4 comics and book two collects the next 5 – which might mean thats the end of the series so I’m pretty sure I’m going to try and purchase both graphic novels cause I did really enjoy this!

4 stars / 5 stars
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