#BookReview: Arthus Trivium: The Angels of Nostradamus by Raule & Juan Luis Landa

Historical Graphic Novel

Arthus Trivium #1

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France, 1565. Charles IX reigns with an aging Nostradamus as his advisor, but unrest is afoot in the land. The Black Plague, believed to be under control, rears its head anew. Superstition vies with newly born science in the people’s hearts and minds. Through a countryside riven by religious and political rivalries travel Nostradamus’ three young disciples, Arthus Trivium, Angelica Obscura, and Angulus Dante, solving mysteries with wits, weapons, and the erudition their master has imparted. But soon they are drawn into the web of a well-laid plot against Nostradamus’ family, which may threaten the life of the king himself.

Arthus Trivium: The Angels of Nostradamus caught me off guard. I’d no expectations whatsoever going in it, but was immediately captivated by both the brilliant imagery and imaginative course of the narrative.

Arthus Trivium: The Angels of Nostradamus is a darkly esoteric historical fantasy with intense imagery. Set in sixteenth-century France, the story centers on Nostradamus the students he tasks with combating superstition, religious intolerance, and the occult.

Raule’s fast-paced style pairs beautifully with Landa’s sophisticated artwork, but I won't deny their combined efforts, while satisfying, leave the reader wanting more. I wouldn't say I felt cheated by the story, but I'd definitely caution fellow readers from investing in this piece a standalone. The story demands follow-up so be prepared to procure the whole of the series.

Though historically inspired, the story itself is best described as gothic horror.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Obtained from: Netgalley
Read: September 14, 2018

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