#BookReview: Arthus Trivium: The Third Magus by Raule & Juan Luis Landa

Historical Graphic Novel

Arthus Trivium #2

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The Demon Zagan, Lord of All Things, and his undead minions have captured the young Charles IX, King of France, as well as Nostradamus and his family and are holding them hostage—but who let them into Nostradamus’ home? None other than his mentor, Scaliger, long believed dead. Consumed by envy for his former protégé, the scholar now serves Zagan, who seeks an orb created by the earliest magicians to defend the earth from the realm of the dead. It’s up to Nostradamus’ three young disciples, Arthus Trivium, Angelica Obscura, and Angulus Dante, to rescue their master from dire peril!

Book one of the Arthus Trivium series ends just as the story gets going which is a little frustrating as you have to read book two to get a real feel for the series. Book two is stronger, but I don't think it suited for those who've skipped book one.

Like its predecessor, Arthus Trivium: The Third Magus is a darkly esoteric historical fantasy with intense imagery, but this volume took it up a notch. The plot includes interesting cameo appearances by Julius Caesar Scaliger, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, and Nectanebo II and while I’m not convinced any would be thoroughly impressed by their characterization, I thought their inclusion an interesting and creative use of the material. Dark as it is, I also thought the references to the Ars Goetia, notably Zagan, equally imaginative and found myself impressed with how it was folded so seamlessly into the story.

My only real complaint is that Henrietta, a character I found quite intriguing in book one, practically disappears from the narrative in book two. It makes sense in the grander scheme of things and makes way for Nostradamus and his students to develop into stronger characters, but it rubbed just the same.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Obtained from: Personal Library
Read: September 17, 2018

Your treason pierced my very soul. I would never recover from it...