#BookReview: Arthus Trivium: The Young Captive by Raule & Juan Luis Landa

Historical Graphic Novel

Arthus Trivium #3

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The assignments that the students of Nostradamus have to bring to a successful conclusion are becoming more and more dangerous. Arthus goes to Cucuron with César, the oldest son of the master. But the mystery he has to clear up leads to an even more confusing puzzle! Angulus and Angelique went to Paris in search of a young girl who has disappeared. In the studio of a famous court painter a mysterious painting appears to give access to a dark, captivating world...

As with its predecessors, I feel the need to state Arthus Trivium: The Young Captive is a dark and esoteric historical fantasy. These books aren’t for everyone, but I enjoy getting off the beaten path and indulging in the creative intrigues they present.

The Young Captive is the third installment of the series and though it picks up after The Third Magus, it represents a distinctly new chapter for Nostradamus’ disciples. Like book one, Angels of Nostradamus, The Young Captive is incomplete and builds a story I can only assume will be finished in the next volume.

The Young Captive offers significant background on Arthus and how he came to be a student of Nostradamus and I liked how that arc paired with the flashbacks regarding Nostradamus’ own academic career. Arthus' journey Cucuron didn't intrigue me as much as Angulus and Angelique's venture in Paris, but I will say that I appreciated the narrative symmetry of both.

Leonardo da Vinci and the artist Antoine Caron make memorable cameos, as do some of their works. The inclusion of Da Vinci’s John the Baptist and Vitruvian Man brought an unexpected smile to my face, but I was particularly impressed by the story’s imaginative use of Caron’s Water Festival at Bayonne and can't wait to see how it all plays out.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Obtained from: Personal Library
Read: September 21, 2018

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