The Shadow of the Eagle
|Author: Benoît Sokal|
Collection: Universe of authors
Dimensions: cm 21.8×30.3×1.1
Price: € 16.00
Date of publication: 18/01/2012
Located in the depths of cold, between Alaska and Siberia there is a remote valley. Only wildlife and the indigenous people live there in their quiet ways. However, when valuable mineral deposits are found the unscrupulous businessmen move it, wanting to create a new town, begin mining and build a dam.
Unscrupulous men using unscrupulous tactics –a few attacks to warn anyone who might want to hinder “progress.” However, there is a silent witness to events; Kraa, a powerful young eagle who learned survival to survive from the secret master of the valley. Along with Yuma, an Indian boy whose family has just been massacred, and with whom he has developed a shamanic bond, Kraa, whose voice serves as the narrative thread, comes the fight to resist destroying the valley.
This is volume 2 so I’m not sure whether I’m missing anything (if I am I’ve not noticed)! And the art….man, can Sokal draw fantastic eagles! Not just eagles but also wolves, coyotes and an incredible deer. The details are also there in the clothing, architecture and even in the early cars. Colour? Wonderful. I really do think that at times I am being spoilt with these books and, get ready for the groans, I still ask why we can’t produce books like this is the UK.
Please do not let the fact that the text is in French put you off –visit the Casterman site (via blog roll) and you’ll find something that catches your eye.
A great book.