Abigail Packard


Excellent, Young Adult, Gwen De Bonnevail, Matthieu Bonhomme, Medieval France, Real World, Spirit World, Fantasy, Journey, Graphic Novel

Document Type

Book Review


William’s father has died and his mother has remarried a power-hungry man. But William’s sister Helise insists that their father is not dead but lost in the world of spirits. After her disappearance, their stepfather Brifaut searches for her, but he quickly gives up this search and urges both William and his mother to move on. William decides to continue looking for Helise and their father’s spirit. He is joined by a knight and a troubadour on his journey to find answers. As his journey continues, the line between the real world and the spirit world blurs as magic and strange creatures enter in various scenes. William faces many obstacles—an overbearing king with a magic gryphon, a civilization of people with their faces on their chests, and an endless desert-like hell—only to discover his father in a pool’s reflection that brings him back to the real world. Once he returns, William and Helise join their mother and discover that she, in the form of a cat, killed their father and is a danger to them. They defeat the conniving Brifaut, rejoin their grandfather, and then return to their father’s grave to dig up his remains and burn them.