Thursday, March 12, 2015

Zephyr the West Wind Illustration Book: The Art of the Chaos Chronicles, Volume 1 by R.J. Tolson, Nolan Kabrich (Illustrations)

Zephyr the West Wind Illustration Book:
The Art of the Chaos Chronicles, Volume 1 
by R J Tolson, Nolan Kabich (Illustrations)

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Art of the Chaos Chronicles - Book 1
Publication Date: Paperback – November 21, 2014
Publisher: Universal Kingdom Print; annotated edition
ISBN-10: 0990329933
ISBN-13: 978-0990329930
Genre: YA
Paperback: 40 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
See the world and characters of Zephyr The West Wind in a blast of color! This art book contains vibrant illustrations of events and characters from award-winning author R.J. Tolson's first book in the Chaos Chronicles fantasy series, Zephyr the West Wind. Interpreted by Universal Kingdom Print artists, the book features art from events throughout the entire book, as well as an annotated illustration guide and a sneak preview of Tolson's upcoming manga spin-off adaptation, "True Life, Legends of Tye."

My Review
Zephyr the West Wind Illustration Book: The Art of the Chaos Chronicles, Volume 1
by R.J. Tolson, Nolan Kabrich (Illustrations) 

Welcome to Zephyr’s world in pictures! Putting faces and an artist’s rendition of the powerful action scenes is the perfect draw to younger readers who can easily relate to the anime style. I was most impressed with the attention to details depicting movement and tension. While the action and was vividly displayed, the muted tones of each drawing seemed to depict the theme of the imaginary world of the author. Reading the snippets of detail at the back helped to show the author’s writing and creative process, his feelings and surely could serve as encouragement for any possible author to realize the process R.J. Tolson went through and how his character evolved on their own, in a direction he never expected.

Did the illustrations meet with my own imagination of how the characters looked? No, to be honest, I never expected such modern looking renditions, but, for younger readers, it could make this tale more relatable. Well drawn art should always be appreciated for the talent and gift of the artists! I highly recommend reading of Zephyr's journey prior to seeing the illustrations. Let your own imagination color his world.

I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. Please note: This is an illustrated companion to Zephyr the Wind, by R. J. Tolson.



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