Book Review : Time of the Faeries: Afterlight, End of the World by J. Corsentino

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Product Details
  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Time of the Faeries; First edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578085488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578085487
  • Amazon / Time of the Faeries Store

Synopsis

This is the end of the world. The end of our world. What went wrong? Why do the angels, once guardians charged with our protection and safety, now hunt us to extinction? As we become fewer and fewer will the questions be answered, or lost in the fires of ritual? When all things fade in the Afterlight...What will be left of hope?

Time of the Faeries: Afterlight, End of the World is the first of a four part graphic novel series featuring the photographic art of J. Corsentino.

Review

Time of the Faeries: Afterlight, End of the World is lush, splendid, gorgeous. It's like nothing I've read before. I can observe how much effort Corsentino has put into creating this breathtaking, detailed graphic novel.

Time of the Faeries: Afterlight, End of the WorldCorsentino's artworks are gorgeously detailed, where he views himself on stage narrating a story about the end of the world, where the Faeries discover that they are no longer immortal, and finally revert to the forbidden way of sucking humas' Kai (energy) to sustain their lives and return to E'ven. Thus, a battle between the beautiful, unearthly winged creatures and the desperate humans begins.

There is a striking contrast between the text and the background colors which are usually a darker shade to suit the atmosphere of the story, which makes it easier for the readers. Without using the usual borders and grids, Corsentino creates a great experience for the readers as we wander through his imaginary world filled with with Kai-sucking, predatory faeries and a few pitiful groups of humans who are desperately fighting for survival.

Done with the visual arts... now I'm commenting on the writing. The story starts with a prologue which, while giving the readers an idea of what is happening, is a little too long and has too much information cramped together that I have to reread the whole passage again to understand it better. It would be better if the prologue is short and simple, giving readers just enough information to pique their interest.

Time of the Faeries: Afterlight, End of the World
Although the book portrays a world which is damaged beyond repair, with traces of civilization wiped out and humans on the brink of extinction, the author did offer a glimmer of hope to the humans in the form of a lone faery, Haylon who ponders the possibility that what her sisters are doing - killing humans - is wrong. Will she submit to hunger and carry out the faeries' barbaric, inhumane acts? Or will she betray her own kind to assist the humans?

Time of the Faeries: Afterlight, End of the World is a dark, exciting journey to a futuristic world which is slowly stepping towards a seemingly unstoppable annihilation. Reading this book is certainly a one-of-a-kind experience - one which is very much appreciated.

Rating:4.000

Note: I received a copy of this book from Donny for reviewing purposes. Thanks, Donny!


About The Author
Joseph Corsentino is a visual storyteller at heart. He took his passion for photography and storytelling to Los Angeles where began Time of the Faeries, a photographic, epic, retelling of faerie mythology. His stunning, ethereal, and realistic faeries can now be seen in private collections and magazines all over the world. His first book, published by Imaginosis Publishing, is a prologue into the Time of the Faeries universe. He just completed the first of his visual novel for the series The Afterlight.

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4 creative remarks:

Sandy said...

Judging from the images is this graphic novel Adult or Older Teen? Either way it sounds very interesting and since I am a graphic novel fan and you say the art is gorgeous I will most likely be adding this to by TBR but I just wanted to check what the maturity level was for this. Thanks!

Sandy
Scribing Shadows

Heather said...

It is gorgeous artwork! At first it sounded short, but then I'm guessing it's a graphic novel, am I right?

Aik said...

@Sandy: This one is for older teens and adults.

@Heather: Yes, you are right. It's a graphic novel, the first book in a four-book series.

Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

This looks so cool for a graphic novel! I love when you say "Corsentino's artworks are gorgeously detailed, where he views himself on stage narrating a story about the end of the world" it sounds so very cool! I will be sure to check this graphic novel out not to mention the cover looks so beautifully drawn!