Title Iron: Or, The War After
Author S.M. Vidaurri
Genre Fantasy, Fiction
Page Length 179
Publication Date 19 Dec 2012
Publisher Boom! Archaia
Read Date Dec 2018
It is the aftermath of a long war, in a world of constant winter. An intelligence spy from the Resistance?the rabbit, Hardin?steals secret information from a military base of the Regime. His actions set off a chain of events that reverberates through the ranks of both sides, touching everyone from Pavel the crow to Giles the goat, from the highest-ranking officials to the smallest orphaned child. When the snow finally settles, who will be the true patriot and who the true traitor?
In this spellbinding, beautifully illustrated anthropomorphic tale, the actions of a spy set off a chain reaction that affects both sides of the struggle, making each animal question their loyalty to their side.
The artwork is stunning, but unfortunately this falls down in every other area. The plot is slow and boring. I think there may have been some deeper, social justice message here that I just couldn’t find. The story is a little too reliant on the anthropomorphised animals. I couldn’t get invested in the characters. The dialogue is contrived and clunky – nothing really flows well. I was bored from about 5 pages in and remained bored to the end. Not for me.
Anyway, I’m off to sign up to a top secret spy program. Until next time, Peace and Love!