Notes from the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Told thru the narrator's illustrations and journal, Notes from the Shadowed City tells his journey through a surreal realm of floating cities and giants. With no memory of who he is prior to the start of the book, we follow the narrator as he researches magical swords in this strange land, and eventually falls in love with a mysterious woman.
I was surprised by how much I was pulled into this story; with only the most sparse descriptions of his illustrations I didn't see how this book would actually tell a complete tale. There is a lot of room left for the reader to fill in the blanks of the story as they see fit, but somehow it worked for me. I'm hoping that there will be future stories detailing the narrator's continuing saga.
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