Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: The Iron Hand (Three Thieves series)
Publish September 30, 2016
In The Iron Hand, the seventh and final graphic novel in Scott Chantler’s award-winning Three Thieves series, Dessa allies with her former nemesis, Captain Drake, to rescue her twin brother Jared and restore him as the rightful monarch of North Huntington. When Dessa and her loyal companion, Topper, arrive at the palace, they discover the evil Greyfalcon has already placed Jared on the throne and is in control of the kingdom. Imprisoned on Jared’s orders, Dessa must use all the skills she’s acquired during her adventures, like sword fighting to thievery, to escape the castle dungeon, defeat Greyfalcon, and save both her kingdom and her family. The Iron Hand is a satisfying conclusion to Chantler’s thrilling series. Fast-paced action sequences, witty dialogue and a few plot twists combine to create a lively tale of bravery and friendship. Like other Three Thieves books, Dessa’s tenacity and her quick-thinking ability to escape even the most challenging situations make her a standout heroine, and Chantler’s dynamic illustrations add to the excitement of the story. As Greyfalcon reveals the true extent of his nefarious plans, the series’ plot lines come together in a dramatic finale, but it’s the epilogue and the pictures on the last two pages that brings the Three Thieves to a truly triumphant close. Full of intrigue and swashbuckling heroics, The Iron Hand is a graphic novel that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages, especially those with a taste for fantasy and adventure.
Kids Can Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-77138-052-2
Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Public Library Service, and is PEI's 2017 award-winning 'Champion of Reading'. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.
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