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Princess Lucinda and the Wand Witch
Publisher: Relentless Fiction
by Christopher S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/21/2024 03:35:01

I've been a big fan of the Princess Lucinda character in the past, a wicked 12-year old magical princess that uses her vast magical powers to rid herself of all the annoying humans that are unlucky enough to cross her path. What I really loved about the two previous graphic novels, "Black Rose of the Empire" and "Princesses in the City" is that they combined a ton of black humour (Lucinda transforming the "peasants" around her in all kinds of things, from two-headed toads to lollipops, never gets old) with actually interesting characters. Lucinda is by no means a good person - she destroys people's life for fun basically, and can be quite arrogant - but not only is she pretty funny, her relationships with her kinder older sister and her best friend Katelyn can actually be pretty touching and serve well to humanize her character her little.

Sadly, I found this continuation of the series rather disappointing. Not only does it not serve as a direct sequel to the story set up in the previous two graphic novels, instead choosing to just skip over the conclusion of that storyline (and SPOILER ALERT informing us at the start that Katelyn was killed in that offscreen conclusion, which I did not like at all - she was one of the most likable characters and just a kid!), but it also switches formats to an actual novel. I don't think that change was for the best. I found myself missing the comic book format, which to me fits the tone and style of the story a lot better, and I have to honestly say that I wasn't very impressed with the writing, which to me felt a little bland and lacked the wit of the previous entries.

In fact, what this story mostly lacked was the enjoyable dark humor I really appreciated about Lucinda and her world. The story introduces a likable new character, Ari, who has come to America to escape her home country. Ari is quite sympathetic and basically this is her story, but to be honest, she kind of feels a little too much like Katelyn as a character, just with the added cultural background of being a muslim. The novel actually tackles quite serious issues and is at times hard to read - the characters have to deal both with American white supremacist groups as well as nationalist, misanthropic Arabs, and there are sections where Ari basically gets tortured by them!

While I find it amiable that the writers try to tackle issues like that, I'm not sure the Princess Lucinda series is the best place for these topics. It's hard to enjoy the black humor in Lucinda turning an annoying kid at school into a snail when most of the novel deals with actual real-life violence and horror, which led to a lot of tonal whiplash while reading. Weirdly enough, despite Lucinda usually using her powers against mostly innocent people, the actually horrible, racist and murderous people depicted in this story mostly get away with comparatively tame fates.



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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