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Recommended. By Mike Carrey and Peter Gross. Through a subtle alternate history, The Highest House takes us to a fictional Balkanesque country of the 16th century. Mike Carrey and Peter Gross (Lucifer, The Unwritten) draw from this context a captivating fantasy narrative that reflects on the human soul, the corrupting power of slavery, and the inequalities of class, all from the different perspectives of the House's many inhabitants and our mysteriously gifted young slave, Moth. A multifaceted fantasy sure to stay with readers long after the final page has turned.

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Through a subtle alternate history, The Highest House takes us to a fictional Balkanesque country of the 16th century. Mike Carrey and Peter Gross (Lucifer, The Unwritten) draw from this context a captivating fantasy narrative that reflects on the human soul, the corrupting power of slavery, and the inequalities of class, all from the different perspectives of the House's many inhabitants and our mysteriously gifted young slave, Moth. A multifaceted fantasy sure to stay with readers long after the final page has turned.

In the country of Ossaniul, there is a fortress that is as disproportionate as it is inaccessible: the Highest House. Its masters, the noble family of Aldercrest, reign over a veritable army of slaves. At the bottom of the ladder, young Moth performs the most thankless tasks and has little hope of living past childhood--until the day he meets Obsidian, a mysterious prisoner of the House who whispers to him in his sleep. If Moth does what he asks, Obsidian will give him fortune and glory. And there's every indication that Obsidian can make good on his promises. Will Moth accept the offer?

"IDW Publishing and Glénat have entered into a new agreement which will see the two companies co-publish original graphic novels simultaneously in the North American and French markets." First reported by IcV2, the initiative kicked off in 2018 with The Highest House, a series by The Unwritten's Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Glénat debuts the book as graphic album in France, while IDW serialized it in six issues and then produced this oversized collected edition.

I found the oustanding cover art by Yuko Shimizu to be misleading--it says Manga to me and while quite good, has little in common with the artwork inside. However, after that bad start I have grown to enjoy reading this, regardless of the somewhat more pedestrian interior artwork. The point in such a book is the story as much as or more than the art. Here we have adequate and at some times quite good artwork that is furthering a story that is a real page-turner. I'm very curious, given all the sub-plots and characters who are nicely fleshed out, how this is all going to come out. -Bud

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Item Code HIGHO
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2108
ISBN 9781684053544
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 188pg
Color Full Color
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