Writer, editor, reviewer, and podcaster, Jamie Greene of The Roarbots took a leap into the unknown recently and reviewed The Blood-Bound Oath. Mr. Greene admits to not being a ready-made fan of the original epic…
For whatever reason, I just couldn’t sink my teeth into it like I could with other myths and legends. King Arthur? Sure. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? Yep. Edith Wharton’s Mythology? Why not? But Beowulf? Just didn’t do it for me.
So when Kid Beowulf appeared on my radar, I’d be lying if I said it immediately rose to the top of my reading pile. I liked the twist of making the story accessible to young readers, but…well, it was still Beowulf.
But I’m here to tell you I wish I had read this a lot sooner.
Thankfully he stuck with the story, enjoyed it, and thinks others will too…
Young readers who are interested in history or fantasy settings will eat this up, and those who are already familiar with long-from graphic novel storytelling (through books such as Bone or Amulet) shouldn’t be put off by the length or depth of this story.
Let yourself fall into the story, and there’s a lot to enjoy here. Remember my distaste for the original epic poem? It’s not even a strike against Kid Beowulf, and I’m eagerly looking forward to the second book in the series. Beowulf and Grendel in France and dealing with Roland and Charlemagne? Yes, please.
He has a full in-depth review on his site and I’m thankful he took the time to read and write about the book. In fact, after reading Kid Beowulf, he might consider giving the original Beowulf another try which, for me, is the best news of all.