In this third volume of Crossgen’s epic fantasy, the tale shifts into a higher gear. Sephie is growing ever stronger, testing her new powers and blossoming into the leader her father knew she could be. As she grows more confident, however, the dangers she faces gain complexity and fierceness. Particularly intriguing about Meridian as a whole is that the conflict takes on the realistic focus on the control of trade è as a historian friend of mine always says, more wars have been caused by economic conflict than anything else. As Sephie declares her independence and attacks her Uncle’s forces more directly, Sephie also realizes that despite her great powers, war by its very nature leads to tragedy even she cannot prevent.

Meridian, vol. 3: Taking the Skies
ISBN: 193148421X
by Barbara Kesel
Art by Steve McNiven and Tom Simmons
CrossGen 2002

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

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    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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