The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge  by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin


Published by Candlewick; Illustrated edition on September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 544

Format: BEA

Source: ARC

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I would give this book 4 for a review.


Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain’s host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them — and war for their nations. Witty mixed media illustrations show Brangwain’s furtive missives back to the elf kingdom, while Werfel’s determinedly unbiased narrative tells an entirely different story. A hilarious and biting social commentary that could only come from the likes of National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin, this tale is rife with thrilling action and visual humor . . . and a comic disparity that suggests the ultimate victor in a war is perhaps not who won the battles, but who gets to write the history.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I really loved how this book was structure through both novel and graphic novel. I found the different narrative told so interesting and it really made me read this book quickly. I really enjoyed both main characters. I also enjoyed the world that was created for this novel and how fantasy it was but also how it handled issues like policies, history and winters and losers. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more by this author in the future.


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