The Lost Path
by Amélie Fléchais
If you’ve got the taste for adventure, come join this treasure hunt! Three young boys set off from Camp Happiness, map in hand, determined to be the first to find the treasure before anyone else. But the shortcut they take leads to something far more spectacular and sinister! All manner of magical beasties live in these woods, and the kids find themselves caught between warring Forest Spirits. Will the three boys find their way out of trouble? Get your map and ready, set, go! Amélie Fléchais’s incredible artwork combines the best of French illustration with manga influences. A spooky new fairytale, for fans of Over the Garden Wall. (Amazon)
This is a beautiful, beautiful graphic novel by French author/illustrator Amélie Fléchais. Marina @ Books of Magic recommended this to me, and I cannot thank her enough for introducing me to this author and her work!
The story tells the tale of an enchanted forest, filled with magical creatures and towering roots and spidery queens. Three boys get lost in this forest after deciding to go on an adventure, hunting for lost treasure. They encounter all sorts of strange beasts and interesting places on their journey.
Not only is this story amazing, but Fléchais’ illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! Each page is a treasure filled with interesting, unique images that immediately pull you into this wonderful world she’s created. I often found myself not wanting to turn the page because I was so entranced with the illustrations. The style also changes throughout the book, with some pages being filled with color and some overflowing with blacks and whites, which works to add to the feel of the story even more.
Many of the creatures remind me of Hayao Miyazaki’s characters in anime films such as Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. They’re strange and otherworldly and at times, even terrifying. They makes for such a great, fun read, and it leaves you wondering what sort of creature will pop up next.
Though I adored the illustrations and the characters and the use of color, I will say that the actual story did feel lacking at times, which is why I’m giving this graphic novel 4 stars instead of 5. It was visually stunning, but I felt like there could have been so much more to it. I am interested in checking out more works by this author, though, if only for the delightful images.