Review: In Search of Lost Dragons, Elian Black’Mor

August 3, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review: In Search of Lost Dragons, Elian Black’MorIn Search of Lost Dragons by Élian Black'mor, Carine-m
Published by Dynamite Entertainment on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 224
Source: My copy
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four-stars

On the trail of dragons forgotten, an intrepid illustrator and reporter journeys from Europe through the Middle East and finally to Saigon in search of the dark caverns and mountaintop perches where the elusive winged serpents dwell. With the gift of seeing the invisible, our explorer friend records each encounter in a journal of gorgeous, fully painted artwork, capturing every majestic and fearsome visual detail of the scaly behemoths, and accompanies his findings with snippets of local lore as evidence that these hidden beasts continue to shape the world in ways we may never expect!

A beautiful book full of paintings, sketches, old-looking photographs and other assorted bits and pieces relating to Black’Mor’s journey around the world, in search of mysterious creatures.

In Search of Lost Dragons was originally published in French in three separate parts, but has now been combined and translated into English and presented in a gorgeous glossy art-book format. I am a massive fan of all things dragon and I was just delighted with the imagery in this book!

Unfortunately the story aspect may have lost something in the translation. It is essentially snippets of a journal recorded as Elian travels to Ireland, across Europe and Russia and down through Tibet to South East Asia, but the entries don’t really tie together all that well. The words are very lyrical, but I couldn’t help but feel that if it had been expanded into a full story of an epic journey, it could have been really amazing. Fortunately, I was too distracted by the dragons to worry about the lack of continuity!

You can see a preview of some of the artwork in this book over at the Dynamite website. A perfect gift for any dragon-lover (or yourself!).

Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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