In the Shadow of the Throne

Mad Cave Studios. Aug. 2022. 176p. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781952303258.
Gr 7 Up–When Jordan Rivera visits a museum in New York City with his family, he’s supposed to be there to enjoy the art, but it feels like he’s really just there to be a babysitter for his annoying kid brothers. When he walks away to try to get a few minutes to himself, he discovers a very unusual painting, and moments later he finds himself inside that painting, rescuing a prince from a pack of ferocious wolves. This is just the beginning of an astonishing adventure in the land of Lymeira, a place where magic is outlawed—but that same magic might be the only thing that can save Jordan and his new friends. Jordan sees this as an opportunity to become a knight and escape the obligations of his family. Prince Astel and Sir Griffith see Jordan’s arrival as a sign that he will be able to help them untangle a mystery and win a magical battle. The scene-stealing character in this book is the enormous monster they encounter, with its twisted horns, sharp teeth, many eyes, and a secret of its own. Cardinali’s artwork is captivating throughout the story, but especially when showing readers details like magical energy, spilled blood, and that drooling monster.
VERDICT For fans of magical adventures with hints of LGBTQIA+ romance.

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