Sage Alexan­der and the Hall of Night­mares

Steve Co­pling

Foreword Reviews - - Reviews Comics & Graphic Novels / Children’s - HAN­NAH HOHMAN

Brown Books Pub­lish­ing Group Hard­cover $18.99 (416pp) 978-1-61254-942-2

The adventure is a com­pelling one, and Sage’s jour­ney, per­sonal in sav­ing his fa­ther and no­ble in sav­ing the world, is worth root­ing for.

Sage Alexan­der and the Hall of Night­mares is an in­tri­cate, ad­ven­tur­ous novel of a boy’s jour­ney to save his fa­ther and de­feat the Seven Princes of Hell.

Sage’s con­stant com­pan­ion, an an­gel named Leah, has been grow­ing more in­sis­tent that he be­gin his train­ing to de­feat the evils in the world. Sage re­sists, as the last time he spoke to Leah, it ended with him in ther­apy for an imag­i­nary friend he wouldn’t let go of. But now that Sage’s fa­ther is act­ing strangely and grow­ing into some­thing un­rec­og­niz­able to Sage, he knows he has to act quickly. His train­ing has been stalled long enough that he has fallen be­hind, but he is the cho­sen one and his friends are cer­tain that with help, he will grow pow­er­ful again.

The world build­ing in Sage Alexan­der is ex­cel­lent; back­story is heav­ily ex­plored and the world that Sage is dis­cov­er­ing is com­plex in a fas­ci­nat­ing way. It is not all magic on Earth; there is an al­ter­nate place that peo­ple with pow­ers, like Sage, can en­ter, an in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tion to Sage’s jour­ney.

Sage’s world and ex­pe­ri­ences are founded in Chris­tian­ity. The Seven Princes in the story rep­re­sent the seven deadly sins from Chris­tian teach­ings. Sage at­tends church and keeps its val­ues in mind. When spar­ring with his cousin, he does not gloat, but re­mains hum­ble and re­minds his brother to do the same when he wins.

Most of the facts of the story are car­ried out through di­a­logue, which at times can seem over­whelm­ing. A lot is to be learned at once and most of it is told by Sage’s in­ner mono­logue rather than re­vealed in sto­ry­telling.

The adventure is a com­pelling one, and Sage’s jour­ney, per­sonal in sav­ing his fa­ther and no­ble in sav­ing the world, is worth root­ing for.

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