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Book 3
The Desert of Mirrors (Hardback)


Author: Frederik Peeters
Artist: Frederik Peeters
Publisher: Self Made Hero
RRP: £12.99, US $19.95, Cdn $23.95
ISBN: 978 1 906838 93 5
Publication Date: 05 March 2015

On the fantastical, rapidly evolving world of Ona(ji), Verloc, Nim and his companions are heading to the release point of the blotech experiment Aama, a project that now appears to be frighteningly out of control. Faced with an increasingly desperate fight for survival in an ever-changing landscape, the expedition teeters on the brink of collapse...

The Desert of Mirrors, the third volume of Frederik Peeters' award-winning series, draws us deeper into a complex and unsettling future where creation and loss go hand in hand. As moments of self-reflection and revelation bleed into a vivid reality bordering on madness, the search for Aama continues to raise questions - about the new life around them, about the Muy-Tang Corporation... and about Verloc's own family.

For some reason I missed book 2 in the series, which would have made reviewing book 3 practically impossible... So, I splashed out and bought the second book before I reviewed this latest release. If you're new to the series, for goodness sake start from the beginning, as you've absolutely no chance of fathoming what is going on otherwise.

For those that enjoyed the first two books, then you won't be surprised to learn that this is pretty much more of the same. It's a psychedelic, reflective collection that, if nothing else, will at least make the reader question things around them in the real world.

Beautifully illustrated, and well written, this is a series that is worth collecting.


Nick Smithson

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