Pride of the Lions: Carnal #1
John Connell & Jason Bergenstock
Sea Lion, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
arnal: Pride of the Lions
is very difficult to classify. It is an illustrated novel, but it is definitely not for young readers. While there is no harsh language or any sex, there is a lot of violence, and since it is illustrated, the reader sees the violence. It is also not illustrated in the manner than other such novels are. While many pages are taken up with John Connell's narrative, the eye is drawn to Jason Bergenstock's illustrations which are on every page sometimes sharing the same space as the text.
he story itself concerns a pride of lions on the verge of starvation. Man has pretty well died out and now Africa is populated by three evolved animals – lions, hyenas, and bulls (who are not featured in
Pride of the Lions
). The lions and hyenas are at war with each other and the hyenas' latest tactic is to wall off the wildebeest migration, effectively cutting off the lions' food supply. Long Eyes, the leader of the pride, sends his son Oron to the hyenas. When Oron does not return, a second search party is sent, but the hyenas may be the least of their worries as unrest is brewing within the pride.
onnell has an interesting story and Bergenstock does a magnificent job of bringing it to life, but
Carnal: Pride of the Lions
is not for everyone. It is, however, a unique book that older fans of animal fantasies will enjoy.
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