William and the Lost Spirit

By Gwen de Bonneval
Illustrated by Matthieu Bonhomme

Combines medieval legends and folklore, the nasty and brutish feudal world, and devotion to family in a coming-of-age story. The blend of fantasy and reality perfectly evokes a medieval mindset.

William, the grandson of an elderly feudal lord in the thirteenth century, can't accept the death of his father. He thinks his new stepfather, Brifaut, must be an evil schemer. As the family prepares to move to a new home, his sister, Helise, disappears. Helise believes their father is trapped between this world and the next and needs her help and has set out across a countryside swarming with supposed bandits. William doubts her, but when his stepfather calls off the search for her, William makes the difficult choice to leave his mother and sneak away to find his sister. He soon encounters Brifaut's knights, who are pillaging villages so Brifaut can later ""rescue"" the peasants. William is saved from their clutches by Brabant, a wandering knight fallen into disrepute but loyal to William's grandfather. Their journey becomes more and more strange and filled with magic, as they are joined by a mysterious nanny goat and an offbeat troubadour. Only when William is badly injured does he find a way between worlds. He encounters monsters (some friendly). He discovers three magic seeds, which each grow into a plant that will answer any question but withers away in seconds. He crosses the sea to the kingdom of the legendary Prester John. Eventually, he wakes beside his sister, and the two of them take on the ambitious Brifaut and discover the true murderer of their father. In the end, they must find their answers in the real world, though a world still tinged with a very medieval perspective that magic lies everywhere.

  • Lush, detailed artwork, a style common in Europe but new and fresh in the US.
  • Boy oriented, high action. Another "boy book," but with ample interest for girl readers suitable for older reluctant readers.
  • Historical fiction is one of those evergreen topics., Examines medieval society and medieval perceptions of the world.

About the author

Gwen de Bonneval was born in 1973 in Nantes, France. He has illustrated a number of awardwinning graphic novels in his native France, including L'Espirit Perdu (an official selection of the Angouleme International Comics Festival) and La Vierge Froide et Autres Racontars (winner of the Prix Essentiels at Angouleme in 2010).

About the illustrator

Crazy about drawing from young age, Matthew Bonhomme always intended to work in comics. A graduate in Applied Arts, he began his illustration career in newspaper advertisements. As a comic book connoisseur, Mr. Bonhomme has always sought advice and to establish collaborations with fellow illustrators including comic artist Christian Rossi. Another such alliance occurred when Mr. Bonhomme met William and the Lost Spirit author Gwen de Bonneval.

ISBN: 9781467708074
Imprint: Graphic Universe – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Dimensions: 178 x 229mm, 160pp
Stock Status: Out of Print
Australian RRP: $15.99
New Zealand RRP: $17.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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