Mort the Meek and the Ravens’ Revenge
Rachel Delahaye, illustrated by George Ermos
(Little Tiger Press)
Mort the Meek and the Ravens’ Revenge are on a collision course it seems. While Mort attends his friend’s trial before the brutal Queen and King of Brutalia, the Royal Executioner bonks to his death. Thereafter the Queen calls for a relative to take his place. It seems it cannot be his sister, for she lost an arm fighting on behalf of the Queen. Therefore it must be her son…. Mort the Meek, a pacifist.
Although Mort is Brutalia’s only pacifist he aims to maintain true to his principles. However, that is no easy thing upon an island of gore, gruesomeness and loathing. It seems the only sweetly hopeful things might be hidden, like donuts handed to the prison guard, or flowers that might be concocted into a potion to deter the Queen’s tiger during a fight. Therefore, Mort has his work cut out to arrive at a cunning plan that might save Weed, his dearest friend with the limpid, chocolate eyes, yet appear mighty.
Could there be something on the shores of Brutalia that offer a clue? After all, this island offers thoughts of Corregidor! Or might an unknown boy lead Mort to a world about which he and everyone else knew nothing. Furthermore, this world, this island, seems to be distracting the ravens from their bloodthirsty pillages. Is there anyway that this might all build into a yeasty plot?
Mort the Meek and the Ravens’ Revenge offers scents of The Maker of Monsters. There are hints of ferocious rocks and unforgiving locals. Yet the violence and gore are comedic and clever.