Thursday 21 September 2023

Rise of the Mythix: Prophecy’s End

Rise of the Mythix: Prophecy’s End by Anh Do, illustrated by Marcelo Baez (Allen & Unwin) PB RRP $15.99 ISBN: 9781761068935

Reviewed by Dannielle Viera

Kelly, Minh, and Jimmy – the Golden Unicorn, the Minotaur, and the Griffin – are teenagers with special powers. They seek their loved ones who have been trapped in paintings by the nefarious Collector. Their journey leads them to mischievous twins, Ralph and Alph – ‘the reincarnation of the Leprechaun’ – and the Sunken Temple of Tears, where the Collector’s secret hoard is stashed. Will they locate their human jewels before their world literally comes crashing down around them?

In this sixth instalment of the Rise of the Mythix series, Anh Do dives deeper into the heroes versus villains’ trope. Although it is helpful if readers are familiar with the characters, ten- to fourteen-year-olds who are new to the books will soon be swept along the river of adventure. Kids will appreciate the bubbles of puns that allow them to come up for air occasionally.

Resembling traditional comic-book images, Marcelo Baez’s illustrations are dynamic and detailed. They bring to life the many turbulent situations in which the characters find themselves, ensuring that hesitant readers are not left behind as the story surges forward.

Action-packed and absorbing from beginning to end, Rise of the Mythix: Prophecy’s End will be lapped up by Anh Do’s young fans. It is ideal for kids who enjoy the blend of superheroes and mythology found in many Marvel movies

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