The Accursed Inheritance of Henrietta Achilles

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 30 Apr 2020

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Random and hilarious. Night at the Museum meets Dungeons and Dragons. 

Orphaned during the Great War, Henrietta finds herself summoned after nearly a decade to inherit the estate of a mysterious uncle. This is no ordinary home, as one can judge by outer appearances and the riot of bandits, magical artifacts, soldiers, and rodent-like creatures waging war within its walls. Henrietta must try and navigate the chaos, restore order, and find out just what secrets are lurking in hidden vault.
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What a wonderful graphic novel!! The story and artwork are awesome!

This book is a fun mix of fantasy and humor. I needed a break from real life right now...and this story was perfect.

I often read middle grade books and graphic novels to give my mind a nice break. I have a stressful job in human services...and adulting just gets to be a little bit much sometimes. That's when I LOVE to escape into children's literature. And, this book gave me a wonderful hour of innocent fantasy. Love it! 

Henrietta was orphaned during a war. Flash forward 9 years and she suddenly learns she had an uncle, who has died. He has left her a house....but little does she know that the house encloses its own war between soldiers and bandits, magical statues, hidden treasures and even....monsters. Yep....monsters. 

Haiko Hornig has created a fun, fantastical world in this first volume. Marium Pawlitza's awesome illustrations bring it all to life. 

Volume 1 is awesome! I can't wait to read the continuation of this story! Full stars from me...I loved this story from beginning to end. 

**I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book from Lerner Publishing. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. No giant rats or kobolds were harmed during the writing of this review.**
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A fantasy for the young, that wants to be a drama concerning a girl inheriting a mansion so large it contains a continent's amount of warfare, intrigue and derring-do, as bounty hunters seek for a fabled vault of either treasure or magical power, but that ends up as a mess.  Too many characters and scenes get thrust at the reader pell-mell, and it's all wacky for the sake of wacky, and too weird for its own good.
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This is going to be so popular with kids! It's got great art, lots of chaos, cute characters and magic! PLUS a bookish heroin! What more could you want!
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3.5 stars
The general idea of this graphic novel was really interesting. I loved the house with the treasure and the people inside warring for it. However, it was kind of confusing. There is basically no explanation of anything or character introductions. The art style was interesting. The close up panels looked very cartoon-ish, but the page size panels of scenery and stuff were so beautiful and detailed. 
I didn't realize how short this graphic novel was and I feel like hardly anything happened. It ended at a spot where I'm excited to see what happens in the next one!
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The premise of this graphic novel sounded both hilarious and intriguing, so I had to check it out. Poor Henrietta is thrown into the thick of things right away and what a roller coaster ride it ends up being. This graphic novel is a great first volume and I was actually bummed when I reached the end because I wanted more.

The characters shown so far are quite a mix of personalities and I'm sure will factor in importantly as the series goes on. It's definitely a compelling story that makes you wonder what is coming next and seems like it will be quite an adventure for Henrietta.
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The Accursed Inheritance of Henrietta Achilles is the first installment of this series. It follows Henrietta, an orhpan, who inherits a house from her uncle who passed away. When she gets there, she discovers that there’s something more in the house.

I thought this book was okay. I liked the humor and the story line. I wanna see more about Ornun Zol, Henrietta’s uncle, in the next installment as well as the magical aspects of the story.
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Funny story about a girl inheriting a wizzards house - and all the problems it causes. Epic battles, creatures coming straight from horror movies and lively signposts seem to be everyday occurences.
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Henrietta ìnherits a misfit house with a vault full of treasure. She is a brave orphan with a fear of being locked in a dark room. She is alone and no one will help her in fact some of the adults want her to fix their town. This is the first book of the series so it ends on a cliff hanger. I am enraptured by her strength and courage and am looking forward to the next installment,
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Chaos Reigns

We start with gloom and dark portent, as Henrietta is orphaned and then summoned from her orphanage to a strange town to receive a creepy surprise inheritance. The town of Malrenard holds many secrets, they all seem to involve Henrietta and her deceased wizard relative, and the townspeople all mutter dark and eldritch hints. This builds to a splashy reveal of the wizard's mansion, which is beautifully conceived, drawn, and colored, and is as strange, magical, and threatening as you could hope for. 

At this point we go a bit cartoony, and turn from darkness to a lighter and more chaotic tale. There are many warring factions of squatters, residents, and invaders lurking and charging about the wizard's tower, and Henrietta is caught in the middle. Immediately, Henrietta is, in turns, chased, dragged, whisked, pushed, pulled, and harried about, without knowing who is who or what is what. There are silly soldiers and a ragtag band of adventurers captained by a charming rogue. And other "things" as well. And the Tower may be sentient. Ultimately, the exasperated Henrietta declares she doesn't "care about magic, hidden vaults, bandits, or quiche wars".

But then we switch gears again. A painting of the Wizard opens another chapter that turns dark, and we enter a period of both silly suspense and dark humor. We end up back at a ripping magical adventure, and Henrietta decides to call upon the heroine-within, just in time for a cliff-hanger ending.

So, is this a dark fantasy graphic novel, or a Scooby-Doo comic book, or a magical adventure quest, or a haunted house story, or a coming-of-age young girl story, or maybe even a light romance? Yes, probably. 

My bottom line was this - the art is crisp, well inked, and especially well colored. Characters are more cartoonish than realistic, but are surprisingly expressive for all that. The story is laid out on classic bones, but lots of twists and turns mean any particular scene or development is unpredictable. Henrietta is already a worthy heroine. So, I'm game to follow where this leads, even though it feels like it's going to take a while.

(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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I read the ARC provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley.

The first installment to what seems to be a very interesting and original story. I'm very curious to learn more about Ornun Zol and how magic works in this world. I liked the humorous tone.

Although the art was beautiful, I felt that the way the action was depicted in the panels made the story a little hard to follow. It was all a little too chaotic to the eye, and not because of the general chaos reigning in that house. So I would work on that in the next installment.

I look forward to reading the next one!
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I'd like it so much in the beginning. That weird mystery vibe it had was awesome, but then, at a crossroad, it could have taken a darker/mysterious path or the humorous one, it chooses the second to my own terrible despair. I would have chose otherwise and I think it could have been way better. Still a decent read, but it felt a bit like some potential was wasted here!
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