"What begins as a twisty fantasy adventure ends as a call to action." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review
"Utterly surprising in its construction and philosophical scope." — BOOKLIST, Starred Review
"Complex, challenging, and ultimately rewarding." — KIRKUS
“Why are we going down there, anyway; some mystery to uncover, treasure to find? Why are we here?”
Far across the Western Ocean on a mist-shrouded island guarded by giant sea monsters, heroes come to explore the mysterious dungeons that lie below the surface. None have yet to reach the bottom and return to tell the tale. Each party gathers daily for a new round of potion-making, sword-sharpening, armor-buying, and dungeon-crawling, and after hours of leveling up in dangerous battles with monstrous creatures from the depths, they rest and try again the next day when everything repeats. That is, until one adventurer stops to ask why. Is it endlessly exciting, or simply endless?
In a witty, genre-defying tale of magic, mystery, and philosophy, brave warriors must learn the difference between diversion and escape as they try to break the cycle of a penultimate quest in which the final fantasy never arrives.
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So why are all these folks on an island? And why do they keep going down into this dungeon? I mean they traipse down, fight monsters, get treasure but then they die by some horrible monster and come back to do it again. Why are they doing this? Well, in Penultimate Quest, the party is on a quest to get to the bottom, solve the mystery of the island and find out why they exist, sort of. It is a quest of understanding, but not your normal philosophical argument, rather a physical quest for figuring out how to right a wrong done in the far past. And in the end, learning how to live. A satisfying, if puzzling read. Thanks Netgalley for the opportunity to read this title
Thanks to Letter Better Publishing Services and Netgalley for the digital ARC. So this is a very dense metaphysical book which does a great job keeping you always wanting to turn the page. We follow a few characters who are initially looking to conquer a dungeon but as the story unfolds it moves into world saving and major character studies. A very fun read for those who like meatier graphic novels.
This comic is of the alarming sort where at first you think it's just a fun romp and then about halfway through you realize that no, it's a deep and heavy allegory. I highly recommend it even if I truly don't think I understood more than half of what I just read beyond the surface level.