Story and Art: Lukasz Wnuczek
I know it’s bad, but when I get a self-published book to review, I sometimes have a tendency to go a little easy on them. In fact, there have been several times where I’ve looked back over some of my previous reviews and can’t help but think that I may have been a little too generous. However, I can confirm that The Owl Tribe, a brand new book from Lukasz Wnuckez, received absolutely no preferential treatment and will most certainly stand the test of time.
We open to the survivors of a tribe hunting down the creature that has caused them so much pain. Following a series of events we come face-to-face the wolf-looking beast, who turns out to be the Shepard of the Forest, a man with a deep connection to nature, and his mystical bodyguard.
This, however, is only one side of the story. The other side has us following an outcast from another tribe looking after a baby that the Shepard had brought him. He is an outcast because he is the sole survivor of a group of Vikings who were raised in the tribe.
At its core, The Owl Tribe is a story about two different cultures clashing and the heartbreak that it can cause. Not knowing enough about each other can lead to such grave misunderstandings, even to the point where a man can appear to be a beast.
And, while it did take me a little while to get this message from the book, there’s no denying that this is an elegantly crafted piece of storytelling.
The art feels like it was taken straight from a classic storybook that has only recently discovered. This only serves to magnify the mysticism of the story and makes the themes and events contained within seem even more authentic.
As I said at the beginning of this review, I normally find myself going easy on small press books, but with The Owl Tribe there is absolutely no need. When reviewing things in the future, Lukasz Wnuczek is definitely a name I’ll be looking out for.
You can purchase The Owl Tribe Book 1 in either paperback or Kindle format on Amazon by CLICKING HERE.
The writer of this piece was: David Gladman
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