Title: Carnal: Pride of the Lions
Review: First of all I have to say that the art work in this book is amazing, absolutely beautiful. Carnal is about a futuristic tribe of lions who have morphed into almost human in appearance, the story is not a happy one. The tribe must fight for its existence and that means wars, death and destruction. Many other races have morphed also, the fighting and deceit are brutal. Power is wanted by all.
Starvation is another real threat to the pride and the reason for the best of the best leaving to find the reason for the beasts they usually hunted not being available to them any longer. The drawings really bring the story to life, I only read the preview, but the book kept my interest. If you enjoy graphic novels I believe this is for you. Check it out.
Publisher: Expected publication: January 25th 2012 by Sea Lion Books
Quick Review: 3 1/2 Stars out of 5.
Why Did I read this Book: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: The first graphic novel in the Carnal series, Pride of the Lions takes place on the continent of New Africa and focuses on three main species of humanistic animals. After the Great War decades earlier between the hyenas and the lions, the victorious and once united lion prides now lay scattered across the land, torn by civil unrest over territory disputes and food shortages. The hyena clans that survived the war were forced deep into the Earth and now live in a massive underground city under the control of a terrible witch. The buffalo race is indifferent to most other species and have walled themselves off from the rest of the kingdoms. Humans have lost their hold on the African territories long ago and live as a simple, nomadic species. The first book opens with Long Eyes, an old sapphire-eyed lion who is determined to save the lion kingdom and rescue his warrior son, Oron, who has gone missing. Long Eyes believes Oron is the key to uniting the prides. A young lioness tracker named Omi is sent out with the protection of two lion brothers to locate the missing warrior, but what they find is something that may unravel the very foundation of life for all species.
Author Biography: John Connell is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston. He is a freelance artist working in many mediums, from oil paintings to digital art. His clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. He lives with his family in Massachusetts. You can visit John Connell on the Internet at www.uglydogart.com or www.nightmarerhino.com
Jason Bergenstock has a BS degree in Business Administration & Management and currently attends graduate school at the University of Rhode Island for Digital Forensics. You can visit Jason Bergenstock at www.nightmarerhino.com