The Unwritten

The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words

I became a fan of the graphic novel with The Sandman series. I admit they take some getting used to if you are not a regular reader of the genre. I always have to remind myself that much of the story is told in pictures because I tend to focus on the words. If you are a big reader and graphic novels aren’t typically your thing, this may be a good series to get you started.

Tommy Taylor and the War of Words is the 6th book in the series. There is a lot going on, with stories told within stories.

Don’t let a familiar sounding story fool you . . . a bespectacled young wizard and his two friends fight an evil figure threatening the world . . . you have not wandered into the wrong book, though that is entirely possible in this series. In the world of The Unwritten, Harry Potter is popular, but Tommy Taylor has the real super series.

Tom Taylor is the son of the author, Wilson Taylor, and the namesake of the boy wizard. His father had mysteriously disappeared a few years before, leaving Tom to support himself by attending cons in place of his father. The story gets interesting when the question is raised ­– Is Tom just the loser human son of Wilson Taylor or the character from the books made flesh? A mysterious ancient cabal then takes an interest in Tom in such a disturbing way that it makes him question what he thought were facts about his existence.

The lines between reality and fiction are blurred. Much of the action of the series takes place in other books. As someone who likes books, this obviously appeals to me. Tom’s friend, Lizzie Hexam, has origins in the Charles Dickens novel Our Mutual Friend. Frankenstein also makes a few appearances.

Tommy Taylor and the War of Words has Tom and his friends finally confronting the cabal that has ruined Tom’s life and poses a threat to the rest of humanity. I have heard people say the series can be a little slow, and I can see that in places. However, I have been totally pulled in as I keep reading. This book starts to answer a lot of questions.

As with the other books in the series, this one contains many smaller stories within the larger story. Different artists illustrate each of the mini stories, and I really enjoy seeing the range of styles.

Rating: ★★★★

P.S. I would not recommend this series for kids. Despite the Harry Potter-ish qualities of the Tommy Taylor books, the world of Tom Taylor is not child friendly. The series is pretty violent.


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