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The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 at 5:24pm

August is a misfit with a pyro streak and Jack is a golden boy on the varsity rugby team—but their intense friendship goes way back. Jack begins to see increasingly vivid hallucinations that take the form of an elaborate fantasy kingdom creeping into the edges of the real world. With their parents’ unreliable behavior, August decides to help Jack the way he always has—on his own. He accepts the visions as reality, even when Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy.

Told through words and pictures, the story of the complex relationship between August and Jack will leave its mark on you. It manages to be both twisted and dark, yet full of passion. Alongside August, readers will question how far you would go for someone you love. I read The Wicker King in one sitting.

- Emily, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The Wicker King will be available October 31.

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Jack once saved August's life…now can August save him? August is a misfit with a pyro streak and Jack is a golden boy on the varsity rugby team—but their intense friendship goes way back. Jack begins to see increasingly vivid hallucinations that take the form of an elaborate fantasy kingdom creeping into the edges of the real world. With their parents’ unreliable behavior, August decides to help Jack the way he always has—on his own. He accepts the visions as reality, even when Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy. August and Jack alienate everyone around them as they struggle with their sanity, free falling into the surreal fantasy world that feels made for them. In the end, each one must choose his own truth. Written in vivid micro-fiction with a stream-of-consciousness feel and multimedia elements, K. Ancrum'sThe Wicker King touches on themes of mental health and explores a codependent relationship fraught with tension, madness and love.