The Explorer’s Guild Volume One

The Explorer's Guild Volume OneThe Explorer’s Guild, Vol. I: A Passage to Shambhala

By Jon Baird & Kevin Costner, with illustrations by Rick Ross

Review by Sarah Reisert

A wealthy member of the Explorer’s Guild accepts a challenge to find the Northwest Passage, but on the way he stumbles across a figure of legend: the city of Shambhala. He escapes with his life but falls terribly ill, and enlists his brother (and the rough-and-tumble regiment his brother commands) to help him figure out where on Earth the city will appear next. At least, I think that’s the story.

Due to the authors’ unbridled enthusiasm for old-timey adventure tales, this is sort of all over the place, like spaghetti and sauce thrown on a wall and called a map. The physical book, though, is a thing of beauty and a joy to those with a fondness for old books. The color illustrations at the start of each chapter with a line from the chapter underneath, the bookplate on the inside cover, the yellowed pages… it warms my heart.

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About the reviewer: Sarah Reisert is a young museum professional who believes you should never be without a book in your purse.  If pressed to pick a favorite genre, she’d answer ‘All of them.’

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