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In The Blood Of The Greeks - The Illustrated Companion: Intertwined Souls: Eva and Zoe Companion Series, Volume 1 is an educational historical companion volume to the Intertwined Souls Series written by Mary D. Brooks and illustrated by Lucia Nobrega. Part of the book is in a graphic novel format, which tells the early story of Eva and Zoe, particularly when they first met in 1942 during the German occupation of Greece, and it follows the plot of the first novel in the series: In the Blood of the Greeks. Brooks also includes Nobrega’s pen and ink drawings throughout, which are provided for use as a coloring book, and she invites the reader to make copies of those images for further artistic/recreational exploration. The final section of this Companion Guide is a non-fiction historical work detailing the occupation of Greece by the Germans and the role the Greek Resistance and the Australian forces played during WWII. Brooks includes a number of archival images from the Australian War Memorial and other sources.
I was fascinated by Mary D. Brooks' educational historical companion volume. While I've not yet read her first book in the series, In the Blood of the Greeks, I've read a number of the other novels and novellas in the series, so seeing this graphic presentation of the early days helped answer some of the questions I had about both Zoe and Eva's pasts and shared history. I'm a fan of Lucia Nobrega's artwork from the Eva and Zoe books I've already read, and I loved seeing the panels she created for this volume. The pen and ink drawings are inspired, and the idea of including coloring book images is brilliant! I've long been a student of both world wars, but didn't really have much of a grasp of the impact the Second World War had on Greece and its inhabitants. The historical section of this piece is concise, enthralling and very well-presented, especially those portions which pertain to the women of the Greek Resistance. In The Blood Of The Greeks - The Illustrated Companion is a creative masterpiece, and it's most highly recommended.