Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of Empire (Fables #9) (Fables Universe #12)

Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of Empire. The calm before the storm. It’s a number of somewhat lighter tales (relatively speaking!) showing how both sides are preparing to strike back.

We get a bit more detail on Frau Totenkinder–who turns out to be even more than we thought–and Ambrose/Flycatcher, who seems to have quite the backstory. And of course, the Wolf clan. They’re always a lot of fun.

A good story. A nice breather.

Onwards!

Some of my favorite scenes (spoilers):

Fables-9-01-Inquisitor-General-Hansel

The idea that Hansel is on the side of the Adversary is … of course he is. Especially given that Frau Totenkinder is who she is.

Fables-9-02-The-power-behind-the-scenes

It’s on one hand amazing that the average person doesn’t know. But I guess that’s entirely the point of the thing.

Fables-9-03-POOF

Man, Fly’s had a rough life. Stress? Frog. Wife? Dead. Family? Dead. Oof.

Fables-9-04-Rapunzel

The idea of curses carrying on was one we saw before with Briar Rose, but this makes it all the better. Three haircuts a day. And she’s making bank on it. Pretty cool.

Fables-9-05-Three-blind-mice

A silly little version of the Three Blind Mice. It works.

Fables-9-06-Santa

If you stay up to catch Santa, you can have one true answer instead of your presents. I really like that idea. And you know, that’s actually a really good way that Santa works. Magic.

Fables-9-07-One-last-kiss

Santa’s gift for Fly: one last kiss.

Man. Right in the feels. He’s got quite a story.

Fables-9-08-Geppetto-is-a-terrible-father

You know. Geppetto really is kind of a terrible father figure. I feel bad for how Pinocchio has been stuck there.

Fables-9-09-Glasshole

Heh. Glasshole. Also the idea that everyone rhymes to magic mirror, but you don’t actually have to, it just likes it? That’s funny.

Fables-9-10-Fiftheenth-birthday

All that before he was fifteen. Man Charming is morally all over the place. He tries to do good, but … he is who he is.

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