Geof Isherwood, Robert Louis Smith
Antiquitas Lost: The Last of the Shamalans is the award-winning debut novel of American cardiologist, Robert Louis Smith. It is an illustrated fantasy novel that chronicles the adventures of an American teenage boy after he stumbles through a magical doorway in his grandfather's basement, and into a war-torn fantasy world called Pangrelor. The main story arc involves the protagonist's gradual discovery of his unknown relation to Pangrelor, and his unlikely quest to help save its greatest civilization, which is centered around the mountaintop city of Harwelden. Several times during the story, the protagonist is told that success in saving this fabled city of Harwelden may help to save his own dying mother, who remains isolated from him and terminally ill back in New Orleans.Antiquitas Lost is noteworthy for its many high quality illustrations, making it somewhat unique to its genre. It was awarded "Most Promising New Novel" at the 2011 New York City Comic Convention, selected as a Kirkus 2011 Critics' Pick, and awarded a medal for "Best Juvenile Fiction" at the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards.
- 12 and up