Castle Waiting (Vol. 2) by Linda Medley
About the Book (from Amazon.com): "The long-awaited return to Castle Waiting! With its long-awaited second volume, Linda Medley’s witty and sublimely drawn fantasy eases into a relaxed comedy of manners as Lady Jain settles into her new life in Castle Waiting.
Unexpected visitors result in the discovery and exploration of a secret passageway, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies’ underpants, the identity of Pindar’s father, the education of Simon, Rackham and Chess arguing about the “manly arts,” and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the elements in this delightful new volume.
The book also includes many flashbacks that deepen the stories behind the characters, including Jain’s earliest romantic entanglements and conflicts with her bratty older sisters, the horrific past of the enigmatic Dr. Fell, and more. 384 pages of black-and-white comics."
Long-awaited is right! I was introduced to the first Castle Waiting book back in my very first year with the Cybils and I fell in love instantly (my review from back then here). It's one of those excellent books that just really doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Everyone I recommend it to loves it, but you just don't see it as a large-scale popularity book.
Anyway, getting back to this volume. So many questions were left unanswered that I wanted so bad for there to be a sequel. And now there is! True, the story was available in comic book format, and this volume just anthologizes the material, but comic books are just not the same as having a solid sturdy book in your hands.
Castle Waiting (Vol. 2)will be officially released on December 6th, 2010, but appears to be currently available for order off Amazon.com: