Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King

2018 DEBUT Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King
Book Author(s) Hamid Rahmanian , Simon Arizpe
Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Book List Price $39.99
All-Ages Appropriate Yes
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In this stunningly produced and ingeniously crafted pop-up book, the story of Zahhak the Serpent King springs to life. The tale begins as the greedy Prince Zahhak is swayed by the devil to murder his father and usurp the thrown. For his wicked deed, the villainous King is cursed with monstrous snakes that grow from his shoulders and feed upon the brains of young men. Thus commences his brutal rule over the seven realms of Persia. But one night, the King has an ominous dream that strikes fear into his heart. His soothsayer soon foretells that a young Persian man will rise up against the King and end his reign with a mighty blow from a golden mace. Who is this mysterious young man, and is he powerful enough to conquer the evil Zahhak and his ravenous snakes to bring peace to Persia? With each turn of the page, readers enter the mythical world of Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King.