Pierre Christin Writing Styles in Birds of the Master (Valerian)

Pierre Christin
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Point of View

The novel is presented in third person from a limited perspective that is typically focused on Valerian and Laureline. During the brief scene when the two heroes are separated, the perspective alternates between the two. The limited perspective means the reader learns things only as Valerian and Laureline learn them. There is talk about the Master from the early pages of the novel, but Valerian and Laureline do not know who or what the Master is until they join a group of dissenters who go into the Master's sanctuary. The reader only sees the Master through the eyes of Valerian and Laureline, as they discover the Master's power. The limited perspective is appropriate for the story and allows the author to create the element of surprise and suspense.

One important change from the perspective is seen in the final panel of the novel. Valerian, Laureline...

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