Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Castle in the Stars

Castle in the Stars is Alex Alice’s lavishly illustrated alternate history graphic novel series of fantasy and adventure.

The year is 1869, and the discovery of a mysterious element known as aether has granted humanity the ability to not only fly the skies but to explore space. In the royal courts of Bavaria, young Seraphin Dulac must protect his family from those who would use their knowledge of aether to build crafts and conquer the stars.

Books in this Series

Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

Castle in the Stars (Volume 1)
Alex Alice
First Second

In search of the mysterious element known as aether, Claire Dulac flew her hot air balloon toward the edge of our stratosphere—and never returned. Her husband, genius engineer Archibald Dulac,...

Available in:


About the author

Alex Alice

Alex Alice is a French graphic novel writer and artist, working in France and sometimes the U.S. Born in 1974, he grew up in the south of France and had the chance to travel around Europe, where he developed a life-long passion for the ruins and castles of the medieval and romantic ages.

This infused his art, from the grim medieval setting of esoteric thriller “The Third Testament” (1997-2003, co-written with Xavier Dorison) to the primeval, mythic world of “Siegfried” (2007-2011), an operatic re-telling of the northern saga of the great dragon-slayer.

In Castle in the Stars, he draws on Jules Verne and nineteenth century romanticism to create a watercolor world of adventure and wonder, to enchant adults and younger readers alike. His works have been translated in more than 15 languages.

Isabelle Franciosa

Alex Alice