Monday, 11 July 2016
Review! (Graphic Novel Edition!) - Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening
Title: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening
Author: Marjorie M Liu
Artist: Sana Takeda
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Series: Monstress (#1-6)
Release Date: 19 July
A few starting notes:
I received a free digital review copy of this book via Edelweiss. Edelweiss provides review copies from publishers in exchange for fair and honest reviews.
I'd heard a little about this series, and saw the cover and was like: oh, I'll try that.
AND OH MY GOD IT'S SO GOOD!!!!!!!
In a matriarchal alternate-1900s-Asia, there are the humans (including the witches,) and there are the Arcanics. (Which hopefully I've spelt right.)
They don't like each other very much.
Maika Halfwolf is an Arcanic... and maybe something a little more.
And between the crazy-a*s witch-nuns, the broody isolationist Arcanic upper-classes, the Arcanic slave camps, and the thing that keeps literally coming out of her, Maika is facing just a few challenges...
OH MY GOD THE AWESOMENESS OF THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Ok, let me explain: this is an intricate art-deco inspired fantasy world with TALKING CATS and monsters.
The artwork is beautiful, the characters are complex, the plot is poignant.
And the little fox-girl is the most adorable freaking thing and I want to rescue her and hug her and adopt her as my little fox-daughter...
(Sorry. My fangirl is showing.)
In all seriousness though - this book is incredible. Rich and detailed doesn't even begin to explain it to you.
Just trust me, if you like fantasy and/or graphic novels, then you need to read this book.
The depth of this fantasy world, it's history, it's people, is stunning.
And Maika, as a flawed but undoubtedly butt-kicking protagonist, is incredible. I love her.
Everything is exceptionally intricate - down to the detailing on Maika's prosthetic arm. Honestly, the intricacy is... breath-taking. That's the only way to describe it.
Not so great bits:
This book is all about the violence. And the gore. And children being brutally killed.
So yeah, a heads-up on that one.
Oh and there's swearing, and some brief nudity... which I'm guessing won't bother you if the violence doesn't.
Other than that? Honestly? Can't think of anything bad to say about this book. I'm not kidding. It's THAT good.
This book is... wow. Just wow.
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