Illustrated by Jo Rioux
This haunting story, based on an old Celtic folktale, is about two sisters of a king and faerie mother. The mother passes away, and the two daughters grieve very differently. When they find their father in a questionable situation with two young ladies, their opposite reactions shape the course of their lives. Dahut, the strong-willed red-head, follows in her mother’s magical footsteps and does what she can to protect the city of Ys from the sea. Rozenn, the kind and gentle brunette, retreats to the country and tries to live among the folk. She, being the heir, does not understand her sister’s life and what the grisly price has been to keep Ys prospering. The last half of the story is full of heart-breaking moments as the two sisters make many sacrifices to keep their people safe. In the end, this story has half a happy ending, but mostly chilling and unsettling.
This story is mystical, chilling, and beautiful. I was completely pulled in and forgot I was reading until the last page when the story abruptly shifted to show how this myth is still alive off the coast of France. The art is beautiful with some slight unnatural human contortions, but overall, was perfect in emulating earlier art styles, and bringing to life a classic myth.
There are sex scenes throughout the story, but no bits are shown, and most of the scene happens off the page.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
This review was made possible with an advanced reader copy from the publisher through Net Galley.
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: August 11, 2020
ISBN: 9781626728783 (Hardcover)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: High School, Graphic Fiction, Fantasy, Folklore, First Second
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