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In the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day—perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged. Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully—at least they try . In the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day—perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged. Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully—at least they try . . . This is the tale of Nathan, an ordinary human (or so he thinks) living an ordinary life (or so he wishes). Everything changes when he meets Haven, a mysterious creature who is neither human nor volken. Oh, and the two of them are being chased by volken mercenaries—a grumpy wolf named Bardou and a delightful crow named Sina. Nathan soon learns he has mysterious powers, even though humans aren’t supposed to have magic. But there’s no time to dwell on that because this discovery sets the group on a perilous quest across windswept terrain, through haunted forests, and in ancient tombs. Nathan and his unlikely friends must prevent an impending war and defeat a dark evil to save their land. No pressure, of course. If they fail, everything will turn into, well . . . nothing.


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In the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day—perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged. Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully—at least they try . In the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day—perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged. Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully—at least they try . . . This is the tale of Nathan, an ordinary human (or so he thinks) living an ordinary life (or so he wishes). Everything changes when he meets Haven, a mysterious creature who is neither human nor volken. Oh, and the two of them are being chased by volken mercenaries—a grumpy wolf named Bardou and a delightful crow named Sina. Nathan soon learns he has mysterious powers, even though humans aren’t supposed to have magic. But there’s no time to dwell on that because this discovery sets the group on a perilous quest across windswept terrain, through haunted forests, and in ancient tombs. Nathan and his unlikely friends must prevent an impending war and defeat a dark evil to save their land. No pressure, of course. If they fail, everything will turn into, well . . . nothing.

30 review for Fantastic Tales of Nothing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

    I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review OMG, this graphic novel has one of the most beautiful illustrations I've ever come across with!! I fell absolutely in love with them and I took my time reading it to be able to appreciate each image in detail. You can see the work that has been dedicated to this story, from the care of the illustrations to the development of the characters and the world. Super easy and dynamic to read, I think that even be I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review OMG, this graphic novel has one of the most beautiful illustrations I've ever come across with!! I fell absolutely in love with them and I took my time reading it to be able to appreciate each image in detail. You can see the work that has been dedicated to this story, from the care of the illustrations to the development of the characters and the world. Super easy and dynamic to read, I think that even being a Middle-Grade it can be super enjoyable for any age. 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You can find more fo my reviews & other fun content on my blog A Book. A Thought. In this entertaining and adventurous tale, we follow several characters but its protagonist is Nathan, a young human who lives in the land of Nothing, where humans coexist with the Volken, but that seems to be about to change. Nathan soon discovers that he has powers, powers that he's not supposed to have since humans don't have such abilities, and together with a group of magical companions, they must undertake a journey where they'll pass through many obstacles to achieve a common goal: Save the land of Nothing and destroy a dark evil. I don't usually read graphic novels, not because I don't like them, but because I suppose I haven't gotten into the habit of doing it, but it makes me very happy that I decided to read this book. It's a very entertaining adventure journey, it has a lot of magic going on and even though it take place in a land called Nothing, a LOT of things happen all the time. I loved how dynamic it felt to read it, it's a very beautiful experience, and I think that anyone who enjoys magical readings and fantasy plots could easily enjoy it. The way the story is built is beautiful, it's a graphic novel so it's obvious that it's a superb visual experience, but I also think it has the right amount of dialogue and text, especially so that we can adapt to the world and surroundings. On the other hand, it feels a lot like an introductory book, so there will surely be more volumes after this one. That wasn't a problem for me, though, but I do see that the author has focused a lot on introducing the reader to the characters and the world in a direct and brief way so that everything can feel more and more familiar and I liked this focus. I loved how the author has managed the creation of the characters, I liked all of them, some are very magical, but above all, I liked them because they're really different from each other, not only because they're different species, but you can also clearly see the difference between personalities, due to where they come from, their beliefs, experiences, and customs, which I thought was a very nice touch. It's always positive to be able to differentiate each character well by giving them something unique, especially when we follow a group of characters during a journey. Although this graphic novel is focused on a youth/middle-grade audience, it has some scenes of violence that can be shocking, as well as grief, so I wanted to mention that just in case it's something you don't want to read. On the other hand, I would like to mention that it touches on very rich topics, especially with respect to the characters and their identities. There are a couple of subplots that I would love to explore further in the future as well. This is an extremely entertaining read to spend an incredible time full of action, adventure, and lots of magic. It's perfect to read if you usually enjoy high-fantasy and especially if you like the "chosen one" plot and follow multiple characters. I think there are moments that it proves to be a fairly innovative graphic novel, that touches issues of the time in a fresh way. In summary, I highly recommend it, being a quick read there's much that I don't want to say because it could easily be a spoiler, it's also a fun book to experiment with and see by yourself. It's visually beautiful, the illustrations are unique, full of color and life. The characters are very good as well as the world-building, and the main idea of the plot is solid. I think everything is touched in a superficial way, but even so, the illustrations give it a lot of life and depth in their own way. There's a lot of magic, unique creatures, and the group goes through the most beautiful places, as well as other dangerous ones, but just as captivating. I hope you decide to give it a try because I think it's one of those graphic novels that's worth reading. Too much fun!

  2. 5 out of 5

    jocelyn

    absolutely gorgeous illustration. i would love to see this as an animated series. cw/tw: misgendering, fantasy violence, grief

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    The artwork is amazing! Loved all of the scenery and the characters were so colorful. Bardou and Sina are definitely my favorites. Would LOVE to see this as an animated series. Can't wait for the next book. The artwork is amazing! Loved all of the scenery and the characters were so colorful. Bardou and Sina are definitely my favorites. Would LOVE to see this as an animated series. Can't wait for the next book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I think if I was reading this at a different time, I would have understood it better. But I found myself confused a couple times and that diminished my enjoyment, sadly. The art is really cute, though!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

       In the land of Nothing, non-magical humans and magical volken have always danced around peace between their peoples, never quite obtaining it for long. Nathan, a bard who just wants to sing and gamble, soon finds himself caught up in an adventure he never sought, with magic he never wanted, and a role he only ever wanted to sing about: being the “Chosen One.” At least, that’s what Prince Naoki calls him before sending him and his new friends the “ youthful mage” and crow volken Sina, the “bro    In the land of Nothing, non-magical humans and magical volken have always danced around peace between their peoples, never quite obtaining it for long. Nathan, a bard who just wants to sing and gamble, soon finds himself caught up in an adventure he never sought, with magic he never wanted, and a role he only ever wanted to sing about: being the “Chosen One.” At least, that’s what Prince Naoki calls him before sending him and his new friends the “ youthful mage” and crow volken Sina, the “brooding warrior” half-wolf Bardou, and the “tiny rogue” fae Haven on a quest. They must open the sealed tomb of the first emperor, Akio, and maybe, just maybe, learn about the darkness that for so long has made keeping peace impossible ever since the death of Lerina, the child of the stars.    Some things I loved, other than the art style and color palette (the forest scenes reminded me quite a bit of Studio Ghibli’s attention to the colors and beauty of nature, especially once (view spoiler)[we start seeing the spirits of nature (hide spoiler)] ): the puns, the sly references to pop culture and music, Prince Naoki breaking the fourth wall, Nathan’s facial expressions, Sina’s goofy yet wise mentoring style, Haven’s impulsiveness and talkative nature, and Bardou’s haunting past. Not to mention how given the font of the text, for the longest time I thought it was “Bardov” with a “v” not “Bardou” with a “u” – so Nathan’s myriad names for him makes total sense, haha!    The story itself is a lot of fun, not least because of all the above reasons. There are also good messages in it – such as how Sina first informs Nathan that Haven is neither a “he” nor a “she” but a “they”, and gently yet progressively more insistently corrects him whenever he slips up and refers to Haven as “she”. There’s also Bardou’s relationship with his wolf family, and how he deals with the history and bad feelings between them. Again it is Sina who seems to have been a sort of mentor for him to help him learn some good values and the importance of showing empathy and compassion even when one doesn’t feel very forgiving. Each character seems nicely summed up (as mentioned above, in how Prince Naoki refers to each of them), yet it is soon apparent that there is more to each character than initially meets the eye. Between their secrets about their past, their inner demons, their little foibles that make them so very “human”, even the good things they keep hidden about themselves from each other at first, they all give depth to each of the characters. Not to mention how the “bad guys” are given complexity, and it soon becomes apparent that they don’t all fit into the existing stereotypes. That just because a group of people is perceived as “bad” doesn’t mean they all are, or that none of them have any redeeming qualities.    I’m very much looking forward to book 2, that’s for sure!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Nathan is a thief who suddenly finds himself in the woods. He ends up being saved by an individual he calls Haven, who speaks a language he does not. He thinks she might be one of the Volken; his world is divided into Humans and Volken. They manage to defeat robbers and end up joining Sina and Bardou, and head to the Capital. They talk about Lerina, who had brought peace to their world until she died. Nathan has some magical powers, which are forbidden in the Empi E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Nathan is a thief who suddenly finds himself in the woods. He ends up being saved by an individual he calls Haven, who speaks a language he does not. He thinks she might be one of the Volken; his world is divided into Humans and Volken. They manage to defeat robbers and end up joining Sina and Bardou, and head to the Capital. They talk about Lerina, who had brought peace to their world until she died. Nathan has some magical powers, which are forbidden in the Empire. When the group falls in with Ren, the spymaster for the Imperial family and Noaki, the son of the Chancellor of the Volken, they find out that Nathan is the Chosen One, and the group has quest-like adventures in order to save the kingdom. Strengths: The illustrations are great, the story fast paced, and the characters innovative and engaging. There is a lot going on in the story, and so many interesting sub plots. I imagine that this could easily be a series. Wow. Clearly, my fantasy amnesia COMBINED with my trouble reading graphic novels did not end well. Check the official description! Weaknesses: This had a standard, Anglo-Germanic/Tolkienesque medieval feel to it, and I have a lot of those books. I've been so spoiled by the Rick Riordan Presents fantasies with other cultural connections that I was a little disappointed. What I really think: This has a Nimona or Estranged vibe to it, and my students are not big fans of either of those. I will pass, but libraries who have graphic novel fans who also like fantasy will definitely want to invest in this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    A great start to an adventure filled series!! The ordinary, wannabe bard Nathan turns out to be the only human to ever have magic! He becomes friends with some bounty hunters who are shapeshifters. In this world, shapeshifters, or volken, and humans do not get along. But Nathan could be the key to bringing peace to their world called Nothing. This is full of charm and witty jokes and the art feels like an animated Disney movie. This would make a fantastic movie! Highly recommend for middle grade A great start to an adventure filled series!! The ordinary, wannabe bard Nathan turns out to be the only human to ever have magic! He becomes friends with some bounty hunters who are shapeshifters. In this world, shapeshifters, or volken, and humans do not get along. But Nathan could be the key to bringing peace to their world called Nothing. This is full of charm and witty jokes and the art feels like an animated Disney movie. This would make a fantastic movie! Highly recommend for middle graders and up! I’m looking forward to book 2!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    A band of misfits form a reluctant alliance as they try to prevent a looming war and prevent a darkness from spreading through the land. A bit leisurely but I don't think young readers will mind. Beautiful illustrations even though I read this in galley. Eager to see the finished copy. A band of misfits form a reluctant alliance as they try to prevent a looming war and prevent a darkness from spreading through the land. A bit leisurely but I don't think young readers will mind. Beautiful illustrations even though I read this in galley. Eager to see the finished copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kat Foster

    This was super cute! I love the art, story, and puns. That this is told from the POV of an aspiring bard is my favorite. The only reason this isn’t a 5 star read for me is that it was lacking that wow factor. While it was a fun read, there wasn’t anything completely original to it and I felt like a lot of the lore was a bit too summarized. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adri

    CWs: Instances of misgendering, allusions to disownment, some allusions to death, some thematic violence

  11. 4 out of 5

    Liam

    I enjoyed the story. It touched on important topics such as using correct pronouns, death, grief, anger. Every page was pure beauty. I would love to see this animated. I may not be a fan of the character, Nathan, but it didn't take away from the story at all. I enjoyed the story. It touched on important topics such as using correct pronouns, death, grief, anger. Every page was pure beauty. I would love to see this animated. I may not be a fan of the character, Nathan, but it didn't take away from the story at all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Poull

    This book was absolutely amazing! The art is fantastic, the storyline is incredible and, the characters are adorable! I also really like at the end of the book they added first character designs and more information on the characters. This is definitely one of my favorite books I have ever read. I only wish I could get my hands on the second book cause the cliffhanger is illegal!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    5/5 for the artwork- this book is absolutely beautiful. The overall story and dialogue, however, frequently left me very confused about what was going on, and who was saying what. The core group of characters are so loveable, that I will still check out book 2.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlynn

    Fantastic Tales of Nothing is an absolute masterpiece of a graphic novel. On a visual perspective, the art is amazing and the characters incredibly well drawn. I do not usually read graphic novels but this one was not only beautifully laid out, it was also easy to follow. There was a bit of a learning curve in following the speech bubbles, but I soon got the hang of it. On a character level, I just want to say this book has excellent representation of how different cultures respond and react to e Fantastic Tales of Nothing is an absolute masterpiece of a graphic novel. On a visual perspective, the art is amazing and the characters incredibly well drawn. I do not usually read graphic novels but this one was not only beautifully laid out, it was also easy to follow. There was a bit of a learning curve in following the speech bubbles, but I soon got the hang of it. On a character level, I just want to say this book has excellent representation of how different cultures respond and react to each other. I also want to say that the way the authors handle representing different languages is done well enough that I had no issues with understanding what was going on. So if you only understand English, don't worry. I won't spoil the plot for you, but I will say that this book is enjoyable for adults and teenagers alike. There are some scary moments so maybe this isn't the book for young children, but I think middle-school age and up would enjoy it. I didn't want the book to end and am very much looking forward to reading others in the series. Disclaimer- I received a free copy through a giveaway on goodreads and am voluntarily leaving a review of my own volition.

  15. 4 out of 5

    vaderbird

    5 star - Perfect 4 star - i would recommend 3 star - good 2 star - struggled to complete 1 star - could not finish

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    This was an absolute gem of a find at my local library. It hooked me right from the start with the artwork alone. Each page is done in full, bright colors, that bring the story to life. There were so many tiny details to take in that I'm sure I missed little things on each page. Even reading this in ebook formate I could tell how beautiful each page was. For me, I felt it was a wonderful addition to the story to see the forest and the way the magic of this world worked. And, the facial expressio This was an absolute gem of a find at my local library. It hooked me right from the start with the artwork alone. Each page is done in full, bright colors, that bring the story to life. There were so many tiny details to take in that I'm sure I missed little things on each page. Even reading this in ebook formate I could tell how beautiful each page was. For me, I felt it was a wonderful addition to the story to see the forest and the way the magic of this world worked. And, the facial expression they were able to pull off with Nathan was brilliant. It wasn't just the art that was amazing, but the story as well. While I'm not a huge fan of the Chosen One trope, I didn't mind it being used here. The story is set up more about this epic quest to save the world of Nothing, and the fact that Nathan is the Chosen One is sort of just a consequence of that. It's also easy to push aside because the story doesn't take itself too seriously. It's filled with humor and fourth wall breaks. I even started to pick up on the random lyrics hidden with the dialog. It's light-hearted and despite being well over three hundred pages, moves quite quickly. In fact, quite a lot happens in those three hundred pages. As Nathan's quest unfolds, we are also given the backstory of Nothing came to be. I loved the difference in the artwork between the present and the past. It made it easy to keep with the switch in timelines. As well as helped the story to keep moving, a story inside the story as both Nathan and Haven learn about the world around them. Despite the massive amounts of information that gets thrown down within this story, I was able to keep track of everything in mind as I read. Even when I put the book down several times because of real life, it was easy to pick up again. The side quests were another fun part of this story. Because what's an epic quest without side quests? What I liked about the side quests how they tied into each character. It allowed a bit of back story for each character and made it easier to connect with them. Bardou is without a doubt my favorite of the questing party. And, I was glad he got some closure with his past through this first book. I adored this first book and cannot wait for the second!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    The book says if you like Amulet, 5 Worlds and Estranged you will like this. And while I agree yes, there are differences to the series you might want to look at: Amulet is light, like Fantastic, but Fantastic is a tad "meatier." 5 Worlds (the one I read) and this might be closest, but again, Fantastic is meatier. However, Estranged is darker by a smidgen (not that it is EVIL dark, just well meatier). I would also add it is a dark/heavier version of The Dragon Prince and a VERY much younger vers The book says if you like Amulet, 5 Worlds and Estranged you will like this. And while I agree yes, there are differences to the series you might want to look at: Amulet is light, like Fantastic, but Fantastic is a tad "meatier." 5 Worlds (the one I read) and this might be closest, but again, Fantastic is meatier. However, Estranged is darker by a smidgen (not that it is EVIL dark, just well meatier). I would also add it is a dark/heavier version of The Dragon Prince and a VERY much younger version of Adventure Zone (which is teen to adult; and Fantastic is 10 to 14). I would even compare it to Avatar the Last Airbender. This book takes all the familiar of fantasy, magic and buddy/friendship stories and makes it fresh. I have one real complaint as I was not sure if two of the characters were speaking French or Spanish and I know only a few words in both (and mostly those are yes/no and hello/goodbye). I liked most of the characters and even when I didn't like them, I like how the worked the story to the finally result. Fun, brightly colored and "just right" details make this a book for the most fantasy lovers. And even not 100% fantasy lovers could enjoy due to the adventure aspects. Also deals with some ideas of gender and romance. Plus, of course, literally and figuratively finding the truth and your pack because of it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Before I give the rest of the review, I have to get one thing out...The goofy place-name jokes were driving me crazy. A land called "Nothing" and a port called "Goods Port" seemed to have those names just for the word-play they allowed, and that was very distracting. The "Booreal Forest" [no, that's not a typo] was just as bad for a seemingly haunted wood. Other than that, the world-building of the story was excellent, and the writing and art both very good. The main character is a thief, a bard w Before I give the rest of the review, I have to get one thing out...The goofy place-name jokes were driving me crazy. A land called "Nothing" and a port called "Goods Port" seemed to have those names just for the word-play they allowed, and that was very distracting. The "Booreal Forest" [no, that's not a typo] was just as bad for a seemingly haunted wood. Other than that, the world-building of the story was excellent, and the writing and art both very good. The main character is a thief, a bard wannabe, and apparently a mediocre gambler with delusions of grandeur. The non-human characters include a couple of Volken [magical shapeshifters, sort of] and a character who doesn't fit the description of anyone or anything that the others know, at first. There's a prince who can't convince his father of anything, the requisite bad guys, and some other things that have to be seen to be understood. The naming of the "corneycorns" was another failure of nomenclature, since it gives absolutely no clue to what the name refers, once we finally get to see them. This is the first volume of a series, and the story would appeal to readers of things like Amulet or the 5 Worlds series. I just couldn't give it a fifth star with those awful place-name puns and jokes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    First of all, this has maybe the most beautiful art I've ever seen in a graphic novel. It took me longer to read this book because I spent so much time staring at the illustration. Easily my favorite part of this reading experience. Secondly, the story was really interesting. It's mostly a setup for the following volumes, but I'm very intrigued. It's a quest story, very exciting and adventurous. I also grew to like the characters, although the main character Nathan annoyed me to no end at the beg First of all, this has maybe the most beautiful art I've ever seen in a graphic novel. It took me longer to read this book because I spent so much time staring at the illustration. Easily my favorite part of this reading experience. Secondly, the story was really interesting. It's mostly a setup for the following volumes, but I'm very intrigued. It's a quest story, very exciting and adventurous. I also grew to like the characters, although the main character Nathan annoyed me to no end at the beginning of the book. But he's maturing, slowly. But lastly, I need to mention a couple of minor content issues. It's a middle grade graphic novel, so it's clean as far as language and sex goes. However, a form of nature magic plays a large role in the story, and there are some obvious spiritual cautions that go along with that. It didn't bother me enough to stop reading, but this is something to keep in mind for further volumes. There is also a non-binary character, although this character is not human. This book releases in October, and I do recommend it (just read thoughtfully). It's a fun time- with astonishingly beautiful artwork!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I picked this up because, well I take out almost every graphic novel we have in the kid's section at work and this one had interesting looking art. Overall I really enjoyed it and will definitely read on to figure out what happens next. I found it a bit confusing sometimes because there were a lot of text bubbles in frames where the speaker wasn't physically present. I spent way too much time trying to figure out how conversations were progressing; like, is this a continuation of who was speakin I picked this up because, well I take out almost every graphic novel we have in the kid's section at work and this one had interesting looking art. Overall I really enjoyed it and will definitely read on to figure out what happens next. I found it a bit confusing sometimes because there were a lot of text bubbles in frames where the speaker wasn't physically present. I spent way too much time trying to figure out how conversations were progressing; like, is this a continuation of who was speaking in the last frame, or did someone else come in? I also spent a load of time trying to learn "ancient" language, which seemed to be primarily influenced by Spanish (but not completely). I really wish that with two creators of Mexican heritage, there would have been more basis in Mexican culture/Spanish language. There were some hints of it, but they felt out of place and didn't seem to tie in to the world for me (unless I missed something big). I think that this is really more of a 3 for me, but the art was luscious and it gets a star of its own. I really hope subsequent chapters fill in some of the gaps for me because there's a lot of good ingredients here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    2.5, maybe? It took me at least 50 pages before I wanted to keep reading. Human, volken, fae, animal characters, and the settings are all rendered in a Disney-esque style, and character development, at least in what’s identified as Book One, is not a thing. The plot feels random: we stumble around, get attacked, fight amongst ourselves, stumble, get attacked, supposedly on a mission but the mission is never quite clear. “Nothing” is the name of the...country? City? And who’s-on-first style jokes 2.5, maybe? It took me at least 50 pages before I wanted to keep reading. Human, volken, fae, animal characters, and the settings are all rendered in a Disney-esque style, and character development, at least in what’s identified as Book One, is not a thing. The plot feels random: we stumble around, get attacked, fight amongst ourselves, stumble, get attacked, supposedly on a mission but the mission is never quite clear. “Nothing” is the name of the...country? City? And who’s-on-first style jokes abound. A character will say, “We’re in the middle of Nothing!” and others will laugh uproariously. This stretches credibility; you’d think they’d have been over “Nothing” jokes as residents by late childhood. The book looks beautiful on the outside and yes, I’ll probably buy it for my library, partly for that reason and partly because kids are so hungry for new graphic adventures. I think kids will read it, and maybe read sequels, but it won’t “go viral” among our young patrons like Cucumber Quest and Amulet—books with more fleshed-out plots, characters, and world-building.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Rohrer

    I got this for my daughter and thought, "What the hell? I'll give it a read, too". This is a charming, imaginative graphic novel with an interesting cast of characters, fair artwork and solid world-building thus far. While the characters initially fall into some pretty typical character tropes at the start, you get a sense for their individual depth as the story progresses (which I have no doubt will be further expanded upon in the sequel, whenever it is available). Also, I loved the subtle littl I got this for my daughter and thought, "What the hell? I'll give it a read, too". This is a charming, imaginative graphic novel with an interesting cast of characters, fair artwork and solid world-building thus far. While the characters initially fall into some pretty typical character tropes at the start, you get a sense for their individual depth as the story progresses (which I have no doubt will be further expanded upon in the sequel, whenever it is available). Also, I loved the subtle little references to specific songs; a couple for Bohemian Rhapsody alone, which even if a lot of people think it's overrated is still one of my favourite Queen songs. Cute, quirky, and brimming with magic. Recommended to anyone who likes whimsical tales.

  23. 4 out of 5

    H

    An engaging tale that moves quickly full of magic, magickal folk, and bright, colorful pictures. This is book one of the tale that establishes a world called "Nothing" (cue all the silly, bad jokes) inhabited by humans a shape-shifting race called the Volken. It does follow some of the same old tropes of an unsuspecting fellow being pulled into events larger than himself that shape the fabric of their world while meeting new friends and going on epic journeys. One of the authors must have been l An engaging tale that moves quickly full of magic, magickal folk, and bright, colorful pictures. This is book one of the tale that establishes a world called "Nothing" (cue all the silly, bad jokes) inhabited by humans a shape-shifting race called the Volken. It does follow some of the same old tropes of an unsuspecting fellow being pulled into events larger than himself that shape the fabric of their world while meeting new friends and going on epic journeys. One of the authors must have been listening to Bohemian Rhapsody while working one this; there are multiple lines from that song in the dialog.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aleap

    Illustrations are a 5. The story itself wasn't bad, I'd say a 3, but could have been stronger. With that said, I really enjoyed the premise, loved the in-story folklore/mythology, and really enjoyed the normalcy of it being set in Latinx communities/having Latinx characters. No big deal was made of things, no translations were offered. It was just there. I have to wonder if the missing people component of the story is related to the unfortunate violence and disappearance of Mexican citizens at th Illustrations are a 5. The story itself wasn't bad, I'd say a 3, but could have been stronger. With that said, I really enjoyed the premise, loved the in-story folklore/mythology, and really enjoyed the normalcy of it being set in Latinx communities/having Latinx characters. No big deal was made of things, no translations were offered. It was just there. I have to wonder if the missing people component of the story is related to the unfortunate violence and disappearance of Mexican citizens at the hands of gangs. Both creators are Mexican national Latinx, so I wouldn't say it's impossible they are referencing it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dragon Is In Her Book Cave

    I know this is sort of silly, but I so want to give this book an award for its phenomenal title. With a title like that, you know you're in for something special. And while the book failed to meet my expectations given the great title, it was still an engaging, enjoyable read. This is a fun, Latinx comic with exceptional illustrations and enchanting worldbuilding. It did feature quite a few uninspired fantasy tropes, and the plot did feel a bit scattershot at times. I found myself a handful of I know this is sort of silly, but I so want to give this book an award for its phenomenal title. With a title like that, you know you're in for something special. And while the book failed to meet my expectations given the great title, it was still an engaging, enjoyable read. This is a fun, Latinx comic with exceptional illustrations and enchanting worldbuilding. It did feature quite a few uninspired fantasy tropes, and the plot did feel a bit scattershot at times. I found myself a handful of times flipping back pages to reread certain scenes and lines of dialogue. I had a hard time following along in general, but I also never really became disinterested. Adored Haven and Sina. Planning on reading the sequel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tori-Lynn

    With flavors of Amulet and Estranged is a new adventure set in the land of Nothing, where Nathan finds himself thrust into a quest he never saw coming. Humans and Volkens may be on the brink of war, but Nathan and his unlikely group of magical beings have to put aside their differences for the sake of a common goal. Along the way, they narrowly escape some harrowing situations! With full-color illustrations on every page, this story is as stunning as is it humorous and fantastical. Perfect for y With flavors of Amulet and Estranged is a new adventure set in the land of Nothing, where Nathan finds himself thrust into a quest he never saw coming. Humans and Volkens may be on the brink of war, but Nathan and his unlikely group of magical beings have to put aside their differences for the sake of a common goal. Along the way, they narrowly escape some harrowing situations! With full-color illustrations on every page, this story is as stunning as is it humorous and fantastical. Perfect for young readers ages 8-12.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    I found the plot hard to follow (but I have the same problem with manga, so maybe that's just me). To complicate things even more, the speech balloons often don't point to the speaker (and sometimes the speaker isn't even in the same box as the speech balloon) so I sometimes found it hard to figure out who was saying what. But on the plus side, there was some interesting world building (when Iknew what was going on). And the artwork was gorgeous. I found the plot hard to follow (but I have the same problem with manga, so maybe that's just me). To complicate things even more, the speech balloons often don't point to the speaker (and sometimes the speaker isn't even in the same box as the speech balloon) so I sometimes found it hard to figure out who was saying what. But on the plus side, there was some interesting world building (when Iknew what was going on). And the artwork was gorgeous.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amita

    This was a light, fun read and the illustrations were so pretty and colorful! I'm really glad this is the first in a series because I definitely want to spend more time in this Hispanic-culture-influenced, fantasy world (!) and with these characters. Although the pacing isn't always perfect, I really do think the character interactions make up for it. Plus, I'm finding that I just really like graphic novels lmao This was a light, fun read and the illustrations were so pretty and colorful! I'm really glad this is the first in a series because I definitely want to spend more time in this Hispanic-culture-influenced, fantasy world (!) and with these characters. Although the pacing isn't always perfect, I really do think the character interactions make up for it. Plus, I'm finding that I just really like graphic novels lmao

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth P

    I don't know if it was just me, but I had a hard time following along with the plot of this book. I couldn't quite understand the lore of the world or even which people were the "good guys" and which ones were the "bad guys". I give this book two stars for these reasons: the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, Queen references, humor, and a few places of fourth-wall breaking. I don't know if it was just me, but I had a hard time following along with the plot of this book. I couldn't quite understand the lore of the world or even which people were the "good guys" and which ones were the "bad guys". I give this book two stars for these reasons: the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, Queen references, humor, and a few places of fourth-wall breaking.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ale Green

    I'll give it to myself this time since I think didn't miss any scar on either Nathan or Bardou!!! (don't mind me, just proud of ourselves we finished this book in time and at our own expectations). ps- Fanny did all the amazing backgrounds and merged the style beautifully! I'll give it to myself this time since I think didn't miss any scar on either Nathan or Bardou!!! (don't mind me, just proud of ourselves we finished this book in time and at our own expectations). ps- Fanny did all the amazing backgrounds and merged the style beautifully!

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