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Following a tense standoff with her elders, Luvander sets off to find a way to break the chains of her cursed fate. Undeterred by danger, she travels to the frozen northern wastes of the Spine of Winter, to a reclusive monastery whose monks guard a secret entrance to the Dragon Dream, the shared plane of consciousness of all Urden, living or long passed. What she finds the Following a tense standoff with her elders, Luvander sets off to find a way to break the chains of her cursed fate. Undeterred by danger, she travels to the frozen northern wastes of the Spine of Winter, to a reclusive monastery whose monks guard a secret entrance to the Dragon Dream, the shared plane of consciousness of all Urden, living or long passed. What she finds there will set her on a journey beyond where any mortals, and few dragons have tread, to uncover an ancient secret from the darkest corners of history. Continuing the epic journey of the cursed dragon princess and her fellow scoundrels in a world bent on undoing itself.


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Following a tense standoff with her elders, Luvander sets off to find a way to break the chains of her cursed fate. Undeterred by danger, she travels to the frozen northern wastes of the Spine of Winter, to a reclusive monastery whose monks guard a secret entrance to the Dragon Dream, the shared plane of consciousness of all Urden, living or long passed. What she finds the Following a tense standoff with her elders, Luvander sets off to find a way to break the chains of her cursed fate. Undeterred by danger, she travels to the frozen northern wastes of the Spine of Winter, to a reclusive monastery whose monks guard a secret entrance to the Dragon Dream, the shared plane of consciousness of all Urden, living or long passed. What she finds there will set her on a journey beyond where any mortals, and few dragons have tread, to uncover an ancient secret from the darkest corners of history. Continuing the epic journey of the cursed dragon princess and her fellow scoundrels in a world bent on undoing itself.

30 review for Scales & Scoundrels Definitive Edition Book 2: The Festival of Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Thank you to NetGalley, Sebastian Girner, and TKO studios for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. When this began, I was very confused, thinking it would start where volume one left off (which I also received an e-ARC of). When I went back to look at the descriptions, I found both were "samples" of the full editions, even though these "samples" offered nearly 200 pages each. Had I realized that, I would not have requested either book. Edit: That being said, the pub Thank you to NetGalley, Sebastian Girner, and TKO studios for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. When this began, I was very confused, thinking it would start where volume one left off (which I also received an e-ARC of). When I went back to look at the descriptions, I found both were "samples" of the full editions, even though these "samples" offered nearly 200 pages each. Had I realized that, I would not have requested either book. Edit: That being said, the publisher sent a full copy to review, which is great, because now I feel like I have the full grasp of the book. At first I thought this one would be a collection of short stories featuring each character, but really it shows what happens after the first main arc. The dwarf girl (I already forgot her name because the characters aren't very memorable) goes back to her home kingdom to honor her brother. Lu is at some library, and there are dream spiders, and a bit of dragon history, then she ends up with Prince Aki in the desert and there is a more flavorful story arc featuring partly Lu's dragon ancestry and party Aki's ceremony to rule, or lack thereof because someone stole the special relics he needs for the ceremony. Political tensions run high, and even after the culprit is found, more story awaits in the world of Scales and Scoundrels. I like the art and I kind of like Lu and Aki, especially as their friendship develops. The type font can be rather obnoxious to decipher at times as well. A great collection, and I am sure the next compilation will be well worth the wait.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina Clouse

    I received an eARC in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own; thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity. I was so glad I had the opportunity to see more of the characters in this continuation. As in the first collection, the art truly enhances the world and story profession. This edition kicks off with a deeper dive into character backstory (again very similar to how a good D&D role playing session would go). A bit more of the mystery was revealed as the party splits I received an eARC in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own; thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity. I was so glad I had the opportunity to see more of the characters in this continuation. As in the first collection, the art truly enhances the world and story profession. This edition kicks off with a deeper dive into character backstory (again very similar to how a good D&D role playing session would go). A bit more of the mystery was revealed as the party splits and reunites and finds new purpose. I like the way the story plays on the “who is the villain here?” trope. If you liked the first collection do carry on and pick this up - it’s fun and lovely to read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Lee

    This is a spoiler free review. Scales & Scoundrels Book 2: The Festival of Life is even better than the first volume! I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel. The story is very engaging and is the type of book once you start reading, you can’t put it down! Volume 2 is split into serval vignettes. Each vignette feels like an episode from a television show. The first part of the book you follow Dorma as she honors her brother's memory and reunites with her family. Dorma’s part of the story has This is a spoiler free review. Scales & Scoundrels Book 2: The Festival of Life is even better than the first volume! I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel. The story is very engaging and is the type of book once you start reading, you can’t put it down! Volume 2 is split into serval vignettes. Each vignette feels like an episode from a television show. The first part of the book you follow Dorma as she honors her brother's memory and reunites with her family. Dorma’s part of the story has some very touching moments including heartfelt scenes with her grandmother and her parents. Dorma also has an interesting time trying to re-acclimate herself to living at home again before she runs off on another adventure. Dorma acts like a college student coming home for the summer who can’t quite get herself settled back into her old routine. We also see Dorma grow even more and we get to see how strong a leader she can be. The next section of Scales & Scoundrels Book 2: The Festival of Life we follow Luvander as she continues on her journey to break her curse. The story delves more into her past and we get to learn more about who she is and who her parents are. We also get more glimpses into the world of dragons. We even meet a dragon named Dolan who knows Lu and something about her past. Dolan and Luvander are also involved in a spectacular scene with someone from Volume 1… In order to learn more about herself and the curse that plagues her, Luvander goes into a Dragon Dream. Within this dream she learns more about dragons, and who she really is. The dream sequence is by far my favorite part of this book. The dream poses so many questions while giving us nuggets into Luvander’s past. The Dragon Dream reminded me so much of the Odinsleep from Marvel’s Thor comics. The bounty hunter is also still around and we get to learn more about him and why he hates Luvander so much. The bounty hunter has a deep animosity for dragons and we get to see him let out all of his anger. Aki and Koro are also featured in this graphic novel. One of the highlights from their vignette is we get to see Aki's kingdom. Luvander travels there in search of answers and ends up helping Aki with a mystery. Koro and Luvander are still at odds with each other but they try to work together to help Aki. The artwork is gorgeous, with bright and vibrant colors, movement, and beautiful fantasy artwork. The artwork really compliments the story so well. Like the first volume, the colors are really contrasting throughout the story. When the story is focused on Dorma and the Dwarves the artwork is darker and has more somber colors. When the story switches to Luvander the colors are brighter and more fun. When she enters the Dragon Dream, the colors switch again and are now more dream like and serene. The combination of a great story with beautiful artwork really draws you into this graphic novel. I was really drawn to the artwork. I highly recommend reading Scales & Scoundrels Book 2: The Festival of Life. The story is great. The Dragon Dream segment is awesome and I think any fan of fantasy stories and comics will enjoy this scene. Getting to see Dorma and Luvander grow as characters is also another highlight from this book. Stay awesome and keep reading! Scales & Scoundrels Book 2: The Festival of Life Creative Team: Written by Sebastian Girner Art by Galaad Lettering and Design by Jeff Powel

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    Series: Scales & Scoundrels #11-12 Rating: 2 stars - It was ok So apparently this e-ARC (and the previous one) was actually only a sample of the book so going into this book I was very confused as to what happened to the characters. I really wish I had known this wasn’t the full volume before requesting it because it really impacted my enjoyment of the story. This volume starts a few months after the previous book ended and the group has split up and returned to their homes or in Luvander’s case, Series: Scales & Scoundrels #11-12 Rating: 2 stars - It was ok So apparently this e-ARC (and the previous one) was actually only a sample of the book so going into this book I was very confused as to what happened to the characters. I really wish I had known this wasn’t the full volume before requesting it because it really impacted my enjoyment of the story. This volume starts a few months after the previous book ended and the group has split up and returned to their homes or in Luvander’s case, on another adventure. I did like seeing the characters in their own lands and their growth since they were introduced. Because I didn’t get the full story I struggled to understand what the overall adventure was, especially for Luvander. Basically, I would have probably really enjoyed this comic if it had been the full book, but since it wasn’t, I was just confused and disappointed. *ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.* You can also find my reviews at Red-Haired Ash Reads.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pedro Gomes

    This one picks up where the other left off with a wonderful focus on the young dwarf and her return to her village. It’s an intriguing interlude right before we begin the longer story arch- and it does some wonderful world building all the while keeping you intrigued. Once again the art shines- really adding to the mysterious world- small details here and there all add to a great visual treat. Once the story picks up we get to learn more of the Urden and Luvanna ventures to a part of the world t This one picks up where the other left off with a wonderful focus on the young dwarf and her return to her village. It’s an intriguing interlude right before we begin the longer story arch- and it does some wonderful world building all the while keeping you intrigued. Once again the art shines- really adding to the mysterious world- small details here and there all add to a great visual treat. Once the story picks up we get to learn more of the Urden and Luvanna ventures to a part of the world to learn more about curses and dragons. Once she arrives in the desert she comes upon her friend the prince and we enter another well told tale involving politics and tradition done in a way that wasn’t too heavy handed but catches outsider up to speed. The story really moves at an exciting clip at the end and I couldn’t put it down until I was done. I truly hope we get more- this world is so vast and has more to offer. And I’m here for it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    The series picks back up as we check in on how everyone faired after those first two arcs. Dorma returns to her village bringing news of her brother's death, which is my favourite part of the book. Watching her mourn, revealing family drama, and seeing her use her new experience to face the challenges of the life she left behind. Then we cut to Lu trying to discover more about her past, which leads to her reunion with Aki and Koro. The latter part, with the titular Festival of Life, was my least The series picks back up as we check in on how everyone faired after those first two arcs. Dorma returns to her village bringing news of her brother's death, which is my favourite part of the book. Watching her mourn, revealing family drama, and seeing her use her new experience to face the challenges of the life she left behind. Then we cut to Lu trying to discover more about her past, which leads to her reunion with Aki and Koro. The latter part, with the titular Festival of Life, was my least favourite in the series so far. Lu's independent storyline had some great world-building and while the Festival did too it also got bogged down in a lackluster political mystery. Still, Lu's journey is fantastic and Galaad's artwork is beautiful. From the setting to the more fantastical dreamlike sequences, the artwork is the high point.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Vera

    Thank you once again Netgalley and TKO Studios for access to read the preview of book 2. Since I only had access to a preview for the first one, going into book 2 did make me a bit confused ay to what happened with the characters. I was glad however to see Dorma get her own backstory and look into her home, life, and what it means for her to continue on without her brother. After Dorma's story, we get to se a bit of Lu uncover some hidden truths about herself, but also still looking for pieces to Thank you once again Netgalley and TKO Studios for access to read the preview of book 2. Since I only had access to a preview for the first one, going into book 2 did make me a bit confused ay to what happened with the characters. I was glad however to see Dorma get her own backstory and look into her home, life, and what it means for her to continue on without her brother. After Dorma's story, we get to se a bit of Lu uncover some hidden truths about herself, but also still looking for pieces to the puzzle. At one point she is called "princess" which makes me wonder if she is half dragon and half human or something else. Overall a great continuation of the first book, I do think it jumps around too much to stay consistent on one story line which makes reading the series of events a bit confusing. Still enjoyed it none the less.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Misa

    Thank you toNetgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. After reading the first volume of this comic book, I got hooked and went to find all the issues that were not in Book 1 that I got from Netgalley and I could understand when I started this one which end at issue 17, anyway, I just liked it and Lu is an amazing funny character that I loved following the adventures. I will be looking for the next issues. In this book, we will follow our Dragon princess, Lu, in he Thank you toNetgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. After reading the first volume of this comic book, I got hooked and went to find all the issues that were not in Book 1 that I got from Netgalley and I could understand when I started this one which end at issue 17, anyway, I just liked it and Lu is an amazing funny character that I loved following the adventures. I will be looking for the next issues. In this book, we will follow our Dragon princess, Lu, in her quest of trying to find a way to break the curse that her kin put on her. She will meet other characters who will either try to help or stop her from finding a solution. We will see Dorma laying her brother to rest and then with Lu, we will go visit prince Aki in his kingdom of The Wandering City of the Scarlet Sands, there some new adventures and mysteries will be waiting our heroine.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

    Scales and Scoundrels is an all age comic that follows a young adventurer who is on the hunt for gold and glory. In volume 2 you follow Luvander as she searches for a way to break the chains of her fate. This volume instantly drew me in. Some time has passed between volume 1 and volume 2 so our adventurers have split up. As the story continues things start to come together answering a lot of the questions you had in volume 1. It was so much fun to read I can see this becoming a classroom favorit Scales and Scoundrels is an all age comic that follows a young adventurer who is on the hunt for gold and glory. In volume 2 you follow Luvander as she searches for a way to break the chains of her fate. This volume instantly drew me in. Some time has passed between volume 1 and volume 2 so our adventurers have split up. As the story continues things start to come together answering a lot of the questions you had in volume 1. It was so much fun to read I can see this becoming a classroom favorite. Creative Team: Written by Sebastian Girner Art by Galaad Lettering and Design by Jeff Powell

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Things are really starting to pick up. By focusing a little more on the individual characters, we see them grow and develop. They all have hopes and desires to fulfill. It's what made the stakes of each saga so intense. Not to mention the two issue each approach really brings a sense of something building up. That works way better than dragging everything out. Now I'm eager to see where this series left off. Things are really starting to pick up. By focusing a little more on the individual characters, we see them grow and develop. They all have hopes and desires to fulfill. It's what made the stakes of each saga so intense. Not to mention the two issue each approach really brings a sense of something building up. That works way better than dragging everything out. Now I'm eager to see where this series left off.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dame Samara

    I read the first chapter of this book before I stopped because I had to know what was going to happen. The reason I stopped being that due to reading the preview of the first book I was missing the five chapters of knowledge. I needed to know what had happened after chapter 6, which lead us to Dorma returning to her burrow. The above was a beautiful story about grief and expectations overall. I will say it again if you like Dungeons and Dragons or stuff in that vein you will LOVE this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Gibson

    A nicely crafted adventure tale even if it doesn’t break any new ground. The characters are entertaining, the pacing is good, and the artwork is wonderfully vibrant and well drawn. The ARC version I reviewed was a partial copy, which was a shame as the portion I read was very engrossing. A definite recommendation.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Mack

    This book starts Dorma's solo story that shows us more of her family life. This story is amazing and I hope Dorma is included in more future stories. The rest of this book is all new content that reunites Luvander with Prince Aki and Koro and, oh boy, it does not disappoint. I loved every page. This book starts Dorma's solo story that shows us more of her family life. This story is amazing and I hope Dorma is included in more future stories. The rest of this book is all new content that reunites Luvander with Prince Aki and Koro and, oh boy, it does not disappoint. I loved every page.

  14. 5 out of 5

    lic marza

    Thank you Netgalley and the author/publisher for the chance to review! The festival of life starts with Dorma's backstory and continues on with Lu trying to find answers. I really enjoyed this and it kept me hooked! I would recommend to a friend who loves fantasy or comics. Thank you Netgalley and the author/publisher for the chance to review! The festival of life starts with Dorma's backstory and continues on with Lu trying to find answers. I really enjoyed this and it kept me hooked! I would recommend to a friend who loves fantasy or comics.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This was very good. It has intrigue, adventure, dragons, and amazing characters. Could have used a little more Luvander, but I understand this volume was more for building up the other characters. All I can say is I want more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elia

    So, unfortunately for me, I did not read the fine print and did not realize that the digital ARC I had received for volume 1 was incomplete and so when this started I was super lost. Fortunately I was able to pick up the gist of what had happened.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa McGuire

    The illustrations were great and i enjoyed this one more than I did the first one. We got to understand more which is completely normal but this one i read in a sitting.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul Harris

    Excellent series, lovely art, great writing - wish there was more.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kirstyn (readwithkirstyn)

    I found this to be very interesting and enjoyed it a lot! Perfect for kids trying to get into the world of fantasy that will keep them hooked and provides beautiful artwork alongside the story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Book 2 is almost completely new material and builds more of the world and deepens the mysteries. I look forward to Book 3 whenever it gets published.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Mossop

    It’s good, definitely want to keep reading to find out more. I think some of the character art could be more defined but then other parts of the art the environments or dragons are very nice.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Amazing continuation of the story - so much color and life in each panel! Lu is such a fun main character.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    A fantastic sequel to the first volume. The story is great and the art and coloring is amazing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eliani

    This review is solely based on the original "Sample Copy" provided via NetGalley, which includes issues 11 - 17. I did not realize this was a sample copy until the story jumped from the middle of book 1, into book 2. Leaving me confused about what exactly had happened during that time. That said, the story was enjoyable. I was approved for the sample copy of book 1 which left me.. unsure of how I felt about the story and the characters. Knowing I wanted to read more, but not entirely sure I liked This review is solely based on the original "Sample Copy" provided via NetGalley, which includes issues 11 - 17. I did not realize this was a sample copy until the story jumped from the middle of book 1, into book 2. Leaving me confused about what exactly had happened during that time. That said, the story was enjoyable. I was approved for the sample copy of book 1 which left me.. unsure of how I felt about the story and the characters. Knowing I wanted to read more, but not entirely sure I liked what I had read. Book 2, is a completely different story. I enjoyed it A LOT. From the individual stories and character growth, it's a whole different beast with a new experience, which I recommend. This has it all, magic, fighting, peace, mystery, friendship, and maybe, just maybe, dragons! I'm strapped into my seat, ready to see where the story goes. **Thank you to TKO Studios and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ** Edit: Upon posting this review and my feelings on NetGalley only providing a sample, TKO has provided me with a full reader copy. THAT'S SERVICE.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Dorma honors her brother's memory and lays him to rest. She also reunites with her parents and grandmother before going off on another adventure. Luvander continues to seek a cure for her curse. She travels to a remote library for an answer, but is followed by the bounty hunter and his dogs. They attempt to kill her again, but Lu is saved by another dragon. She then goes to Aki's kingdom in search of answers and ends up helping him with a mystery. Koro discovers Lu's secret. #ScalesScoundrelsDef Dorma honors her brother's memory and lays him to rest. She also reunites with her parents and grandmother before going off on another adventure. Luvander continues to seek a cure for her curse. She travels to a remote library for an answer, but is followed by the bounty hunter and his dogs. They attempt to kill her again, but Lu is saved by another dragon. She then goes to Aki's kingdom in search of answers and ends up helping him with a mystery. Koro discovers Lu's secret. #ScalesScoundrelsDefinitiveEditionBook2 #NetGalley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Philip

  28. 4 out of 5

    katnick

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  30. 4 out of 5

    el tyrant

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