Sparrowhawk by Delilah S. Dawson and Matias Basla (Early Review)
I was delightfully surprised with how much I enjoyed Sparrowhawk. Artemisia has had a difficult time (mostly with her stepmother and one of her half sisters) growing up as an illegitimate child. Set in mid-nineteenth century England, Artemisia has spent her time as a lady’s maid for her sister Elizabeth, who has just died. Fortunately the sister she is close with, Caroline, is still alive. Elizabeth was set to marry someone who would help their family’s financial situation, but now that she is dead the stepmother has decided it is Artemisia’s duty to marry for the sake of the family. As she is looking in a mirror and thinking about how she just wants a simple life, the Faerie Queen reaches through to enter Artemisia’s world and pull her into to Faerie. She must quickly decide who can be trusted in Faerie when she starts on the long and gruesome road to get back to her world and the person who means the most to her.
The artwork by Matias Basla is whimsical and the color by Basla and Rebecca Nalty does a great job of making Faerie really feel like a different world. The combination of great art and story have made this my most-enjoyed comic in quite a long time.
Sparrowhawk will be released on August 20, 2019.
I was given a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.