I’ve got two short reviews today for a graphic novel and novella that continue some of my fave series. Check them out!
Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 31, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction,Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Pages: 240 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased
In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.
I am so happy that Iko is finally getting her own story and I love that it’s in this new format. The art by Douglas Holgate is great, and while not everyone is depicted the way I pictured them, it all looks cohesive. Story wise I like where things are headed but it took too long to really get into it. I’m glad Meyer is focusing on Iko’s inner workings and how she perceives life and how others perceive her. Hopefully the next one will cover more and give us a satisfying conclusion.
The Prince’s Rogue by Elise Kova
Published by Silver Wing Press on January 22, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 189 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased
The Empire has declared war against its neighbor to the north, the country of Shaldan. Prince Baldair is summoned to lead, but the untested royal harbors secret reservations about his ability to inspire confidence in troops his senior in both age and experience. The memory of his first kills the summer prior still weigh heavy on his shoulders, and he flees to his friend Erion’s home near the Crossroads to wait for the army before marching north.
Raylynn Westind had never held a responsibility in her life. After losing her mother years ago, she wanders from town to town in search of a challenge, honoring the sacred song of the sword her mother taught her. She never backs down from a fight, not when her opponents are the deadly Knights of Jadar, mysteriously insistent upon her death. And certainly not when the opponent is the Empire’s young playboy prince.
Baldair has never met another person as gifted with the sword as he, and is insistent on seeing a golden bracer grace Raylynn’s forearm. But the woman lives a mercenary’s life, and Baldair quickly learns that her loyalty comes at a high price. When he discovers the bounty on her head, the prince must choose between his responsibilities to his father’s Empire, and the woman who has captured his heart as a soldier, and as a man.
Elise has done it again with The Prince’s Rogue. I love being able to delve deeper to characters in the Air Awakens series and experience different perspectives. Thank goodness we got to discover how Baldair and Raylynn met in this second one! The back and forth between these two characters was excellent and their personalities really shone through. I also adore the continued development of this world and how Elise continues the connectivity of her story lines. The Golden Guard keeps growing but I’m totally not ready for the upcoming last installment in these prequels.
So those were a couple of quick reviews on enjoyable reads. Have you dived into either of these series yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!