The Daughters of Ys

M.T. Anderson, Jo Rioux

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced

208 pages | first published 2020

An Atlantis-like city from Celtic legend is the setting of this mythical graphic novel fantasy from National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and artist Jo Rioux.

Ys, city of wealth and wonder, has a history of dark secrets. Queen Malgven used magic to raise the great walls that keep Ys safe from the tumultuous sea. But after the queen's inexplicable death, her daughters drift apart. Rozenn, the heir to the throne, spends her time on the moors communing with wild animals, while Dahut, the youngest, enjoys the splendors of royal life and is eager to take part in palace intrigue.

When Rozenn and Dahut's bond is irrevocably changed, the fate of Ys is sealed, exposing the monsters that lurk in plain view. M. T. Anderson and Jo Rioux reimagine this classic Breton folktale of love, loss, and rebirth, revealing the secrets that lie beneath the surface.

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Moods

dark 91%
adventurous 47%
mysterious 47%
sad 39%
emotional 26%
tense 26%
reflective 13%
informative 4%

Pace

fast 81%
medium 18%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 22%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 63% | No: 21% | Yes: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 77% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 5% | Yes: 5%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 95% | N/A: 4%

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3.84