Review: Sparrowhawk

Title: Sparrowhawk
Author: Delilah S. Dawson, Matias Basla, Rebecca Nalty
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

After a young woman is kidnapped by an evil Faerie Queen and trapped in a far off realm, she must survive teen Victorian fairy fight club in order to get back home.

As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemisia has never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to fight her way back home, amongst evil fairies who want her head, and untrustworthy allies that claim solidarity but have ulterior motives. New York Times bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Star Wars: Phasma) and illustrator Matias Basla (The Claw and Fang) present a gripping dark fantasy tale of a young woman claiming her time and her agency.


This graphic novel combined two of my favourite settings: Victorian England and the world of Faeries.

The main character, Art, is of mixed race. Her mother was a slave in a country that her father colonized. When he brought Art home with him, his wife treated her like a servant and made her be a lady’s maid to one of her daughters. Then one day, Art was pulled into a mirror and entered the world of Faeiries.

I really liked the way Art’s time in the world of Faeries reflected the way her mother’s country was colonized. She was told to kill the evil faeries, so she could gain power and take over. At first, she recognized that there wasn’t a good reason for killing the innocent faeries, but once she gained some power, she quickly forgot. This shows how wrong it was for powerful countries to invade weaker countries.

This was a great graphic novel!

Thank you BOOM! Studios for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Ladycastle by Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods

Have you read Sparrowhawk? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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