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The Daughters of Ysav M T Anderson241
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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Rioux's graphics stress the magical effects and action elements of the folktale, with a shadowy, subdued palette and abundant, inventive sound effects. [Rioux and Anderson] transport us to a world that seems beyond language itself, a dangerous confluence of nature's forces.--Horn Book Anderson adds compelling depth to the story with just a few details beyond the original tale, and Rioux's lush, dense artwork, full of dynamic figures, swirling lines, dramatic angles, and colors that seem to glow, cultivates a fantastic, magical folk-tale atmosphere.--Booklist, starred review Anderson's story, a reinterpretation of a Breton folktale, is effortlessly page-turning...[the] drawings here aren't just beautiful, with their deep, layered colors and elegant compositions; they're also smart. --NPR Anderson and Rioux have woven a lush folktale filled with magic, lust, and feminine power. Rioux's pencil illustrations are melancholic, with dramatic shadows, glowing moonlight, and swirling seas. ...A haunting rendering of an ancient folktale, packed with magic.--School Library Journal, starred review Anderson's [lyrical] version of the original lore...draws the reader into the eerie mystical world of Ys. Rioux's enchanting classical artwork employs rustic pencils in a romantic style that recalls Emily Carroll, and autumnal colors which harken back to Breton culture. Readers keen on Celtic mythology will appreciate this whimsical tale with a dark turn, with crossover for Anderson's teen fans likely.--Publisher's Weekly Intriguing and accessible, this thought-provoking tale will be new to many.--Kirkus
M. T. Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author whose titles include Feed (a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize) and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (winner of the 2006 National Book Award). He is the author of two previous graphic novels: Yvain: The Knight of the Lion and The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge. Jo Rioux is an author and illustrator of children's books. Her debut graphic novel Cat's Cradle won the 2013 Joe Shuster Award for Comic for Kids. She lives in the lush suburbs of Ottawa where she spends her time drawing, reading, teasing her dog, and spinning tales of magic and monsters.