Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 144 pages
Published on 20th November 2018 by Lion Forge Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
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eARC received from publishers via netgalley
Mila is a quiet, solitary teenager ready to put another boring summer vacation behind her until she meets Agnes, an intriguing adventurous girl who turns out to be a ghost. And not just a regular ghost, but one carrying the essence of a fallen king, and a mouth full of teeth that used to be guardian warriors. She introduces Mila to a wondrous world of secret places and magic that exists deep beneath the ocean, and the occult battle for freedom that approaches…
I was on NetGalley to submit some reviews with the intention to not leave with any new books but there ready to read was Watersnakes with that breathtaking cover!
& I’m thrilled to say the quality of art holds up throughout the whole book too!
The above image is one of the opening pages and this is when I knew the book was for me, it opened up so many questions and is such an interesting illustration.
Watersakes folows Mila and she is ready for her summer vacation to be very boring. But then she meets Agnes and her heart is stolen and Summer are stolen away. Agnes is very bold and creative, the opposite to how Mila is portrayed to us though I feel like deep down she’s probably very similar.
Agnes is also very mysterious; she believes she’s a ghost, that her teeth go on adventures and tell her stories, and theres also something about an Octopus too!
I was so invested as Mila and Agnes story unfolds and friendship blossoms. The two have to work together and trust each other to face a trouble from one of Mila’s stories.
Agnes’ story of how she became ghost-like and what they must achieve to help …free here is really something else! But also something totally believable that you could see a child doing. I really enjoyed how this played out.
There is a lovely fantasy feel and elements throughout all of this book but its here during the final battle that those really escalate! Its very dramatic and is a little gorey at times. The things these two girls face does make me wonder why this isn’t classed as a horror?
I actually enjoyed the art throughout this book so much that I’ve since flipped through it another two times to appreciate different pages. One of my favourites is a depiction of Summer turning to Autumn and I love how its visualised.
I hope this review it coherant enough and you’ll give this graphic novel a try because I am really impressed by it, I must try and catch some Zzz’s now as I’m running on fumes.
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