Queen of the Sea

Queen of the Sea

Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary.When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening....

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Title:Queen of the Sea
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Queen of the Sea Reviews

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    Thank you to Candlewick Press for sending an ARC of this one my way. Queen of the Sea was such a pleasant surprise! Such a creative retelling of history. I loved the setting and the cast of characters. Plus, there’s plenty of political intrigue. So so good, and I really hope there are future books in this series!

  • Billie

    I can't wait to see the finished version in full-color. And I really hope it has a sequel.

  • Rachel

    *thank you to Netgalley and Candlewick Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

    4 stars.

    I really enjoyed this. I didn't think I would as I didn't like the illustrations right at the beginning but they grew on me and actually suited the story. It's a historical retelling of Queen Elisabeth and Queen Mary. I basically had no really knowledge about them so this Graphic Novel was a really good introduction. While it's not all fact, and is only loosely based on the sisters, it's

    *thank you to Netgalley and Candlewick Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

    4 stars.

    I really enjoyed this. I didn't think I would as I didn't like the illustrations right at the beginning but they grew on me and actually suited the story. It's a historical retelling of Queen Elisabeth and Queen Mary. I basically had no really knowledge about them so this Graphic Novel was a really good introduction. While it's not all fact, and is only loosely based on the sisters, it's still a great read.

  • Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free from Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review.

    This is a graphic novel very loosely based on Elizabeth I and her sister, Mary. And by loosely I mean that it more like an alternate history. That being said, I still enjoyed it.

    I had an ARC of this so the art was not complete and not in color but from what I got, I really liked the art. I can tell it will look stunning in its finished version. It’s cute in a way that captures the innocence of the ma

    I received an ARC of this book for free from Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review.

    This is a graphic novel very loosely based on Elizabeth I and her sister, Mary. And by loosely I mean that it more like an alternate history. That being said, I still enjoyed it.

    I had an ARC of this so the art was not complete and not in color but from what I got, I really liked the art. I can tell it will look stunning in its finished version. It’s cute in a way that captures the innocence of the main character well. The art was also successful in explaining things, like the history of the island. Those panels were well done and helped the story come to life in an interesting way.

    The overall storyline was good, however, the ending was a bit lackluster. It didn’t truly satisfy me. When it ended, I immediately wanted more. I felt like it was just getting started. I’m hoping this could be the start of a series. There’s a lot more to be explored. This book took place solely on the island, so I would love to see the rest of the kingdom in a future book.

    Overall, this is a wonderful graphic novel perfect for fans of history and the lives of queens.

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Margaret lives a simple life on an island convent. She's the only child on the island, until William comes to live with her, the sisters, the three servants and the animals. But then William's mother dies and he is sent away, and the next person to come to the island is an angry young woman who used to be queen...and Margaret discovers her own secret history.

    This is a riveting hybrid graphic novel (there's a lot of text in addition to illustrations) that is an alternate history version of Englan

    Margaret lives a simple life on an island convent. She's the only child on the island, until William comes to live with her, the sisters, the three servants and the animals. But then William's mother dies and he is sent away, and the next person to come to the island is an angry young woman who used to be queen...and Margaret discovers her own secret history.

    This is a riveting hybrid graphic novel (there's a lot of text in addition to illustrations) that is an alternate history version of England, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I. While it's not a direct retelling, it does pull rather liberally from the history books, particularly with Mary's feud with Elizabeth and her subsequent exile while Mary was queen.

    Margaret was a lively narrator, with a sense of humor that really brought life in a 16th century island convent to life (those illustrations omg), and I loved all of the sisters and the servants, who all lived on the island for various reasons—the sisters because they had been imprisoned noblewomen, and the servants because that is where they worked.

    The sense of history and politics and religion was well-wrapped into everything, along with the ancient peoples who had populated the island before it became a convent-prison. I really enjoyed reading about the lives of noblewomen and the power and fickleness of monarchs, and the bonds of people living in a very isolated community together—and how they all raised one special child.

    This is a lower YA graphic novel that upper MG readers would probably also enjoy (along with adults and those who like reading about English history, the Tudors, and alternate history).

    I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Emily (Obsessed Reader)

    I very much enjoyed the well-thought out storyline and all of the characters. I was frustrated by the ending, because it was left open and there seems to be no sign of a sequel yet, although I sincerely hope there is one!

    This book was definitely packed with a lot of information, and sometimes I felt just a little bit of boredom creeping in. But overall I really like the book and am eager for more of the story!

  • Queen Cronut

    A loose historical reimagination of based off of the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary depicted through a graphic novel.

    The premise sounded really interesting and it exceeded all of my expectations. Although Queen of the Sea is kind of wordy for a graphic novel, it does a superb job weaving the historical context and folklore with the plot. The art is stunning and I liked that the text/dialogue is woven into the story rather than being two discrete aspects of the book.

    Margaret

    A loose historical reimagination of based off of the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary depicted through a graphic novel.

    The premise sounded really interesting and it exceeded all of my expectations. Although Queen of the Sea is kind of wordy for a graphic novel, it does a superb job weaving the historical context and folklore with the plot. The art is stunning and I liked that the text/dialogue is woven into the story rather than being two discrete aspects of the book.

    Margaret was a worthy protagonist- Dylan Meconis did an excellent job balancing Margaret's naivete and childhood innocence whilst also showing the new views on the world around her as she realizes that life isn't simply black and white. Also, Sister Agnes was my favorite side character.

    The only thing I wasn't happy with was the ending- it's so abrupt and way too open-ended. I'm hoping for a sequel/companion graphic novel because I'd like answers and perhaps some closure. 7/10 would recommend especially if you enjoy historical fiction.

    *Thank you to NetGalley and its publishers for providing a free ARC*

  • Tucker

    Betrayal, sickness, love and war. Queen of the Sea is a historical fiction graphic novel full of amazing illustrations and a gripping, emotional story.

  • Shannon ✨

    3.75 Stars. *I was provided an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review all throughts are my own* This was such a charming graphic novel and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up loving this. It was so unique and I think it would be perfect for people who are wanting to test out historical fiction or for kids. It has a really cute art style that coincides with the story and has really great explanations told through words and the use of pictures which makes it really easy

    3.75 Stars. *I was provided an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review all throughts are my own* This was such a charming graphic novel and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up loving this. It was so unique and I think it would be perfect for people who are wanting to test out historical fiction or for kids. It has a really cute art style that coincides with the story and has really great explanations told through words and the use of pictures which makes it really easy to understand. It’s honestly so charming and I felt all the emotions reading this. I really want another book in this world following these characters because I’ve become attached.

  • C. S.

    DNF at page 45. This is definitely a me-not-you-thing, and I think if I was able to read a physical copy, I would have been able to finish it.

    While the illustrations were visually engaging (the interplay between text and pictures was interesting) and the story seemed sweet, I had a lot of trouble with the font.

    I did find the beginning after the prologue to be a bit slow, and my attention wandered a bit during some of the descriptions of life on the island, but if not for the format issues, I w

    DNF at page 45. This is definitely a me-not-you-thing, and I think if I was able to read a physical copy, I would have been able to finish it.

    While the illustrations were visually engaging (the interplay between text and pictures was interesting) and the story seemed sweet, I had a lot of trouble with the font.

    I did find the beginning after the prologue to be a bit slow, and my attention wandered a bit during some of the descriptions of life on the island, but if not for the format issues, I would definitely have been interested in continuing reading.

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