This past week I made my way through the first two books in The Nameless City graphic novel series. They were printed a year apart so I’m not holding my breath for anything coming before April 2018.
Title: The Nameless Ctiy Series: The Nameless City #1 Author: Faith Erin Hicks Date of Publication: April 5, 2016 Publisher: First Second Genre: graphic novel, fantasy, adventure, fiction Pages: 240 Source: library Rating: 4.5/5
The City has many names… and no name.
Built on an ancient mountain pass, the City is forever being invaded by one nation or another, and every new master gives it a new name. But for the natives, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.
Dreamy, sheltered Kaidu is one such outsider. He’s a Dao born and bred–a son of the latest nation to occupy the Nameless City. Cynical, street-smart Rat is a native, and at first she hates Kai for everything he stands for. But Kai’s love of his new home may be the one thing that can unite these two unlikely friends. And they will need to stand together at all costs…
…because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.
I loved this book! The art was beautiful and I found the story to be unique and I was enthralled the entire time. The story follows a city that has been taken over by so many different civilizations that it has no solid name. The natives call it the Nameless City but there is a society there now that seems to perhaps want to change that and work with the natives. Maybe?
Seriously, this is a short graphic novel that I would highly recommend it!! It’s political but not over-your-head type of politics, it reminds me a bit of Avatar actually. 4.5 out of 5 from me!
Title: The Stone Heart Series: The Nameless City #2 Author: Faith Erin Hicks Date of Publication: April 4, 2017 Publisher: First Second Genre: graphic novel, fantasy, adventure, fiction Pages: 240 Source: library Rating: 4.5/5
Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed territory of the City itself.
To complicate things further, Kaidu is fairly certain he’s stumbled on a formula for the lost weapon of the mysterious founders of the City. . . . But sharing it with the Dao military would be a complete betrayal of his friendship with Rat. Can Kai find the right solution before the Dao find themselves at war?
This is a wonderful second installment to The Nameless City graphic novel series. It started right where the first one dropped off and it held my interest the whole way through. The art was just as beautiful and I’m learning more and more about our characters as the story goes along.
This book does an awesome job of bringing politics down to a level that is understandable and not over-your-head with terminology. Instead, it shows how certain types of rulers and certain histories can affect how a person perceives the world and the situation they find themselves in. It also shows that when presented with difficult decisions, people may change what they have said, and they are forced to look back on their pasts and re-evaluate their actions.
I did see there is going to be third installment ad I really can’t wait for it! 4.5 out of 5 beans from me!