- Gabby Womack
Sleepless (Volumes 1&2) by Sarah Vaughn, Leila del Duca, and Alissa Sallah
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Lady "Poppy" Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king's reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court, and of their growing feelings for one another.
Nearly a year later in the court of Harbeny, Lady Poppy and Sir Cyrenic must forge ahead without each other. Cyrenic adjusts to life after being released from the Sleepless Vow. And though Poppy has allies old and new, she buckles under the pressure to marry Lord Helder. The future looks bleak, but both Poppy and Cyrenic are fighters. Either they will claw their way out of the darkness, or take as many enemies with them as they can.
The world building in this graphic novel was really well done. I think that everything from colors to the storytelling and concepts of Time and magic were enough to make me want to read more than just two volumes. The world was imaginative and original with Time being the kingdom's concept of God and magic healing coming from the end of one's lifespan. It was a huge plus to see the main character was a medium-dark skinned woman with natural hair and not have the plot all about black pain or struggle.
I would have liked to have learned more about Poppy's life and her mother's kingdom, as well as the history behind the Sleepless and Cyrenic's life.
It was a bit disappointing to learn that there are only two volumes to this tale. Regardless, I'd recommend this graphic novel to those who may not be familiar/into graphic novels but love fantasy.