The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
After a terrible political coup usurps their noble house. Hawke and Grayson flee to stay alive and assume new identities, Hanna and Grayce. Desperation and chance lead them to the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women who spin the threads of reality to their will.
As the twins learn more about the Communion, and themselves, they begin to hatch a plan to avenge their family and retake their royal home. While Hawke wants to return to his old life, Grayce struggles to keep the threads of their new life from unraveling and realizes she wants to stay in the one place that will allow her to finally live as a girl. - by author
This graphic novel is vibrant, has diverse characters, and a wonderfully creative world. It was very easy to slip into the story and feel emotionally connected to the plight of our protagonists. As Hanna and Grayce learn the ways of the Communion, so do we. Despite the fact that the Communion of Blue seems to buy into a gender binary, I'm glad that this book does not stick to that and the arc does not center around that kind of conflict.
Another great addition to this book is the map of the Communion of Blue in the back of the book. As a librarian, I found the Communion's library to be fascinating!
I'd love to watch a show or film inspired by this graphic novel. I highly recommend this book to everyone!