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Queen of the Sea

Queen of the Sea

Graphic Novel - 2019
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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. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island's sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor's life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself.--
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Walker Books US, a division of Candlewick Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781536204988
Branch Call Number: Queen of the sea
Characteristics: 393 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm


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"Attractive full-color illustrations and beautiful handwritten text will draw in fans of Lucy Knisley and Raina Telgemeier, while the fascinating alt-history storyline will intrigue history buffs of all ages." (Staff Pick in November 2019)

Historical Graphic Novel. Margaret has always lived on an island, isolated from the rest of the world but surrounded by caring Elysian nuns who took her in when she was abandoned as a baby. As Margaret grows up, visitors to the island lead Margaret to ask questions about the world beyond the isla... Read More »

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ArapahoeLauraRose Feb 04, 2021

I couldn't put this book down! I love historical fiction that, along with an engaging story, teaches me about life in a place and time far removed from my own. Through Margaret's eyes, I learned so much about 16th century life in a convent and beyond. (I especially liked the part about embroidery, and learning about the nuns' lives before they joined the convent.) The illustrations were wonderful, and the story was an emotional roller-coaster. I would love to read a sequel!

Aug 07, 2020

An isolated island convent might not seem like the most interesting place to grow up but you can’t help but be drawn in by Meconis’ beautiful illustrations. The art really helps you feel Margaret’s emotions and understand her medieval world. “Queen of the Sea” is an immersive work with plenty of detail and characters who feel real.

This is a perfect piece of speculative historical fiction and an excellent escape for all ages.

JCLChrisK May 08, 2020

This is excellent. Halfway through I had to check to verify the story is fiction, it felt so true and real. It combines a slice-of-everyday-life in sixteenth-century England setting with a gradually revealed tale of political intrigue. Both aspects were fully engaging. The artwork was especially wonderful, particularly in its effectiveness at making identically dressed nuns distinct. It was a joy to fully immerse myself into this story for a chunk of a day.

Quite possibly the best graphic novel I've ever read. So much depth of character, beautiful art, a captivating story based on history, oodles of world-building and character growth, with all the great highs and lows that make the best stories. At times I question whether it is truly appropriate for a juvenile audience, but the finished product is so good, I can't help but recommend this to anyone who can read. Aspiring young heroines will especially love Queen of the Sea.

Anna_LibraryT Jan 20, 2020

An engaging alternate history inspired by the dangerous period after Henry VIII's death, when his daughters disputed the succession. Young Margaret has lived her whole life on an isolated island run by a convent and loves it there, but her world is disturbed by the arrival of Eleanor, the exiled ex-queen, whose half-sister has taken the throne. Soon secrets, schemes, disturbing revelations and royal paranoia mean the island may no longer be a safe haven for anyone. Though the story is fiction, there is interesting historical trivia scattered throughout (the nuns' dinner-related sign language, the ecclesiastic names and meanings of the hours, etc.). The story builds to a fair bit of suspense by the end and, though the ending wraps up well, there could easily be a sequel to come!

Nov 27, 2019

A new graphic novel loosely based on the story of Queen Elizabeth's struggles with her half-sister Mary. Told from the viewpoint of a young girl (Margaret) who lives on an island where the character representing Elizabeth (Eleanor). I loved all the information on life in a convent in that time period. The explanation for Margaret's living there seemed a bit thin as did the appearance of a man from Eleanor's former court. Will give kids/teens some basic information, but the story itself is a work of fiction.

Jul 13, 2019

This book ended up being okay, I think I would've been a lot more interested in the story line if it had captured my interest more than it did. The plot was okay but it jumped around a lot and honestly made me super confused. The setting, for the most part, made sense but the characters were just jumbles jumping around in my head; So for the entirety of the novel I wasn't sure who everyone was. I really do hope there is more to the story than how it ended because if there isn't a sequel that makes the book even worse.

I did really enjoy the art and the historical aspect of it. That is one of the few things that made this enjoyable. That and the references to chess. I really liked how she was taught the game and then connected/referenced it in other aspects of her life. The art was beautiful and everything was drawn out very well, but like I said, it was the jumping around plot and confusing characters that made me not enjoy this.

If there is a sequel I think I'd read it just to see if this book sets up the other one for something better but who knows.

I'm not really sure if I'd recommend this to someone who is new to graphic novels like myself, because that also might be part of why I didn't enjoy it as much. Maybe if I was more familiar with graphic novels, I might have enjoyed it more.


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