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Baby Driver: A Story About Myself by Jan Kerouac
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Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
The Missing Ink by Karen E. Olson
Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie
Painting with a Lens by Rod Deutschmann and Robin Deutschmann
Photography of Natural Things by Freeman Patterson
Splat and the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotton
Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
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The Ward by Jordana Frankel
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
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The Nameless City: 07/05/16

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks is the start of a new graphic novel series set in an ancient but vibrant city. Kaidu has come to the city to be with his father and to become a warrior. Rat is a city native, living on the streets with the help from the Named, the monks who somehow manage to keep all the different factions at peace. A subtle detail behind the Nameless City is that it's shaped like the peace sign.

A chance meeting between Kaidu and Rat leads to an unlikely friendship, one based initially on him sneaking food out to her and she teaching him how to navigate the city from the rooftops. The longer they spend together the more obvious it becomes that the thirty years of Dao rule might be coming to an end.

Some panels from Nameless City

This first volume has a lot going on. There's the world building of the city and the numerous cultures that all want it for it's location on the river. There is the character building of Kaidu, Rat, the leader of the Dao, Kaidu's father, and of course, the Named.

A city with an epic history can't be contained in a single volume. The Stone Heart comes out in April 2017.

Five stars

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