5bat! Review: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening (Monstress #1) by Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda

November 18, 2016 Review 0

5bat! Review: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening (Monstress #1) by Marjorie M. Liu, Sana TakedaMonstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu
Series: Monstress #1
Published by Image Comics on July 19, 2016
Genres: Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Steampunk
Format: Paperback
Pages: 202
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Threats of rape
Reviewed by: Julia
5 Stars

Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror, Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivor of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics. In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind...and all the while, the monster within begins to awaken...

MONSTRESS is a dark, dark breed of fantasy, where the magic and monsters in the world are more likely to prey upon children's bones than protect them. Wade into the horror and cruelty, plunge into this war, and even the hope hidden within carries betrayal and sadness.

This series opens a direct vein into the horror underlying mythology and fairy tales. Magic is no guarantee of safety or protection, but more likely makes you a target for people intent on harvesting your body parts. And while this is a world of women, turning the usual female to male ratio on its head, gender doesn't soften the cruelty of guards or the zealotry of cults. Children are drawn as fluffy, big-eyed sprites, making it all the more painful when they are dehumanized and abused.

This is fantasy with blood dripping from its claws, horror pumping through its veins.  Dangerous and beautiful, even the magic that could save this world seems too terrible to be borne. MONSTRESS may never feel comfortable, but it is definitely unforgettable.

Series Titles:
  • Volume 1: Awakening
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