QUEEN OF THE SEA, by Dylan Meconis, Walker Books, Candlewick Press


Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary.

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.

400 Pages

Out May, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Holy moley. This graphic book is fantastic! It would appeal to higher middle-grade, younger Young Adult and even adults who love history, especially English history relating to the Tudor era, that focuses on the time of Elizabeth I, and Queen Mary.

I received an uncorrected proof that had unfinished illustrations that had yet to be inked. Even so, the graphics are fantastic. This is my fifth time reading it.

The author/illustrator is a talent to be reckoned with. I’m so surprised that I haven’t heard more about this book especially with a movie recently released about these two queens. There’s intrigue, secrets, a mystery around the Protagonist’s true identity, life in a convent, island living and action and adventure.  You can’t go wrong with this novel. It is not a non fiction book, but does pull snippets from history quite often.

The entire packing and feel of the book is brilliant and truly entertaining. And can we talk about the cover! Oh my giddy aunt! The illustrations are clean and drawn well, they compliment the story and show off amazing artistic talent. I cannot say enough for this book and about the author/illustrator. I want more please!

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