A beautiful graphic novel fantasy romance that follows two young women who have to go on their own separate adventures to discover the truth about themselves and about each other.
Preet is magic.
Valissa is not.
Everyone in their village has magic in their bones, and Preet is the strongest of them all. Without any power of her own, how can Valissa ever be worthy of Preet’s love? When their home is attacked, Valissa has a chance to prove herself, but that means leaving Preet behind. On her own for the first time, Preet breaks the village’s most sacred laws and is rejected from the only home she’s ever known and sent into a new world.
Divided by different paths, insecurities, and distance, will Valissa and Preet be able to find their way back to each other?
A beautiful story of two young women who are so focused on proving they're meant to be together that they end up hurting each other in the process. This gorgeous graphic novel is an LGTBQ+ romance about young love and how it can grow into something strong no matter what obstacles get in the way.
In an inventive feat of mythmaking, Zabarsky's (Witchlight) sophomore graphic novel is set on an island where individuals canshift form and shape elements, and where children are born through seeds left behind by the dead. Valissa, the village's dark brown skinned, brown-haired librarian, and Preet, a powerful Shaper with light brown skin and white hair, share a tender bond. When a strange, harmful mist emerges from the library that houses their people's history, nonmagical Valissa volunteers to descend into the island's depths. Now alone, Preet finds and plants a seed, raising the resultant child alone against the island's strongest traditions. After the child, Lue, is discovered, the two are banished to a strange and unknown world, unable to tell Valissa where they've gone. With limited exposition, Zabarsky's subtle art settles the reader into a dreamlike world populated with imaginative beings. Valissa's and Preet's parallel journeys deftly explore perseverance and finding a balance between tradition and self-discovery. As encapsulated in the echoing refrain "go and come back to us," spoken to departing loved ones, the story assuredly layers exploration and reflection into a sublime and emotionally resonant journey. Ages 12 up.