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The Daughters of Ys (Hardcover)

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By M. T. Anderson, Jo Rioux (Illustrator)
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Billowing with intrigue, dark secrets, and ancient legend, The Daughters of Ys commands your attention. A glorious folktale of two sisters and the monsters and seas that separate them. The stimulating illustrations could tell the story on its own, but the eloquence of the language and text takes this graphic novel to an entirely different level. Masterful work.

— Lindsay A.

Description


An Atlantis-like city from Celtic legend is the setting of The Daughters of Ys, a mythical graphic novel fantasy from National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and artist Jo Rioux.

Ys, city of wealth and wonder, has a history of dark secrets. Queen Malgven used magic to raise the great walls that keep Ys safe from the tumultuous sea. But after the queen's inexplicable death, her daughters drift apart. Rozenn, the heir to the throne, spends her time on the moors communing with wild animals, while Dahut, the youngest, enjoys the splendors of royal life and is eager to take part in palace intrigue.

When Rozenn and Dahut's bond is irrevocably changed, the fate of Ys is sealed, exposing the monsters that lurk in plain view. M. T. Anderson and Jo Rioux reimagine this classic Breton folktale of love, loss, and rebirth, revealing the secrets that lie beneath the surface.

About the Author


M. T. Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Feed (a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize), The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (winner of the 2006 National Book Award), and Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad (a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book).

He is the author of the graphic novels: Yvain: The Knight of the Lion, with Andrea Offermann, and The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (a National Book Award Finalist), with Eugene Yelchin. He lives in New England.



Jo Rioux is an Ottawa born author and illustrator of children's books. Since graduating Sheridan college in illustration, she has illustrated young adult books, chapter books and picture books, but her biggest passion was and remains comic books. Her debut graphic novel Cat's Cradle went on to win the 2012 Joe Shuster award for best comic for kids. She lives in the lush suburbs of her home town, where she spends her time drawing, reading, teasing her dog and spinning tales of magic and monsters.

Praise For…


"Anderson and Rioux have woven a lush folktale filled with magic, lust, and feminine power. Rioux’s pencil illustrations are melancholic, with dramatic shadows, glowing moonlight, and swirling seas. ...A haunting rendering of an ancient folktale, packed with magic."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Anderson’s [lyrical] version of the original lore...draws the reader into the eerie mystical world of Ys. Rioux’s enchanting classical artwork employs rustic pencils in a romantic style that recalls Emily Carroll, and autumnal colors which harken back to Breton culture. Readers keen on Celtic mythology will appreciate this whimsical tale with a dark turn, with crossover for Anderson’s teen fans likely."—Publisher's Weekly

"Intriguing and accessible, this thought-provoking tale will be new to many."—Kirkus



Product Details
ISBN: 9781626728783
ISBN-10: 162672878X
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 208