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The Legend of Bold Riley

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  33 reviews
From the Northwest Press website: "Leia Weathington’s sword-and-sorcery epic The Legend of Bold Riley is illustrated by Leia and a host of talented artists.

“Who is Bold Riley?” you might ask. She has hunted the wildest game and dallied with countless beautiful girls, but still longs to know the world beyond the city walls. Princess Rilavashana SanParite, called Bold Riley,
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Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 2012 by Northwest Press
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Lissibith
What a lovely book. I totally just saw it in previews and decided to take the plunge - am I glad I did. It's just fantastic to find such a well-written protagonist who manages to be neither white nor male nor straight.

The whole thing has a very folk stories feel to it, with a focus on an Indian-style setting, and the art varies from chapter to chapter. The tales vary from comedic to touching, with one actually making me cry - not something comics usually manage but something I've been getting fr
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Rachel
Rilavashana takes on a bold journey that was once only relegated to men in epic. A distinctive Indian feel makes this a setting worth investigating. Riley herself may be called bold, but she embodies courage and wisdom more so. She helps others, is forgiving, and is a lover of women. Even with such wonderful material to work with, it falls short. Various artists are used, so there is no consistency from story to story, and although it has the feeling of the journey in epic, it has little purpose ...more
Tony Laplume
It's a little hard to know what to make of Bold Riley. On the one hand, there's a lot of competence behind it creatively. On the other, it seems like Weathington borrowed a lot of Indian folklore to create her stories, and kind of needlessly created a fictional version of India to do it.

So, what's wrong with that? For one, Weathington creates a bunch of difficult-to-pronounce names, or just plain difficult. Which in depicting another culture is fine, but she immediately undercuts that by giving
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Anna
Started off feeling decently folk-tale-y, but tapered off into fairly aimless stories that were somehow just lacking. Some of the art is nice, and it's nice to see a protagonist who happens to be non-white, but she ended up feeling like just a gender-swapped James Bond with very little character development--sometimes clever, but kind of a blow-hard, who will sleep with any woman under sixty as an almost mandatory act, and of course no woman is ever uninterested because, like, *all* girls are to ...more
Ashley D--
I wanted to love this book, but it fell a little flat for me, from Jane Espenson's intro through to the end of the book. I wasn't really sure what the point of the story was and the characters weren't developed enough for me to enjoy them as anything but plot twists or exercises in diversity.

I appreciate having a queer woman of colour as a badass heroine, but I would have enjoyed the story more if it were either more tied to Indian culture or not at all associated with any culture from real life
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Jocilyn
The Legend of Bold Riley is one of the most lovely and and engaging comic anthologies I've ever read. Bold Riley, the princess of noble kingdom, lives for adventure and strikes out from home at an early age to explore her world. Along the way she encounters many fascinating characters and does everything in her power to help those in need. Bold Riley reminds me of an Indian Xena: strong, courageous, wild-hearted and one with the ladies. This anthology includes stories from several comic artists ...more
Tiamatty
This is a fantastic book. Riley herself is a wonderful protagonist - fearless, clever, strong, compassionate. That she's Indian (in appearance, anyway; it's a fantasy setting, so "India" doesn't actually exist) and a lesbian make her even more interesting. The stories are also excellent. They've got strong Eastern influences. Much more than one would expect from someone who doesn't look particularly Eastern. Weathington herself describes it as a mix of Gilgamesh, folklore, Conan and Disney Princ ...more
Shannon
So, I got this book completely on a whim. I was looking through our Previews catalogue at work and just happen to glance at the listing for this; then I did what I always do. I fell in love with the cover art. I know, I know. Bad Shannon! But this time it didn't fail me. Bold Riley is a female fairly tale hero that spends her days defeating monsters, saving innocent villagers, and making all the ladies swoon.

I really like the fact that it's written in a way that reminds you if reading all the st
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Shaun
I can't speak to highly of this series. Weathington manages to spin a tale with Bold Riley that feels like legend. The book is a series of short stories that all feel old. They feel like stories of a time and place long lost. And it just manages to build a powerful narrative where gods, monsters and magic is possible,
Amanda
I can't believe I forgot to add this! It was a great little comic created by a diverse team of artists, including the writer herself. Bold Riley is wonderful because it isn't preachy or fueled by a political agenda. It's just your average fantasy tale with a female protagonist who happens to like women. A truly beautiful book which does what more LGBTQ-centered media needs to -- normalizes stories of queer characters without making the fact that they're queer the major focus. I can't wait to see ...more
Adriane
I picked up the Legend of Bold Riley from the Northwest Press table at APE con in SF. I've been meaning to read it for a while but had never gotten around to it. I was not disappointed, it was a great series of short comic vignettes all by different artists though the writer remained consistent. This added an interesting twist to the narrative as each artist lended different flavor to the story while the author kept the tone and theme consistent.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who e
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Jessica Bingham
Great graphic novel! Riley is an awesome female character. My one complaint, and it is a personal thing, that I wish it was the same artist throughout the novel.
Melissa
The Legend of Bold Riley is a wonderful graphic novel by Leia Weathington and others. It is the story of a young princess going off to find her fortune and rescuing damsels in distress along the way.

I really enjoyed this novel. The graphics were beautiful and I fell in love with Bold Riley just a little bit myself. She is full of spunk and she isn't afraid to take on any challenge that comes her way. On top of that she is also kind and gentle when it behooves her to follow that path also. She w
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J.
A solid series of fairy tale style adventures. Good art, interesting story, but there isn't anything that really stands out.
Allison
!!!!! More! I demand more! I loved every page of this book, and can do little more than incoherently squee over its awesomeness.
Justin Lee
I wanted a little more, but this is a fun adventure. We need more books like this. If there was a second volume, I'd read it.
Ksenia
May 17, 2015 Ksenia added it
Loved this sumptuous read. Great stories and a great heroine. I want more!
Liz
The stories had a really timeless feel to them, and the world was fantastic.
Jessi
An excellent book from an excellent friend.
Lucy
This is one of those comics I've been looking for my whole life! This story takes your typical machismo rogue hero, and makes him female--and awesome. Bold Riley is heroic, mischievous, and a bit of a lady killer.

The different art styles were also nice, giving a different feel to each story. My one complaint is that I'd like to see a longer story arch, even though the one-off adventures are fun in themselves.

I'm looking forward to the next volume!
Delphia
The illustrations are more than enough to capture your attention. The stories of Bold Riley are great, she serves justice with a side of compassion. It is a whimsical type of story with creatures, quests, and love. Wonderful colors and the right amount of dialogue!This was a very lucky win for me on Goodreads!
Catherine
I loved this back when it was a web comic - Bold Riley is a lesbian warrior princess from a fantasy land reminiscent of sixteenth century (or earlier) India who fights demons and rescues other women. What's not to love? Much of the art is gorgeous too. More, more!
Devon
A brilliant story with stunningly beautiful artwork - I don’t even have words enough for how much I enjoyed the tales of Bold Riley. I love this take on a female mytho-heroical character!
Scott Neigh
A rousing, adventurous graphic novel, with a bold, queer woman of colour as the heroine. Aspects of the book may be a bit on the orientalist side, though, I couldn't decide...
Elizabeth
A truly great book that harkens back to classic myths and legends while weaving it's own unique world. Riley is a great character and I cannot wait to read more of her adventures.
Karen Chong
I really like the title character of this book. I also liked the varied stories. The only thing I minded was that I didn't like all the artwork in the book.
Dawn Betts-Green (Dinosaur in the Library)
This is amazing. LGBT badass in which her lesbianness is just a fact of nature. No big deal. Beautiful. Now I need Volume 2. No, seriously, now...
Michelle
Fun ride through the hero standards with a slightly different point of view. Nice variety in the art, solid storytelling.
Doreen
10/6/13 4.5 stars. Review tk.

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