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The Swords of Glass, Vol. 1 : Yama

(Les épées de verre #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  38 reviews
In a world threatened by the imminent death of its sun, young Yama lives a relatively happy and peaceful life as the daughter of the chief of the village. But everything changes the day a sword of glass falls from the sky, just as the prophecy had announced. Anyone who touches the sword is instantly turned to glass and dies. Orland, the local lord of war, comes to take pos ...more
Kindle Edition, 56 pages
Published April 29th 2015 by Humanoids (first published August 2009)
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Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a fairly short graphic novel, but so far, I'm intrigued by the plot. The characters seem interesting, and I like the main female character, as I definitely think that there's more to her. I really do love the artwork, and it made this a pleasure to read. I am looking forward to the next installament in order to discover the characters fates! ...more
Timothy Urges
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The beginnings of a simple revenge plot are in the making. But the detailed Moebius-reminiscent art style is hard to deny.

Story: 3
Art: 5
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Swords of glass fall from the sky...


...and change everything. Lovely artwork!


It looks as if it‘s done with coloured pencils and watercolour. The forrest animals are incredibly cute. And the landscapes are also really nice to look at...


Coming of age, maybe the end of the world as they know it, revenge and a quest... completely open end, so I will very likely continue with the next volume straight away.

The story is good so far, although not terrible original or mysterious. I think it‘s a pretty sa
♛ Garima ♛
I am very impressed with the storyline and artwork on this one.

Poor Yama has a hard road ahead of her but she is a tough little birdie.

Such an old schools art - where artists stick to panel and format 😊

Already on #2.
Juho Pohjalainen
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
The art of this one gets a lot of praise, but I never could get over with how weirdly realistic the faces look. The story's all right for now - a bit of a slow boil, just setting things up rather than having any arc of its own in this one. I'll see where it goes. ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, comic-books, fantasy
3.5 Stars

I love stumbling across comics from other countries. This is from a French writer and Italian artist. The story is pretty interesting, but I'm wondering if the translation is a bit off. At times it seems like some dialogue is wrong or missing. Regardless, I really enjoyed the art and the origin of Yama and her mentor. I'm looking forward to reading more of the series.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this on the Prime kindle lending library, so thought I'd give it a go.

I absolutely loved the artwork in this, all the creatures were designed brilliantly - this could so easily be turned into a cartoon

I didn't realise this was such a small part of the story, so when it abruptly came to an end I really wanted to carry on reading

In this story something is happening to the sun that will cause much destruction on earth - there's also a revenge plot, taken up by a little girl who's family and
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful artwork, strong characters, simple yet entertaining story.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Conventional fantasy tale of girl seeking revenge with echoes of Miyazaki’s works. Gorgeous art and the animals/creatures are stunningly creative.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this. I love the artwork and the creatures in it but even though the story has good elements I found it a little 2D at times, I am still curious to see how it ends all the same.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
1.5 stars*. i was going to give this just one star but then the ending had me shook so i gave it 1.5
Rebecca Crunden
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
I picked this up at random and I'm so glad I did! The art is fantastic and once the storyline gets going, it's impossible to set aside. ...more
Carey Healy
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found the Swords of Glass Volume 1 to be better than the sum of its parts. I picked up this book without knowing anything about it. I just found the cover art intriguing. I am glad I did pick it up.

The story follows a young girl who is motivated to avenge the embarrassment and death of her father. The plot is very straight forward, but I am a sucker for a good old-fashion coming of age story. There really isn't much here, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The art took some getting use to. It is an
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is volume one of a four part story, all parts being currently available on Kindle Unlimited. It’s a French graphic novel translated into English for the US market. It seems to be a single narrative hacked into four parts as the ending of this episode is a brutal cut without rhyme or reason. This episode is not a structured self contained story by any means.

By far the best aspect of this book is the art, which provides beautiful ligne claire artwork combined with watercolour backdrops. Alth
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Freya LaRouge
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Damn cliffhangers...

Yama decides to train to be the best warrior she can to avenge those closest to her. She makes some strangest friends and together they help each other to fulfill their goals. This had an interesting concept to it and I think it is very unique. Yama is quite the strong female lead character and with the help of her friends she grows more determined. The art was awesome and added great details, and the creatures of the world were very unique. It ended on a cliff hanger so I ca
This was very much the start of the series and it's only about 70 pages so I don't really know whether this series will end up being great or a mashup of fantasy tropes, only time (and the other 3 books in the series) will tell. It's a promising start though. I like the art, the characters are a bit 2D at the moment, we'll see how that develops as the series goes on. ...more
Milton James
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hero's Journey Fantasy With Some Intriguing Twists.

The set-up and narrative are very familiar; the scenario and character interactions are a good deal more interesting, particularly the final 'wham who'd panel, which is going to take the story somewhere very interesting. Bears comparison to the likes of Dune, Aquaman and Tigana as to the direction of travel.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked the artstyle, especially for the surroundings and the setting was really interesting in general. It was very short and I don't really care much about the characters and the story. But since this only has four volumes and they are all on Kindle Unlimited I think I will continue reading this series, I think it is worth it just for the stunning art. ...more
James Rodrigues
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
A story about a young girl's quest to avenge her parents, mixed together with the impending destruction of the world due to climate change. The only thing which can save the world.are four swords made of Glass, all depicted in such gorgeous artwork. An interesting story which is rather short, and I'm definitely interested in further instalments. ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, digital
The colorist did a beautiful job and the art and character designs are solid and visually interesting (with a minor quibble regarding hair designs...), but the writing? Hooboy... it's bad. Clunky. Poorly paced. Utterly derivative. ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting start to a story. Yama is a headstrong young girl and I'm interested to see how she gross in the later volumes... The artwork is devine and you immediately know that you are in a whole new world very impressed! ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, e-book
Beautiful art work, but the story line jumped all over the place and made it confusing.
Brittney Luebbe
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The pacing issues ruined this one for me. I couldn't stay engaged. Love the art, though. ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just amazing

I really love the art in this comics as the co lo rd are so nice and there are so many interesting creatures. Story itself and characters are well done as well.
Nessa Luna [October Tune]
Amazon says this has 200 pages but both the book itself and Goodreads tell me it's only 56 pages... It ends way too abruptly so... yeah... Idk... ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent work.

Realistic alien beasts. Reminds me of moibius? The story is moving a little slowly. Had a real heavy metal feel to it.
Chelsea Ducote
Wow!! F-ing amazing artwork. Love the style. Could stare at these pages all day long.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
short and interesting series starter. Interesting world. My main complaint is the character of the mentor looked disconcertingly like Mel Gibson... threw me out of the story a bit.
Satbo Reads Books
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Very interesting. Very quick read too.
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