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Queen of the Sea

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Walker Books US
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Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book for free from Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review.

This is a graphic novel very loosely based on Elizabeth I and her sister, Mary. And by loosely I mean that it more like an alternate history. That being said, I still enjoyed it.


I had an ARC of this so the art was not complete and not in color but from what I got, I really liked the art. I can tell it will look stunning in its finished version. It’s cute in a way that captures the innocence of the ma
Betrayal, sickness, love and war. Queen of the Sea is a historical fiction graphic novel full of amazing illustrations and a gripping, emotional story.

Thank you so much to Walker Books for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Margaret lives a simple life on an island convent. She's the only child on the island, until William comes to live with her, the sisters, the three servants and the animals. But then William's mother dies and he is sent away, and the next person to come to the island is an angry young woman who used to be queen...and Margaret discovers her own secret history.

This is a riveting hybrid graphic novel (there's a lot of text in addition to illustrations) that is an alternate history version of Englan
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Candlewick Press for sending an ARC of this one my way. Queen of the Sea was such a pleasant surprise! Such a creative retelling of history. I loved the setting and the cast of characters. Plus, there’s plenty of political intrigue. So so good, and I really hope there are future books in this series!
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to see the finished version in full-color. And I really hope it has a sequel.
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed the well-thought out storyline and all of the characters. I was frustrated by the ending, because it was left open and there seems to be no sign of a sequel yet, although I sincerely hope there is one!
This book was definitely packed with a lot of information, and sometimes I felt just a little bit of boredom creeping in. But overall I really like the book and am eager for more of the story!
Queen Cronut
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A loose historical reimagination based off of the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary depicted through a graphic novel.

The premise sounded really interesting and it exceeded all of my expectations. Although Queen of the Sea is kind of wordy for a graphic novel, it does a superb job weaving the historical context and folklore with the plot. The art is stunning and I liked that the text/dialogue is woven into the story rather than being two discrete aspects of the book.

Margaret wa
*thank you to Netgalley and Candlewick Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

I really enjoyed this. I didn't think I would as I didn't like the illustrations right at the beginning but they grew on me and actually suited the story. It's a historical retelling of Queen Elisabeth and Queen Mary. I basically had no really knowledge about them so this Graphic Novel was a really good introduction. While it's not all fact, and is only loosely based on the sisters, it's
C. S.
DNF at page 45. This is definitely a me-not-you-thing, and I think if I was able to read a physical copy, I would have been able to finish it.

While the illustrations were visually engaging (the interplay between text and pictures was interesting) and the story seemed sweet, I had a lot of trouble with the font.

I did find the beginning after the prologue to be a bit slow, and my attention wandered a bit during some of the descriptions of life on the island, but if not for the format issues, I w
Shannon ✨
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75 Stars. *I was provided an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review all throughts are my own* This was such a charming graphic novel and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up loving this. It was so unique and I think it would be perfect for people who are wanting to test out historical fiction or for kids. It has a really cute art style that coincides with the story and has really great explanations told through words and the use of pictures which makes it really easy ...more
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Candlewick Press. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. 

It took me like 1/4 of the book to finally figure it out that this was LOOSELY based on Elizabeth and Mary, and not ACTUALLY about Elizabeth and Mary. That was not the book's fault - totally my brain who had become fixated on the premise of them.
Beth Cato
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley.

Queen of the Sea is a graphic novel that is loosely based on the life of Queen Elizabeth I, but set in a setting all its own. Margaret has never known life outside of the isolated island where she lives with a numerous nuns. A ship brings supplies twice a year, and otherwise the only new arrivals are swept in by the sea. The religion-regimented pattern of her life is shaken up by the arrival of another boy her age--and then by the coming of a
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Margaret was left with an island convent when she was a baby, never knowing her true heritage. When the exiled Queen Eleanor is sent to the island, she befriends Margaret and tries to unravel the secret of the girl's unknown parentage. The nuns of the convent have dark secrets, and the rough life on the island holds many dangers.

Margaret is a beautifully complex character. She loves her home on the harsh island, despite the simple life there. She loves the nuns who raised her, and enjoys her wor
Queen Eleanor of Albion is exiled to a small coastal island when her sister seizes the throne from her. The only inhabitants of the islands are nuns of a convent who spend their days peacefully trying to survive. However, the island is home to a mysterious orphan named Margaret. Margaret's life is turned upside down when the new visitor arrives.

As time passes, Eleanor and Margaret grow closer until Margaret finds out about the true purpose of the island and the truth of her own past. When Eleano
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an arc of this book from netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

I loved this!! Even though they stayed on the same island the entire time, it still managed to be interesting, funny, and the art was simply amazing.

My only complaint is that it was really really loosely based on real history, but I didn't see something mentioning it at the front of the book, which would have been nice so that I knew it wasn't like a real thing. It was more like an alternate history. But anyways, I de
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loosely (very, very loosely) based on Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary, Queen of the Sea brings us the utter joy that is Margaret, a young girl who has grown up on an island convent, raised by nuns and surrounded by water. It says a lot about her life that the most thrilling thing that happens to her is when the ship that brings supplies twice a year shows up with first a young boy her own age, a quick and true friend, and later a mysterious lady.

This mysterious lady is Eleanor, an exiled queen
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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this was a lovely story, with many things that appeal to me--a foundling girl, a commnity of women making a living on a lonley island, legends, and history. I can't wait to see it in full color!
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing little book. I really enjoyed it, and cannot wait to read more about Margaret. She is such an amazing little soul
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog

Queen of the Sea is a tome of a graphic novel. It is 400 pages! and the hardback could be used as a weapon... and that could be a positive or a negative depending on how you look at it, but I found this book lovely.

Margaret is an orphan being raised on an island at a convent and it chronicles the beginning of her life and then the events of today when she has to help protect the former Queen. Margaret tells the tale from her point of view and it is a refresh
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A stunningly beautiful graphic story loosely based on the history of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. While it was fun to notice the parallels, it isn't necessary to know the history as Meconis creates her own richly immersive story full of period details, evocative characters and vivid setting. The main protagonist, Margaret, an orphaned child who came to the island surrounded in mystery, is instantly endearing and readers experience the unfolding events along with her.

Meconis' illustration
Nicole Zamudio
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars The artwork was very nice overall and I liked the concept of the story. The introduction was gripping and set up the suspense for what was to come next perfectly. However, this feeling died down afterwards when I started running into the paragraphs of set up. There were times when the graphic novel told/explained details about the story that could have been revealed in the story itself. It seemed to defeat the purpose of a graphic novel since these pages had more text than art on them. ...more
With graphic novels and comics for kids being produced at a rate far more prodigious than ever before, you can get a little inured to the sameness of some of the titles. There are the personal memoirs, mostly about white girls. There are the out-of-this-world space and robot adventures. There are the magic and witch inspired fantasies. And then there are the books that sort of stand apart from the pack. What we don’t see a lot of in a given year is realistic historical fiction. You might see it ...more
Alex (Briennai)
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Margaret has lived on an island with nuns and servants her entire life. The nuns are of the Elysian order, and their job is to pray for the sailors that sail on the waters near their island. They also take in those that need shelter who come to the island, and help those who are washed ashore from a shipwreck. Margaret knows that she couldn’t have been born on the island, but none of the nuns are willing to tell her where she came from. She was also the only kid on the island, at least until Wil ...more
Jade Melody
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this. I was just browsing my library's website in search for books I could borrow and found this. It was a recently published graphic novel and it seemed interesting enough for me to check it out.

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 t
My thanks to Candlewick Press/Walker Books US for a digital edition of Dylan Meconis’ ‘Queen of the Sea’ in exchange for an honest review.

This was a hybrid graphic novel loosely based on the early life of Queen Elizabeth I and her period of exile when her sister Queen Mary came to the throne. It is an alternative history inspired by this period in English history.

It is set on a tiny island off the coast of Albion inhabited only by the nuns of a convent dedicated to St. Elysia. The format of the
First sentence: A queen does not abandon her people.

Premise/plot: Queen of the Sea is a graphic novel loosely inspired by the Tudors. Loosely. The author purposefully did not make it about Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, and Queen Elizabeth I. Though that would have been an intriguing subject for a graphic novel, that isn't this graphic novel.

Queen of the Sea has a young heroine, Margaret, who has lived on an island, Albion, off another island, also Albion. She doesn't know who her father and mother
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summary: I stayed up past my bedtime to read as much of this as I could (about 3/4) because I couldn't put it down, and I would very much love to see a sequel someday.

The publisher was kind enough to send me an Early Reviewer's copy via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This review also appears on LT.


I've been following Dylan Meconis' work for a pretty good while now; not sure how I stumbled across the webcomic form of "Bite Me! A Vampire Farce" but I got myself a physica
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Margaret has spent her entire life on the same island with only a dozen other people. The island holds a convent for nuns of the Elysian order, women who pray to St. Elysia for safe passage over sea and rescue victims of shipwrecks. But circumstances may not be as they seem. Suddenly the ship that brings them supplies has begun to bring people. First William and his mother, until they are taken away, and then a regal woman named Eleanor, accompanied by guards and a cold overseer. As it turns out ...more
This gorgeously portrayed graphic novel depicts what I would refer to as an 'alternate history' loosely based upon the historical figures of Queen Elizabeth I and her sister, Queen Mary. As a history nerd (and a history teacher), I found that it was still enjoyable and refreshing, to see a sort of new 'perspective' on what could have been. I also want to emphasise how much I found the graphics of this book, absolustely beautiful. I don't know how to properly express it with words, and without ac ...more
Tracey S
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to receive this netgalley arc as I really have found a love for graphic novels and wanted to see more. So you can imagine my delight when i realised that not only was it a graphic novel but it was written for middle grade another of my favourite genres to read. It was interesting that the novel was loosely based on british history and being a brit i wanted to learn too as I was never really that good at history. For the first 10 pages it was going well but then I found it harder ...more
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