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Sleepless, Vol. 1

(Sleepless #1-6)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,134 ratings  ·  448 reviews
Lady "Poppy" Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king's reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court, and of their growing feelings for one another.

Collects issues 1-6.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Image Comics
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Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it has been a while since i read a graphic novel that i just fell in love with.
i really hope there are more issues of this soon
court intrigue + assassination plots + tender romance between the king's illegitimate daughter and her bodyguard + adorable pet fox
I love going to a book store or library and seeing staff picks. Very often, there are great stories on display there. I was looking around my library and the past few times in there I say this story by staff at the BCPL. I picked it up. It was a good story.

This is a fantasy story in a Kingdom with magic. A knight can take a vow to protect someone and the knight will no longer be able to sleep. The knight can guard 24 hours a day. I thought that was a very cool plot device.

Our main story follows
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-other
(Read as single issues.)
4.5 stars, happily rounded up.

I think this is one of my favorite new titles, and am bummed that I have to wait until SEPTEMBER for more.

For my money, this title should be getting readership that reaches "Saga" levels.

This is a low-key, charming fantasy tale with a focus on the characters (including a strong female protagonist) and some adept world-building woven in, and is (to my mind) accessible even to the non-fantasy readers out there.

And between this, "Eternal Empire"
David Schaafsma
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-fantasy, gn-women
An historical fantasy graphic comics series, volume one, by the co-creator of Alex + Ada, Sarah Vaughan, illustrated by Leila del Duca. Princess Pyppenia (Poppy)is the “illegitimate” daughter of a recently deceased king, and someone wants to kill her. Her protector is Cyrenic, a member of a “sleepless” order; they don’t sleep, right, they are 24/7 protection. Her uncle, the new king, keeps her from returning to her home, Mribesh, and forces her to hang with his daughter, the next Queen. Poppy ...more
1st read - March 2019
2nd read - May 2019

Poppy is the daughter of the former king and now that her uncle has been crowned her place in court is very precarious. She may be the old king's illegitimate child but in her mother's distant land she is still considered a princess and therefore has a lot of support, something the new king is not very happy about. Forced to stay at the court by her uncle the only person she can truly rely on is her Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, a man pledged to protect her
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it

The art is gorgeous. I really like both Poppy and Cyrenic. The idea of sleepless knights is really cool. With all of that said, I do think this volume needed to be longer - considering there's only going to be two in total - because it just felt like there was a lot that was left unexplored. I wanted a deeper look into the world. I wanted more of Poppy and Cyrenic's relationship history. More nuance to other characters. It's a beautiful graphic novel, and I did really like it, but it just
I was sucked in immediately by this fantasy story about the illegitimate daughter of a former king, Princess Pyppenia (Poppy), and her Sleepless protector knight, Cyrenic. Poppy has assassins after her after her uncle is crowned King. Her uncle prevents her returning to Mribesh, her home, and safety, instead ordering her to spend time with the legitimate princess, his daughter, who will eventually be Queen. Poppy and Cyrenic try to figure out who's attempting to kill her, while Cyrenic is ...more
Slightly slow but intriguing start to a gorgeous new fantasy series. I loved the character work, and the worldbuilding is really well-handled, deft, assured, and free of infodumps. Eager to see where it goes.
Francina Simone
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn it legit left me on that cliffhanger?!?!

So two part review: writing and art.

I thought the writing was phenomenal! The plot and pacing of the story was on point and I was drawn into this world from the very first few pages. It’s highly political yet I never felt like I was drowning in the world building. A+ work!

I’m not a huge fan of the art style, I like more smooth and cute lines and brighter/saturated colors BUT the artistic storytelling was amazing! I love it when the art can tell
˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
stunning, captivating, and romantic. we stan diverse fantasies in this house.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Having really enjoyed Vaughn's Alex + Ada graphic novels, I had high hopes for this new story. Lady Pyppenia (Poppy), the illegitimate daughter of the recently deceased king, finds herself as a pawn in the court of the new king, her uncle. Her bodyguard, handsome Cyrenic, is one of the Sleepless: knights who accept a magical curse allowing them to stay awake twenty-four hours a day, eventually causing physical or mental collapse. Someone is out to kill her, as their feelings for one another ...more
Skye Kilaen
Court intrigue, assassination plots, magical cursed soldiers, gorgeous lush art, tender but possibly doomed romance... this graphic novel is so good! Centered on Lady Pyppenia, known as Poppy, the illegitimate daughter of the recently deceased king, as she finds herself in a precarious political position with the new king, her uncle. Her protector Cyrenic is one of the Sleepless, knights who accept a magical curse that allows them to stay awake twenty-four hours a day, but with a cost of ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so good! The ending was crazy! Like why would you do that, Poppy? I know tensions were high but....I can't wait until the next one! ...more
This book felt intoxicating to read. Creepy-cool dark magic, dangerous courtly intrigue, swoonworthy romance - this story is SO my jam! Add in gorgeous, lush, vibrant artwork and I just felt like I was floating as I read - it thrilled me SO much.

I loved the romance between Lady Poppy (the illegitimate daughter of the last king, who has been left in great danger at court after her father's death) and her sleepless knight, Sir Cyrenic - but I also really loved all the different relationships
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

THIS is the kind of #BlackGirlPrincessMagic everyone needs in their lives right now!!! The artwork alone has me wanting to give this ten stars. I mean LOOK at it! Look at how beautiful this couple is. You can tell from the hero's expression that he's ready to protect her at all costs.

This fed my love of everything magical, political intrigue, diverse world-building and swoon worthy romance all in one.

The Lady Pyppenia (known as Poppy) is the out of wedlock daughter of the
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
This is so gorgeous.

The intrigue.

The politics.

The magic.

The artwork.

The fashion.

Real life image of me sliding up to Vol 2:

Woo hoo this was really fun! I love some good ol' fashioned court intrigue with just a dash of magic thrown in and then to make this extra awesome you've also got just killer illustrations and an gorgeous, multi ethnic cast of intriguing characters and just a tiny morsel of exquisite forbidden romance. Annnnnnddd there's a fox!!!!

The king has died in the kingdom of Harbeny and his brother sits on the throne. With the former king's death Lady "Poppy" Pyppenia, his illegitimate but much loved
Rod Brown
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This fantasy series has a solid and tantalizing start. While a little too heavy on court intrigue, there is enough action and romance to leave me hoping the second volume's release date is not too far away. The artist really helps set the tone and drive the story along dynamically.
Wing Kee
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Great art but a cliche ridden story made for an aight read.

World: The art is fantastic, it’s stylish and the characters are expressive and full of emotion. The link between the script and the art is done incredibly well with a lot of the unspoken words and emotions coming through in the art. However the lack of any splash pages and the action (when there was any) not being very kinetic did make those parts of it weak. The world building is okay, it’s a bit patchy and readers are thrown into the
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m swooning right now, kids. I’m having a hard time expressing myself beyond sighs, and I’m not sure how one spells a sigh. Is it just a bunch of h’s? Like Hhhhhhhhh? That doesn’t look right.
I also don’t know how to spell the sound of falling over (I know you think I covered “falling over” when I swooned, but imagine, if you will, a person swooning, then lying on the floor sighing, then getting back in her chair, and then falling out of it) because now I have to wait before I can read more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful art, great characters, interesting world-building, MEGA SEXUAL TENSION.

-Poppy is wise and beautiful and strong without being a fighter.
-Cyrenic has sort of a tragic Bucky Barnes thing going on, I'm into it, natch.
-Female friendships! Lots and lots of cliche-defying positive female friendships!
-I want a fennec fox for a pet; Poppy, girl, you have the best taste in pets, clothes, and men. I applaud you.
-Please give me volume two.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars--loved it! Love the art, love the simple yet traditional story, love the characters and light fantasy world building. If you like sweet, romantic graphic novels, highly recommended.

(It’s on hoopla and there are two volumes)
4.5 stars.

A promising first volume with gorgeous art, complex political maneuvering, and well-realized characters. I can't wait to read the next chapters in this story.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the strongest facets of this graphic novel is its attention to detail. Expressions are beautifully drawn--Poppy's emotions are so apparent, and though Cyrenic is a stoic character, his looks of reverence, anger, and piercing longing make his panels fascinating. I loved the fact that Cyrenic's sleeplessness has changed him physically to such a degree; the panels that contrast his previous appearance, with his former rich, dark complexion and bright eyes, to his current ashen pallor and ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comcis
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
Me on Friday VS Me on Monday


All romance and picture fans - rejoyce! Pyppenia's and Cyrenic's love story is here!

Not bad, but...

The things that made me sad were that it wasn't anything more to the story than the main story line. Some of the dialogues are kinda long and boring. Excuse me, but I don't think that P. and C. were that in love - there was no conflict of Princess/Knight-forbiden-love glory that I think could have worked prefectly in this scenario. P. wanted to be free, but that didn't
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This promises to be a great series. Lady Popppy is the illegitimate child of the late King, whose brother becomes the new king, making his daughter the heir apparent. Court intrigue ensues, Poppy’s life is in danger, but she is protected by her valiant sleepless night.

This is clearly a setup volume, where the main characters are introduced, but much of the tension is only hinted at. The sleeplessness and healing powers are magical, but we don’t know much of it yet, nor do we know much of Poppy’s
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars!

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Sarah Vaughn is an artist, writer, over-thinker. She's penciled Sparkshooter and is currently working with Jonathan Luna on Alex + Ada for Image Comics.

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