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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  110 reviews
After a young woman is kidnapped by an evil Faerie Queen and trapped in a far off realm, she must survive teen Victorian fairy fight club in order to get back home.

As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemisia has never fit in with her fathers family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by BOOM! Studios
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Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
Artemisia is a mixed race girl living in Victorian England with her wicked step-mother and family. She gets pulled into a very dark version of faerie where she must kill to gain enough power to return home. I dug this macabre version of faerie. I find the best version of faerie are the ones where there's a bunch of ulterior motives and sly trickiness. There's also a lot about learning to accept one's self, faults and all. I loved the character designs but found the art itself to be too sloppy ...more
Erika Sarutobi
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good graphic novel!

Sparrowhawk was a really fun and enjoyable read. The artstyle is really good especially the backgrounds! The story was really interesting despite it being too fast paced at times but the ending was right up my alley! The story is a mix of Alice in wonderland and faeries. The chapter covers by other artists were amazing too.

I loved most characters but sometimes they felt like they had no character depth much because it was really fast paced.

Overall, I would
Schizanthus Nerd
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review to come after a reread.
+Digital ARC gently provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

1851. Artemisia Gray is a mixed raced young woman , servant in her father home, that is forced through the mirror to the faerie lands.

This is sort of Alice in Wonderland , evil bunny included, ... hacking her way throught fairyland.


...but beware of the tricky faeries or you could lose yourself.

There is a kind of message here, the girl wants to be strong and free from the chains of society, but ends up (view spoiler)
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous, lacey and spikey images tell biracial Artemesia Greys story when shes pulled into Faerie by the Unseelie Queen, and has to fight her way back home. Artemesias prickliness and toughness serve her well on her transformative and deadly journey, which I thoroughly enjoyed. ...more
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I had previously read the Ladycastle graphic novel by this author and found it to be cute but pretty lacking in both character development and subtlety, but I think this title shows a lot of growth in her as an author. I think it helped that this was five issues instead of just 4 [I always find 4 issue graphic novels to be so rushed], but the storyline about trying to find your place in the world and whether the ends truly justify the means was
Austine (NovelKnight)
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight!
This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sparrowhawk  was a trip into faerie Wonderland with a Cinderella spin. The cover art intrigued me and the story sucked me into a world where Artemesia (Art), looked down on by her family due to her mixed race and background, finds herself in the faerie world with no memory of the thing she loved most, her
Jill Kenna
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book!

This book has been my favorite book that I've read from NetGalley so far. I wish there was a way for me to properly convey how much I loved this book but I feel like words will fail me.

This book is about Artemisia who is the illegitimate daughter of a Naval captain and a mother she never met. She is living with a step mother that she hates and her step sister whom she loves. While looking a mirror one fine day she gets kidnapped into
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Arc from netgalley, honest review

Fairies | Alternate world | Dark | Graphic novel

Rating: 3 stars

This is a pretty short graphic novel. The story is pretty twisted in the end. For me it is almost like a combination of Alice through the looking glass and stories about Faeries. The art is good, but not entirely to my tastes, but what I'm conducting points for is that the layout/images/text were sometimes in a confusing order. The writing, here and there is was very whimsical and beautiful (as far
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sparrowhawk is a graphic novel which take the main character Artemisia into Faire, there she must kill to be able to go back home.

I really enjoyed this, the art beautiful and the story intriguing! I really liked the questions it rose about how you do evil for something good, and how one can change doing these actions. The end left me gasping, and I was very surprised how the overall dark the whole story was. It was trickery and clever,
Jun 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
That isnt my definition of dark... and when a comic book want to be dark, it shouldnt present illustrations are colorful like they came from a children TV shows. Big failed in every aspects. I dont get all the positive review I read, maybe its just me... ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is really dark so I probably wont read more, it the writing and art are really good mostly. ...more
Wow, this was super disturbing.

...I liked it generally, though?
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting take on a fairy tale but added a lot of violence. The art just wasn't for me.
NetGalley ARC.

I've read one Delilah S. Dawson book and while the concept was interesting, the execution was not my cup of tea. This on the other hand, was right up my alley. Falling into a faerie world? Yes please! I really enjoyed this graphic novel, all of the faerie creatures, our MC Artemisia, and I hope there's more to come! But the font style of the faeries was a little hard to read when you can't zoom in on Adobe Digital Editions.
Steff Pasciuti
Well, the very first thing I have to say about Sparrowhawk by Delilah S. Dawson--illustrated by Matias Basla and Rebecca Nalty--is wow, was that dark. I was really excited to read this rather brilliant-looking graphic novel from the very first moment I saw it, intrigued by what was described as a "teen Victorian fairy fight club" and eager to see what adventures would befall this illegitimate daughter of a naval captain whose never quite fit in with her father's very white, upper class family as ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This is a fantasy graphic novella for those looking for a story where the Fae and their ilk are brutal. Before Disney gave the world Tinkerbell, and made fairy tales less grim, well such tales were quite grim.

This a tale without much in the way of joy or happiness. Artemisia is the illegitimate daughter of a British naval captain, and of course her step mother is far from pleased with her existence. With the pending threat of being married off to improve the family's fortunes, Artemisia ends up
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Sparrowhawk through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Sparrowhawk is a miniseries and the first time that Delilah S. Dawson has written a graphic novel (to my knowledge). As a huge fan of hers, I just knew that I had to read it. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed! Set in Victorian England, this series combines the magic of fairy with elegant storytelling and compelling character arcs.
Artemisia hasnt exactly had what youd call a great life; shes
Dini Kamayana
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmm... I'm not quite sure how to rate this. It's a fast paced, well drawn comic. The artwork is full of bold colors although the style itself is not one that I'm usually drawn to or prefer. That said, I thought it suited the strangeness of this story. I liked the artwork on the chapter/title pages more than I did the artwork throughout the comic, but I loved the contrast of the colorful against the brutal, gruesome and dark faerie world story. The plot itself reminded me of elements of ...more
Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books
Victorian era stuff is my normal go-to, so I was a little unsure about this comic at first, but I really like Delilah S. Dawson so I was hoping she would win me over. Which she did. It starts off a little slow, seeming like a victorian plot about class struggle, but then it gets super interesting when Artemisia is pulled into Faerie and has to deal with the kill or be killed mentality of the UnSeelie Court. If you like mashup
Oct 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Protagonist Artemisia is a biracial circumstance of her fathers sexual exploits while in the navy, so is unacknowledged by him as a daughter but acts as handmaid to her white sisters. One of them is terrible to her, and its shown in unfortunate detail, dialogue, and plot that most of her family sees her as more of a tool than a person. Isnt it so interesting the way Arts hair is so UnRuLy next to the perfectly wavy planes of hair had by her sisters?! Elloell!! Good thing Art is UNWILLINGLY ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mixed race Artemisia, born of a naval captain and a slave, returns to England unwanted by her step-mother. Unwittingly, she gets pulled into a particularly dark Faerie. She gets duped into building up her power by killing others by a conniving little creature, so that she can return to her land and kill the Evil Faerie Queen. Her price is both innocence, compassion, and some very important memories.

This was quite well done, actually. Monsters are not what they appear, and the main character
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I received an eARC of this through NetGalley.

An interesting almost Alice In Wonderland meets The Cruel Prince mash up series.

I felt it lacked a little with regards to character development, I feel that each segment could have been a little longer. They could have gone into more detail, really woven the story better, making you feel a little more for the characters and the world itself.

But overall I enjoyed it.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this! It was a really nice blend of traditional and modern fairytale-esque story, with beautiful artwork and a story that (to me) would not be out of place on a shelf of someone who also loved Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. A little whimsical, a bit dark, and kind of sad, but in a good way.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Great graphic novel of life in Faerie and one woman's quest to get back to her home. The artwork really made this story work, loved the character Art and her attempts to retain her humanity while journeying deeper into Faerie. Would recommend for anyone dealing with a book hangover from Holly Black and her series.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This would have been my bread and butter a few years back, a Victorian Fairyland Alice in Wonderland type story sounds right up my ally, but this? Too simple and trope-ridden, plus the art style didn't really fit the story.
Still an enjoyable story, recommend it to YA readers.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
How gorgeous and dark. Really appreciate how it looks at the idea of an outsider savior and the ease of justifying actions when it leads to what someone wants. All that in a fairy tale setting with plenty of supernatural slaughter? Exactly what I want.
Lydia Timpson
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great graphic novel with fantastic illustrations and a dark story to go with it. I really enjoyed the style of the illustrations and the plot was well thought out. Sparrowhawk had the feel of a real dark fairytale and I loved the tiny details in each panel, especially with each change she went through and her new appearance.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Profoundly bad ass and emotional. Dark fantasy that packs a punch. I had to come back to the final issue the next day, due to how heavy and emotionally rich the content gets. Lovely stuff.
Jamie-Lee Turner
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, graphic-novels
This was a bit bloody good poppet.

(I'm a sucker for Wolpertingers)
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Delilah S. Dawson is the New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma, Black Spire: Galaxy's Edge, and The Perfect Weapon. With Kevin Hearne, she writes the Tales of Pell. As Lila Bowen, she writes the Shadow series, beginning with Wake of Vultures. Her other books include the Blud series, the Hit series, and Servants of the Storm.

She's written comics in the worlds of Marvel Action:

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