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Songs For The Dead TPB Vol. 1

(Songs For the Dead #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Bethany is a minstrel with a heart full of adventure, a would-be hero determined to find a missing boy from the town of Llyne, and a friend to all woodland critters. But mostly the dead ones...because Bethany is also a necromancer. She's out to prove her magic isn't evil, and she'll need the help of a hot-headed, sword-swinging mercenary named Elissar—that is, she'll need ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Vault Comics
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Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy and Dungeons & Dragons
Shelves: 2018, edelweiss
What a pleasant surprise. Bethany is a travelling minstrel and a necromancer who just wants to help people. She crosses paths with a surly mercenary named Elissar and start travelling in search of a group of necromancers who just want to live normal lives. I love the dichotomy between the two characters. Bethany is pure goodness while Elissar is a surly drunk with a murky past. Sam Beck's illustrations are great. I love how Bethany is always being followed by dead forest creatures. When will ...more
Kristen Burns
3.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*

This was a fun little graphic novel, and I enjoyed it!

First things first, the artwork was clear, detailed, in full color, and a pleasure to look at.

The characters were cute. The protagonist was a naive, adventurous necromancer/bard who was followed around by strangely cute half-decomposed dead animals and who occasionally brought people back to life-ish. The other main character was a sarcastic,
Paul Decker
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book as an eARC from Vault Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

A necromancer minstrel! Bethany is kindhearted and moral, but she can also bring people back to life and control them. This comic takes a lot of fantasy tropes and flips them. The meet cute in this book is so twisted, I love it. Two women form an adventuring group. The dynamic between each of the characters is so great. Bethany is so moral, but she's surrounded by quite the opposite.

It's nice to see
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why can't the second volume be out already? I loved this! This is the perfect graphic novel for anyone who is a fan of Dungeons and Dragons. It also has some kicck-butt heroines! Gorgeous illustrations too! Loved it!
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: x2019, digital
Vault brings us comics about young female necromancer with attitude (and kind of naive). I was lured by great covers from Tess Fowler, but art by Sam Beck was a little bit of disappointment. It got that enthusiast artist webcomics look, which looks bit cheap and, well, bit amateurish. But it gets the job done. I really enjoyed the story even if it's not any masterpiece. But sometimes it could be a bit annoying for me thanks to the usage of "story movers" which I hate - dumb decisions, obvious ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll tell a tale of a bard and thief, and how they traveled the lands. A drink, a copper, a moment in time to tell the story of this Necromancer's trials

I never wanted to be a bard (not even in RPGs) because I hate putting to song things. But why not try right?

SONGS FOR THE DEAD is a high fantasy comic about the young bard/necromancer Bethany traveling to give necromancers a better name and the thief/adventurer Elissar getting caught up in it.

In general you'll know the fantasy tropes well here
Jay Rox
This was an intertaining story with some likeable characters & some unlikable characters, we have the neive re-animator who is very new to this beeing on the run sword fighting life style & the alcoholic guard who is no stranger to sword play & seem's a bit jaded by life already . The two play well of each other & help balance things out so that you get some light tones mixed with some more darker, grittier moments . the art was fun & expressive with nice bright colors which ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tabor by: Emma
This was a delightful surprise and all of the Dragon Age references are amazing. Bethany is a necromancer, which is not the sort of magic smiled upon in this realm. At the beginning of the graphic novel, she finds herself at a notice board and sees a reward for a missing boy. She ventures into the woods and raises the boy from the dead - this simple act leads her on quite an adventure - as she evades capture and befriends Elissar, who looks exactly like Cassandra Pentaghast... Anyways, a ...more
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
*I received an ARC copy from the publisher on Edelweiss. This does not affect my review.*

I really enjoyed this one! This is why I love reading books that I might not normally find thanks to the book/blogging community I've joined in the past few years. This comic seems to be largely unknown and yet it's one of my favorites of the year! I loved the story and characters, and while I did struggle in a few places, mostly fight scenes, to keep up with the action, I loved reading about all the
This comic series has the promise of a really great premise. Necromance +bard+drunken sell-sword? It sounds great in the description. I had a hard time, however, connecting to the plot and characters. Every bit of dialogue seemed bogged down in exposition. Great promise, but the story structure needs some big work.
Nicole Geub
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this graphic novel down. I picked it up after reading the first issue of Necromancers Map and I had to know more about the characters. I love the art and the quick, simple storytelling. New fan, right here, for sure.
Alan D.D.
Very good idea, great development and an incredible art. The two characters are like tqo faces of the same coin, that's why they work so well together qhile being so different. I cannot help but wait for a volume 2 although this seems to be a single mini series. Hope it is not!
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous artwork. Unique story. Diverse cast. What’s not to love?
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe more of a 3.5. It didn’t capture my attention until the last few pages.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The art style is beautifully done. The story line is interesting and kept me guessing. I really liked Bethany and liked that Elissar was a more prickly character.
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