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La Isabela (Jakob Kayne, #1)

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"Bien sûr que je vais vous échapper. Je suis en train de le faire, sous vos yeux. Car personne ne peut se souvenir de mon visage. Personne. Sauf mon frère. Lui seul sait qui je suis. Jakob Kayne. Le dernier des Mange-Mémoire."

Avec son frère Samuel, Jakob parcourt le monde des Archipels pour protéger et soigner celles et ceux qui font appel à eux. Inquisiteurs, Omeykhims,
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published January 18th 2019 by Editions Le Lombard
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I did not love this. I often find that graphic novels don't explain enough about what's going on for me, but in this case the opposite was true; some elements of this story were just way too repetitive. I think this could have been shortened from 50+ pages to around 30 without losing a lot of the story.

The concept here is interesting, and I liked the art well enough. But the pacing is just too slow for me. I won't be looking for more in this series.

Thanks to NetGalley and Europe Comics for
Joshua Lester (Lord of Books)
Thank you Europe Comics for allowing me to access an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Nota bene: Upon reading the very first few pages, I really thought that the story is similar with the battle between the Trojans and Greeks in Troy.

I was really amazed by the world building and character development and the illustrations are really good. I love the protagonist, Jakob Kayne and I adore his skills/gifts like of being a memory-eater, which means that people forget
Erika Sarutobi
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first chapter of Jakob Kayne and I think it was an okay read. The artstyle is really good but as for the story, it was mediocre.

The setting for this first chapter is during the time Ottomans tried to take over Constantinople but I'm not sure why the author bothered to change the name of the countries when the events were similar as to how it panned out.

As for the main character, Jakob is a healer and a memory eater. A memory eater has the power to make people forget how they look
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-continue
4,5/5. That was really cool! Way better then what I expected or hoped for. The illustrations are classic and would normally not be my favorite style, but I find that they fit the story perfectly and lite them. The story is also intriguing with solid characters, interesting world and magical element and a good enough intrigue. A series I would like to continue on!
NetGalley ARC.

This was a kind of interesting graphic novel. The artwork was cool, the cover is really neat and detailed. But the story, for how little dialogue there is, is overkill. Too much background talk, mostly Jakob talking to the reader. It was okay, I'd be interested in the next one.
Steff Pasciuti
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Isabela or Jakob Kayne is a graphic novel written by Sylvian Runberg and illustrated by Mateo Guerrero had a fascinating premise, following the quests of two brothers who set out to improve upon the world as a result of their own experiences. With one brother a healer and blind, Jakob himself is a memory-eater, which basically equates to having a face that no one can recall ever seeing once they've looked away from it. The story takes place in the time of war and Jakob sets out to save a ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jakob Kayne is why we need more historical comics. I was impressed, by the sheer visual scale of the artwork that this comic has taken. I love the alternate take of this fantasy Europe and a fantasy resurgent Ottoman Empire. The artwork is fantastic, especially with the depiction of the Ottoman troops, their army, and their navy. It also brings you the horrors of war as well. And I was surprised to see that Jakob was seen as an spy for the Omeykhims.

Torquemada's character needed a bit more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Thanks to Netgalley and Europe Comics for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.

Lately, I am reading often graphic novels and the first thing that came to my mind as soon as I start reading Jakob Kayne was the excellent quality of this comic. The details, the quality of images, the colors, and so on. Even if its a digital edition is extremely good quality! The lights and shadows are melting into each other so well that
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rum bit of hokum, but a good bit of rum hokum. The creators have clearly looked at some history books, found the Islamist Janissaries, and the Spanish Inquisition, and the black plague, and thrown everything together into a piratical siege-based drama. Oh, and they looked at the Knights Hospitaller of Mediterranean renown and decided that they were healer-alchemists, both of them. One's blind, while the other and here's where the fantasy side really comes to play the other is a memory-eater, ...more
My thanks to Europe Comics for an digital edition of the historical fantasy Jakob Kanye: #1 La Isabela via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It is written by Sylvain Runberg with artwork by Mateo Guerrero and translated from the French by Lara Vergnaud.

Jakob Kayne and his brother Samuel are the last of the Hippocrats, Healer-Alchemists sworn to treat those in need. They have powerful enemies that are tracking them relentlessly across the Archipelagos. These enemies include agents of
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The good: absolutely GORGEOUS art and a pretty cool premise. Jakob is one of only two healer alchemists left in the known world. This means he is basically a doctor - except he also has magical gifts. Namely, he is a memory eater, a man who has the power to make everyone he meets instantly forget what he looks like, which is handy when your livelihood depends on stealth. His mission is to save the life of a young woman afflicted with the plague, and get her and her family out of La Isabella, a ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
This is a swashbuckling adventure story with great illustrations and a story that overflows with tension, drama and mystery.

Jakob Kayne is a Hippocrat. He and his brother are gifted healers with mysterious abilities to heal and help people in need when called upon to do so. Jakob is also a memory eater and people cannot recall his face once they have seen him.

Jakob travels to a beseiged town to help a family who have called upon him. There he gets between two warring factions in order to help
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was honored with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
The illustrations are alive with details and the story is so addictive. The whole novel is a new experience.
The descriptions of characters and world-built were enough not too much to bore the reader and not too little to confuse them.
I totally am looking forward to read next volume.
A VERY interesting start to the series: swashbuckling adventure, semi-historical fiction, a killer plague, deceitful Inquisitors vs invading horde, an interesting magic system, and possibly something lurking in the deep dark depths. Fantastic artwork. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next installment.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC.
Alan D.D.
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great ideas on an appealing plot! This first chapter was a bit confusing in the beginning but caught my attention right away. Jakob and his brother are characters I'm eager to follow!
A great start and left me wanting more. What an ending!
Allisa White
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This graphic novel follows a young man who is a memory-eater, someone whose face cannot be recognized the moment someone looks away. His quest is to help a family get out of the middle of a conflict between two destructive forces. The premise and the world are very interesting, but I felt there wasn't a whole lot of build up and foundation for stakes. Some of the exposition was confusing. The romance was lack-luster. The art was nice, though! It is only a first book in a series, so I might pick ...more
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