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Castle Waiting, Vol. 2 (Castle Waiting Omnibus Collection #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,237 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
Unexpected visitors to the Castle result in the discovery and exploration of secret passageways, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies' underpants, an argument about the "manly arts," and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the other elements in this delightful sequel to the bestselling Castle Waiting Volume One.
Hardcover, Graphic Novel Collection, 375 pages
Published December 6th 2010 by Fantagraphics
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Lee Ann There are some on Amazon for only about $20 now (plus shipping and handling), used. New copies are a few dollars more. Make sure you get the…moreThere are some on Amazon for only about $20 now (plus shipping and handling), used. New copies are a few dollars more. Make sure you get the Definitive Edition! It was originally published sort of unfinished, and then in 2013 or so they released a new edition with a few extra closing chapters.

You might also be able to talk to a librarian at your library and ask if they would consider buying volume 1 and the definitive edition of volume 2! Lots of libraries are willing to add to their collections based on patron requests.(less)

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Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Sprites, ghosts, anthropomorphic animals, and enchanted trunks are all present in this delightful graphic novel about a castle that offers sanctuary to anyone who needs it.

Hammerlings (dwarves) have come to visit the castle. The baby, Pindar, is growing up fast. We still haven't been told the story of who his father was and how he died. We finally learn about Simon's father and how he met Simon's mother. Wars between humans, and the Hammerlings' involvement in said wars are a point of contention
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

This was just as charming as the first volume, and it was great to be back with these incredibly wonderful characters, and meet some new ones.

However, it didn't have quite the surprise or fullness the first book had for me, hence the four stars.

The future of this series seems to be up in the air (maybe because these books are so expensive, at $30US each. Ouch! I may end up buying them because I love them so much, but I'm not eager to fork over that kind of money). I do hope there are more stor
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ohhhh these graphic novels are like cookies. Book cookies. Nom nom nom nom. The kind of book cookie you don't know you're craving until you see it on the shelf. I guess they're like cookies that someone else is making and you don't realize until you smell them baaaaaaaking and all of a sudden you NEED one. And then you get one and it is delicious and you are filled with a sense of peace.


That metaphor worked out better than they usually do.

Anyhow... it's sort of hard to write a review for Cas
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who love fairy tales and who enjoy social narratives with interesting and strong females
Finally the collection! We'll get an in-depth flashback into Jain's child- and girlhood and otherwise the action this time around really centers around the castle and its characters. We get new visitors and more in-depth to a lot of the inhabitants and discover (?) an inhabitant that the others don't believe in ^^. And meanwhile there's the search for the proper place to move mother and new-born son and the actual move and some bowling and some traps in the castle... and and and...

ETA: I do have
Mary Beth
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
I have waited a long time for this continuation of a story and a cast of characters that I love. It did not disappoint, but boy did it leave me high and dry at the end. There is no ending to speak of; it feels as though the story arc just slipped out of the book.

I understand that there was some flak between Medley and the publisher, and I am so distressed to hear that. The woman won an Eisner Award for Best Ongoing Story for the Castle Waiting series. I have no idea what happened at Fantagraphi
Dec 16, 2012 marked it as tbb-at-some-point  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy series
Shelves: manga
I don't care that I own the second collection hardcover AND all the pamphlets, even the three new ones that were missing from the 1st edition of the 2nd volume. Storytelling like this needs to be supported, so I'll be buying this, too.
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was lovely to have another visit to Castle Waiting and its inhabitants. I can't wait for Volume 3! These characters have become very dear, and of course there are many questions to be answered. Unlike Vol 1, there was no story-within-a-story, though there *was* more of a backstory on a couple of the characters. The humor and tender moments continue....this is such a great example of a darling graphic novel, and appropriate for ages 10 to 90.
Scott Robins
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
I waffled between a 2 and a 3 on this volume - fantastic artwork and charming characters but the whole story seems so inconsequential. 371 pages and nothing really happens - I might chock this book up to being 'not for me' but was also really put off by the abrupt ending. Although I have to say that Medley does a much better job in integrating flashback sequences in the main narrative and doesn't let them take over the book as I found in volume 1.
This volume started out a little slow for me, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. These are by no means fast-paced action tales, but instead domestic slice of life (in a fantasy castle) combined with back story of the various characters.

I really disliked the epilogue, though. (view spoiler).
Miz Moffatt
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Full review posted on Across the Litoverse

Once again, Castle Waiting's doors are thrown wide to the loveable outcasts and old friends of Linda Medley's core characters in this unforgettable fairytale realm. As the collection opens, Rackham—the castle steward—takes Jain and baby Pindar on a tour of Castle Waiting's labyrinthine tower so the duo can select their new rooms. Meanwhile, unexpected visitors arrive at the front gates, which leads to the discovery and exploration of secret passageways t
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'd read the first volume of this fairly recently and enjoyed it so much that I couldn't help but rush out to my local library to pick the second volume up. It was worth the effort of locating it, although part of me can't help but feel ever so slightly let down after finishing it. I honestly couldn't tell you what it was that gave me this impression, but I couldn't help but feel that at times Medley just seemed to really want to be done with Castle Waiting.

That aside, the artwork here is, of c
Jean-Paul Bass
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
After I finished Castle Waiting Volume I, I creepily stalked Fantagraphics’ website for news on Volume II. When it was announced Medley was finally returning to the series, I ordered and read each new issue as they were released.

But after issue 10, I decided to wait until they were compiled into a single volume before purchasing any more Castle Waiting. I hate to say it, but Volume II seemed to lag when compared to Volume I. Sure, the artwork is sill excellent, the characters are still charming
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, comics, fantasy
Towards the end of the book there is a scene were Lady Jain is attacked by the house sprites who clamour for her to finish the story she was reading to baby Pindar to help him fall asleep. When she refuses, the sprites turn into an angry mob who threaten to destroy her library. I wonder if this is a reflection of the pressure Medley felt to finish this book. She had had some kind of falling out with the publisher, and an earlier version of Vol. 2 had been published despite being incomplete, and ...more
On a random trip to the bookstore with my friend, Karen, I spied this and knew I had to buy it immediately. I loved the first book, and after reading the second volume, I have decided that the blurbs for this series are all wrong. They praise Castle Waiting for being a fairy-tale about women, women-centered and women-powered. But really, aren't most fairy tales women-centered?

No. What makes this series exceptional is that even with all the wonderful fairy tale trappings -- demons, dwarves, talki
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I wish this volume had continued the whole fairy tale retelling set up the first volume had. This time it was more of the day to day life in the castle and the back stories and interactions between the characters.

That's not to say that was bad because I enjoyed some nuggets of information I learned, and I totally loved how they went searching through the castle and finding the hidden passages and rooms. Who didn't wish their home had secret nooks and crannies when they were a kid? I like the bow
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Although there were things I wish had been different with the first volume (more Jain, less Bearded Nun) I really quite liked it. I was really enjoying this one also, (although again, wishing to see more about Jain) but it seemed to have lost a little something and then it just. Ended. Abrupt, out of nowhere, just done. It was frustrating, because there nothing is answered. I looked online after finishing and saw that there are apparently more parts published online, but I sort of doubt that I w ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
slice-of-life fantasy - a genre there ought to be way more of. it's super pink icing on the cake that this one's a graphic novel. (technically a comic? it blows my mind that something this good was self-published for years.) although i wonder whether we're going to get any more given this mystery. and while i'm on the topic, this shaenon garrity column mentions fantagraphics as a gender equity offender. is there perchance a connection?

Edit October 2014: reread the updated collection (published i
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed in this volume. Curiously, what made the first volume charming and unique (little to no conflict, detailed descriptions of everyday life, interesting backstories) made this volume annoying. I figured that if the series had been going on this long, there should be more of an overarching story rather than random bits and pieces scattered around the book for the reader to puzzle over. You get hints of conflict and mentions of war, but those matters still seem to have lit ...more
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it

I hadn't realized that the second volume of Castle Waiting was available until I discovered a review in one of my many blogs. It was just as enjoyable as the first volume - in fact probably more so. We are given much more background on several of the characters. In addition, we also get to exlpore the large castle, complete with hidden doors and booby traps. This story has such a wonderful mix of quirky characters and is very much a story of making a family out of frie
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I felt like it took forever for this book to come out. I read the first one years ago and I loved it and now that I've read the second one I love it even more. Jain and Pinder are still at the Castle and they are picking out a more permanent place for themselves. In this volume we get a lot of history about Jain and Henry. Two of Henry's family come to visit, from the dwarves that raised him, there are flashbacks for Jain and we get a little bit of how Simon's mother and father met and Dr. Fell' ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Let me warn you that I am very angry! I get the end of this second volume only to discover that there is no end! What!? Apparently this series was cancelled and the ending of the second volume is ridiculously abrupt. There are so many loose ends that were set up for later stories that will now never be told, this is a tragedy! I’m getting super depressed!

The reason this is so upsetting is that I really enjoyed this series. The characters are quirky and funny and lovable. The dialogue is free flo
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2011
This cozy fantasy series is directly aimed at women, middle-aged women who would rather sit around a fire and chat about their past than go off on risky quests. I'm usually quite impatient with such a slow plots, but something about these books draws me in. Maybe it's the quiet thoughtful details in the textures and faces, or the medieval architecture, or maybe it's the flashes of quirky humor in some of the more unique characters. Maybe because I'm actually one of those middle-aged women...

Rebecca Reid
In the second installment of the fantasy comic, we learn far more of the backstory of the people who have sought refuge in the castle: Jain and her mysterious child Pindar, Henry the ironsmith, and Simple Simon, to name a few. It also introduces new characters when some visitors come to the castle. As a part of a continuing series, Castle Waiting Vol. 2 ends without resolutions, and it was a little frustrating to turn the last page. Nevertheless, this volume made me fall in love with the charact ...more
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read Volume 1 three years ago, but cracking open this book, it immediately felt as though I'd never left. I continue to be enraptured by all the characters, old and new, as well as the leisurely, meandering plot--and that's not to say the chapters are not eventful, but they're full of everyday events, the strain of different personalities cohabiting together, domestic disturbances, all the things that makes our own lives rich. I really enjoy watching the fantastical characters meet with the ki ...more
Fantasy Literature
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked up Castle Waiting by Linda Medley at the recommendation of The Book Smugglers who described a charming take on classic fairy tales with a twist. When I checked it out from the library, it felt like a vintage volume of fairy tales with a beautiful full-color illustrated cover, rough cut pages, and a silk ribbon bookmark. However, there is a very modern sensibility to these stories. Castle Waiting is a hardback omnibus collection of the first several issues of Medley's comics about an aba ...more
Dani Shuping
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Castle Waiting is one of those rare series that doesn't come along often, taking common every day fairy tales and turning them on their heads. Linda Medley creates a captivating story and turns 2-D characters into people that you could expect to meet in real life (perhaps not as a talking horse, but still...) In this volume we get to find out about Jain's childhood and start to get an idea for who the father of her child is. We get to meet Henry's family and we learn about Dr. Fell's sad tragic ...more
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Continuation of Castle Waiting, vol. 1, in the same style and with additional characters. Highly recommended. I especially like the depiction of the dwarves, who don't like to be called dwarves (but I can't find the preferred term). There's also more back-story on Jain, plus Henry and the Doctor. Even the goat gets a small story of her own, and we learn why Simon (who is half-giant) finds bowling boring. Great fun. Worth re-reading.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
We get a few more hints about Jain's background and baby Pindar's nature here. I wonder when (if?) a third volume will come along? Apparently there was a new single issue in April 2012. Also, another came out in July, and another is due in September. (You can find them at
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've rarely been so surprised and enthralled by a story. Comparisons to "Bone" are right on the mark, but "Castle Waiting" is so unique and striking in the graphic novel world. It's the kind of fairy story where you don't insert yourself into the hero's shoes, but instead, show up with your husband, your kids and a casserole in tow. It's very Canterbury Tales!
Audrey Maran
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved the second volume of Castle Waiting even more than the first. Be it in books, on television, or a movie, I find myself drawn to stories that have characters with a realistic and interesting rapport. The drawings are lovely on top of the general charm of Castle Waiting. Perfect, relaxing read for those who like a character driven story.
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