Sleepless, Vol. 1 (Sleepless, #1) by Sarah Vaughn

Sleepless, Vol. 1 (Sleepless, #1)

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. Writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) and artist Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR) team up with editor / colorist Alissa Sallah an...

Details Sleepless, Vol. 1 (Sleepless, #1)

TitleSleepless, Vol. 1 (Sleepless, #1)
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Romance, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction

Reviews Sleepless, Vol. 1 (Sleepless, #1)

  • Riley
    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
  • Shadowdenizen
    (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 re...
  • charlotte
  • David Schaafsma
    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 fo...
  • Lata
    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...
  • 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 t...
  • Christina
    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!
  • MadameMelli
    Anfang der Woche habe ich an mehreren Abenden diese Graphic Novel gelesen. Und ich weiß immer noch nicht so recht, was ich davon halten soll. Wenn ich zu einer Entscheidung gekommen bin, gebe ich eine Bewertung ab und schreibe ein paar Sätze dazu.
  • Emily
    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 fallin...
  • mo
    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.
  • Fatima
  • Sesana
    This just hit the spot for me. I loved the setting, the court intrigue, the fantastic elements, the effortless diversity, and especially the gorgeous art.
  • Trin
    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.
  • Wing Kee
    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...
  • Kat
    I can't recommend these comics highly enough - I've followed them since last December. The art looks like something out of an Art Nouveau Tarot deck only more organic and kinetic, and I’m already completely in love with and rooting for the main characters of Poppy and Cyrenic. It’s conceptually intriguing - set in a kingdom seemingly ruled by time and sleep and dreams where a princess can have a bodyguard who never sleeps, and healing deep wo...
  • Megan Lyons
    2 1/2 starsI need to preface this by saying I am quite new to the world of graphic novels, and as of yet, have only read a few. I really enjoyed Saga, and read this after it was recommended by the author of that. I love both romance and political intrigue, so I was pretty excited about it. However, it fell a bit flat for me. It just didn’t have the sophistication or depth I was hoping for. I didn’t get attached enough to the characters to car...
  • Valéria.
    Beautifully drawn political, classic fantasy-romance story. Full of royal court intrigue, interesting diverse characters and good-looking surroundings. The premise is familiar, though unique. A little bit predictable. I can’t wait to read second volume.
  • Summer
    This was a total surprise for me. The art was fantastic especially in the attention to detail on the clothing. The plot was clearly told and engaging. Highly recommend.
  • Sarah
    Oh, this was excellent. The best court intrigue fantasy I've read since the Goblin Emperor. Great characters, great art.
  • Jaclyn
    Sleepless was my kind of graphic novel - great characters, subtle storytelling, and a budding romance. Poppy is the illegitimate daughter of a recently deceased king and her position in the new king's court is fraught with tension. Protecting Poppy is her faithful, sleepless knight, Cyrenic. Cyrenic vowed to protect Poppy with his life and with that became one of the sleepless. The graphic novel introduces the concept of the sleepless and a world...
  • Kristen Burns
    3.5 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*This was a subdued, slow-paced, high fantasy graphic novel about a princess, her knight, and lots of royal court intrigue. Poppy is the illegitimate daughter of the king, but now he's dead, her mother is away, her father's brother has taken the throne, and someone at court is trying to have her killed, but she doesn't know who.There were a lot of t...
  • ashiqin
  • Arika
    Sleepless: Restoring my faith in graphic novels since 2018. Positives:+POC main characters. In a fantasy story. All I can say is ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME. Keep em coming. +Beautiful art with a broody colour palette. The detail in the clothes and designs is a plus too. What a richly drawn volume! + The main characters are REALLY FREAKIN CUTE TOGETHER. Get you a boy who looks at you the way Cyrenic looks at Poppy. *swoon* + A world that is so easy to un...
  • Melissa
    I quite enjoyed this volume, a beautiful and strong heroine of color, a beautiful rendered comic, with an intriguing premise, and some sizzling undercurrent. I want to read more...but sadly this is all Hoopla has at the moment. Drat!
  • Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)
    I'm head over heels in love with this story and this STUNNING art. More, please...? *grabby hands*
  • Tatiana
    Wow. I think I prefer this kind of fantasy where the magic is there but not abundantly so. I really loved this. I hope there's a volume 2 available! This was good! And I adored the art.
  • Ana
    3 starsA very short review for this one. Mostly because I do not know what to say, tbh.Not sure how I feel about this comic.I mostly liked it, but I don't feel too compelled to continue with volume 2, even though there was a cliffhanger at the end of this one. So, take it as you will.Although, I will probably read the second one at some point.
  • Jennifer Brown
    I’m loved EVERY SECND of this. The art, the story—it’s all quite magical. Can’t wait for the next issue! And this is going to singlehandedly get me back into comics.