Sleepless, Vol. 1 by Sarah Vaughn

Sleepless, Vol. 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

TitleSleepless, Vol. 1
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Sleepless, Vol. 1

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ashiqin
  • Petra
    Wonderful art and interesting story. That cliffhanger at the end made me so angry and I can't wait till September
  • Y
    Yeah, okay, this comic is perfect. I am absolutely not a medieval fantasy person (or so I keep telling myself) but this had me hooked from the get-go-- lush worldbuilding, gorgeous characters, actual casual diversity... and none of that is even getting started on the fantastic art. I genuinely cannot think of any critiques at all; if you like fantasy, character-centric works, and slow burn, read this now.(+ seconding the comment about readership-...
  • Natasja
    Renaissance fantasy. Interesting world-building. Great and diverse characters (representation matters - and I look forward to learning more about them). Complicated court-politics. Magic. Danger. Love. This is fun! And that ending? How dare you?! Can't wait to read so much more!September can't come soon enough.
  • 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...
  • Imogene
    I am LOVING this. Magic, mystery, murder, a poc princess protagonist, a magical knight, forbidden romance, a possible true friendship between two women marginalised by their status and court politicking, and why, oh, why do I have to wait until SEPTEMBER for another issue. Sad face
  • Jamie Connolly
    I thought for sure this book would be for adolescent girls. Well maybe it was. But I’m a guy and I still thought it was excellent. Well done all around. 4 stars. I hope this book sticks around for a while! This is exactly the kind of book that doesn’t ever get its due and ends up cancelled too soon. We’ll see what happens I guess.
  • Kristin
    This starts to become more interesting than your standard courtly intrigue plot in the final quarter, but it's slow to pick up speed. I knew it was going to be next to impossible for a monthly title to live up to the stunning cover art. The line art in this is decent, but the coloring is flat and muddy. There were a few times I thought that the library copy I was reading was coffee stained.
  • Dave Sammath
    A very well done example of world-building, artwork, dialogue, and character development. Characters are diverse, but not in an exploitative, virtue-signalling way. It's almost a fantasy version of The Three Musketeers with some elements of Hamlet.BUY and READ this comic book series!
  • Theediscerning
    One of the more intriguing fantasy comics out there. In amidst a whole set of courtly machinations, involving a new king trying to be diplomatic with other countries, and forcing his ideas on his extended family, is a handsome knight, whose ability to sleep was taken away in an oath to the lady he serves, made several years ago. Both end up fearing for her life, but exactly why and at whose orders? The book is a clever mix of routine mediaeval th...
  • Colette
    Such a well-written graphic novel with a turn-paging, addictive quality. There is a slow-budding romance, action, royalty and court drama, mystery, and a dash of humor. In the next book, I can see there will be much more...friendships between women, mother-daughter relationships, and perhaps a more prominent romance between the two MC's. This is one of the few graphic novels I have read, as usually the art style is hit or miss for me. It needs to...
  • Morgan Mccoy
    I was intrigued by the first comic. I loved the art at certain moments, the sleepless knights, and but overall I became kind of bored with the rest of this first volume. I felt like it just went in circles. A lot what this book was riding on was the court intrigue, and I didn’t find it very intriguing. The most interesting aspect of this book is a female lead who is trying to survive on your own.Sadly, I won’t be buying the new comics in Sept...
  • Emily
    Sleepless has a lot going for it cant wait for moreDaughter of the consort Pyppenia -Poppy- is in mourning for her father the king and missing her mother terribly. The Great Star Reader Amena has returned home to Mribeshi and with the advent of the kings death cannot return to Harbeny. Poppy has her sleepless guard Cyrenic and the Queen Leotta to look after her, until that is the Queen Regent is allowed to retire to the country while the new king...
  • The Lost Dreamer
    I really don't know how I got to this book. Out of curiosity, maybe. It's Leila del Duca's art what I've enjoyed more. I like Vaughn's world building, but I have to recognize that neither the plot or the characters are fascinating, at least for me. They are fine, and the issues are read easily. But few happens in this first volume and I'm not very sure about what to think. It's nice, but well see how it continues.
  • Kat
    4 out of 5 starsARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This has everything I need for a strong high fantasy graphic novel. An engaging story arc, interesting, and diverse main characters. Political turmoil, and an over all fantastical quality. And, let's not forget, forbidden romance.I will definitely be picking up volume 2, that's fore sure, because this volume ended on such a cliffhanger.
  • Caro
    Great, now I have to wait a year for the next volume :( Art, story, colors are all beautiful and well done. The worldbuilding is subtle and unintrusive, yet intriguing. The characters are the real highlight, though: well drawn facial expressions, a variety of applicable.meanings though actual dialogue is scarce. Whats best is, no monologues or explanation bubbles. In short, the medium of comic is exceptionally well used in this book. I hope it be...
  • Haley
    I went into this fairly blind. Bought it just based on blurbs and cover art. Glad I did! It’s so delightful and pretty. Think Game of Thrones meets Shakespeare. I will definitely keep reading the series ... adding to my pull list today!
  • Michelle Barker
    This is not my usual reading fare, but I have to say I loved it. I especially loved the idea of the Sleepless Knights. Lots of palace intrigue, beautiful artwork, culturally diverse characters, and a simmering love story.
  • Matt Reid
    Great original fantasy story with a really cool concept. The sleepless knights take a vow to never sleep to protect their quarry. Plenty left to learn about them and Lady Poppy who’s lost her father and finds herself in an unwanted competition for the throne. Looking forward to more.
  • Sami
    An intricate and jeweled fairy tale, with deception and danger at every turn. Poppy's beautifully emoted face graces every page, and Cyrenic's stoicism rounds it out perfectly.
  • Kate
    Read as single issues. Super beautiful.