Sparrowhawk (Sparrowhawk, #1-5) by Delilah S. Dawson

Sparrowhawk (Sparrowhawk, #1-5)

After a young woman is kidnapped by an evil Faerie Queen and trapped in a far off realm, she must survive teen Victorian fairy fight club in order to get back home.As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemisia has never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to fight her way back home, amon...

Details Sparrowhawk (Sparrowhawk, #1-5)

TitleSparrowhawk (Sparrowhawk, #1-5)
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherBOOM! Studios
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Young Adult

Reviews Sparrowhawk (Sparrowhawk, #1-5)

  • Chad
    Artemisia is a mixed race girl living in Victorian England with her wicked step-mother and family. She gets pulled into a very dark version of faerie where she must kill to gain enough power to return home. I dug this macabre version of faerie. I find the best version of faerie are the ones where there's a bunch of ulterior motives and sly trickiness. There's also a lot about learning to accept one's self, faults and all. I loved the character de...
  • Schizanthus
    Review to come after a reread.
  • Mitticus
    +Digital ARC gently provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+1851. Artemisia Gray is a mixed raced young woman , servant in her father home, that is forced through the mirror to the faerie lands.This is sort of Alice in Wonderland , evil bunny included, ... hacking her way throught fairyland. ...but beware of the tricky faeries or you could lose yourself.There is a kind of message here, the girl wants to be strong and free from the...
  • Devann
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyI had previously read the Ladycastle graphic novel by this author and found it to be cute but pretty lacking in both character development and subtlety, but I think this title shows a lot of growth in her as an author. I think it helped that this was five issues instead of just 4 [I always find 4 issue graphic novels to be so rushed], but the storyline about trying to find your place in the world ...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Sparrowhawk  was a trip into faerie Wonderland with a Cinderella spin. The cover art intrigued me and the story sucked me into a world where Artemesia (Art), looked down on by her family due to her mixed race and background, finds herself in the faerie world wi...
  • Sandra
    Check out my full video review: is a graphic novel which take the main character Artemisia into Faire, there she must kill to be able to go back home. I really enjoyed this, the art beautiful and the story intriguing! I really liked the questions it rose about how you do evil for something good, and how one can change doing these actions. The end left me gasping, and I was very surprised how the overall dar...
  • Etienne
    That isn’t my definition of dark... and when a comic book want to be dark, it shouldn’t present illustrations are colorful like they came from a children TV shows. Big failed in every aspects. I don’t get all the positive review I read, maybe it’s just me...
  • Marcela
    Wow, this was super disturbing....I liked it generally, though?
  • Roy
    Interesting take on a fairy tale but added a lot of violence. The art just wasn't for me.
  • Elyse
    NetGalley ARC.I've read one Delilah S. Dawson book and while the concept was interesting, the execution was not my cup of tea. This on the other hand, was right up my alley. Falling into a faerie world? Yes please! I really enjoyed this graphic novel, all of the faerie creatures, our MC Artemisia, and I hope there's more to come! But the font style of the faeries was a little hard to read when you can't zoom in on Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Steff Pasciuti
    Well, the very first thing I have to say about Sparrowhawk by Delilah S. Dawson--illustrated by Matias Basla and Rebecca Nalty--is wow, was that dark. I was really excited to read this rather brilliant-looking graphic novel from the very first moment I saw it, intrigued by what was described as a "teen Victorian fairy fight club" and eager to see what adventures would befall this illegitimate daughter of a naval captain whose never quite fit i...
  • Alan
    This is a fantasy graphic novella for those looking for a story where the Fae and their ilk are brutal. Before Disney gave the world Tinkerbell, and made fairy tales less grim, well such tales were quite grim.This a tale without much in the way of joy or happiness. Artemisia is the illegitimate daughter of a British naval captain, and of course her step mother is far from pleased with her existence. With the pending threat of being married off to...
  • Dini Kamayana
    Hmm... I'm not quite sure how to rate this. It's a fast paced, well drawn comic. The artwork is full of bold colors although the style itself is not one that I'm usually drawn to or prefer. That said, I thought it suited the strangeness of this story. I liked the artwork on the chapter/title pages more than I did the artwork throughout the comic, but I loved the contrast of the colorful against the brutal, gruesome and dark faerie world story. Th...
  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books Victorian era stuff is my normal go-to, so I was a little unsure about this comic at first, but I really like Delilah S. Dawson so I was hoping she would win me over. Which she did. It starts off a little slow, seeming like a victorian plot about class struggle, but then it gets super interesting when Artemisia is pulled into Faerie and has to deal with the kill or be killed m...
  • Ms. Kelly
    This horror-tinged read is great for teens and up who little a taste of the macabre in their fantasy.No happy ending here, the question of what you will do to get what you want (and what you may lose when you get it) is an eternal question that subtly resonates in this beautifully drawn story. There is plenty of fantastical beast killing, but it is light on the extreme gore.I'd feel comfortable recommending this to grade 6+ with a taste for suspe...
  • Layla
    3.5 stars. I received an eARC of this through NetGalley.An interesting almost Alice In Wonderland meets The Cruel Prince mash up series.I felt it lacked a little with regards to character development, I feel that each segment could have been a little longer. They could have gone into more detail, really woven the story better, making you feel a little more for the characters and the world itself. But overall I enjoyed it.
  • Emma
    I really liked this! It was a really nice blend of traditional and modern fairytale-esque story, with beautiful artwork and a story that (to me) would not be out of place on a shelf of someone who also loved Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. A little whimsical, a bit dark, and kind of sad, but in a good way.
  • Kristin
    Great graphic novel of life in Faerie and one woman's quest to get back to her home. The artwork really made this story work, loved the character Art and her attempts to retain her humanity while journeying deeper into Faerie. Would recommend for anyone dealing with a book hangover from Holly Black and her series.
  • Lydia Timpson
    A great graphic novel with fantastic illustrations and a dark story to go with it. I really enjoyed the style of the illustrations and the plot was well thought out. Sparrowhawk had the feel of a real dark fairytale and I loved the tiny details in each panel, especially with each change she went through and her new appearance.
  • Jamie-Lee Turner
    This was a bit bloody good poppet.(I'm a sucker for Wolpertingers)
  • Ruthsic
    Warnings: physical violence Rep: Biracial protagonistThis dark tale of a young woman being stuck in Faerie and surviving through it has a circular and chilling storyline. Artemisia has no allies when she lands in Faerie, save for the first one who promises her guidance in exchange for a memory. As she goes through this new brutal world she is in, she initially has to kill to survive and later for strength. With the rules of the realm favoring kil...
  • Melody Boggs
    This review can also be found on my blog, Where the Words Take Me.Thank you, NetGalley and the Publisher, for granting this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Uh, well, hmm. I really didn’t like this one, which is very surprising to me. The five issues that make up Sparrowhawk, written by Delilah S. Dawson and illustrated by Matias Basla, seem like they would contain plenty of elements that I love: a diverse woman protagonist, a brutal world ...
  • & She Reads
    I received an ARC of this Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I loved this!! It was so fun to read honestly. I loved the dark Alice and Wonderland (darker than it is) vibe it has. Obviously I don't want to post spoiler but I love the characters and the progression of the story and how it all comes full circle in the end of this one. The art is of course pretty awesome and I can't wait to read the next issue!
  • Pop Bop
    Alice in Wonderland, But Wittier and More ViolentLots of blurbs for this book describe it as a sort of Victorian Fight Club, and I suppose you could view it that way, even though that really overlooks its most appealing aspects. If we need a comparison, I'd describe this as "Alice in Wonderland" with more explicit violence, wittier banter, a ferocious Alice, and a sly agenda built around feminism, racism, colonialism, and why you should never tru...
  • Andrea Ayres
    Sparrowhawk is exactly my kind of graphic novel. I actually have the first few issues as floppies, but reading it as a GN is equally enjoyable. I was initially drawn in by the artwork, I simply adore the work Matias Basla has done here. It reminds me of my favorite fairy tale illustrations as a child, except updated for a modern audience. I appreciate Sparrowhawk's use of color and (IMHO) creative panel layout. Rebecca Nalty's colors and letterin...
  • Katie Steele
    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I've been a fan of Delilah S. Dawson's writing for a while now, although before Sparrowhawk I hadn't had a chance to check out her comics. I've heard amazing things about her other series, Ladycastle, but somehow Sparrowhawk slipped past my radar while the ...
  • Kelly
    It's an exaggerated shoulder shrug from me...(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)Artemisia - "Art" for short - is the illegitimate daughter of a British Naval Captain and one of the indigenous women he colonized and enslaved. After her birth, Captain Grey kidnapped Artemisia and brought her back to his home in Victorian England, where she was begrudgingly "accepted" into the family. (As a servant, natch.) When ...
  • Brittany
    Arc copy gladly received by netgalley. Artemisia is a brave, smart, young mixed teen in a world not ready for what she has to offer. She was the heart & soul of her family, yet all but her step sister treated her like nothing more than a family servent. Her step mother would put her down every chance she got & her father was just worried about marrying her off. Her step mother is just prepping her to hopefully move out soon. Suddenly she's lookin...
  • Bethany
    3.5/5 starsArtemisia is the biracial daughter if a British naval captain and a slave. Asan infant, she was brought back to England, and raised with her father, stepmother, and 2 half-sisters. However, she was never fully accepted by society and certainly not be her stepmother. To cope, she adopted a thick skin and a penchant for following her own path, consequences be damned. When that path pulls her into the land of Faerie, she must kill others ...