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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 Lei 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 and letterer Deron Bennett for this fantasy romance. Collects issues 1-6.


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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 Lei 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 and letterer Deron Bennett for this fantasy romance. Collects issues 1-6.

30 review for Sleepless, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    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

  2. 5 out of 5

    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 readers out there. And between this, "Eternal Empire" (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 readers out there. And between this, "Eternal Empire" and "Alex + Ada", Sarah Vaughan is quickly becoming one of my favorite comic creators out there!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    charlotte

    WHAT THE FUCK

  4. 5 out of 5

    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's attempting to killer her, while Cyrenic is star 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's attempting to killer her, while Cyrenic is starting to relive old memories as vivid waking dreams, to drift, which is a sign that a Sleepless knight is starting to lose his ability to function. The artwork is beautiful, and I liked the story, which though not complicated, is well told. Poppy's smart and determined, and her pet fox Bini is cute.

  5. 4 out of 5

    unknown

    Slightly slow but intriguing start to a gorgeous new fantasy series. I loved the character work, and the worldbuilding is really well-handled, deft, assured, and free of infodumps. Eager to see where it goes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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!

  7. 4 out of 5

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fatima

    I NEED THE NEXT VOLUME. I NEED MORE POPPY AND CYRENIC IN MY LIFE.

  10. 4 out of 5

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    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 falling out of it) because now I have to wait before I can read more abo 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 falling out of it) because now I have to wait before I can read more about Poppy, Bini, and Cerenic and Vaughn’s strange world where time is magical and dangerous. So swoons, sighs and falling over—that’s how I feel about this series after reading the first volume.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 wounds by magic can hasten the arrival of death for the 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 wounds by magic can hasten the arrival of death for the patient. It’s already filled with courtly intrigue & feats of derring-do - and some of my most beloved tropes (a princess & her knight!) are at the heart of it but in fresh new guises. If any of you all pick it up and give it a read, let me know! Moreover, I can say with assurance that the heroine’s narrative and her social, political, and emotional navigation of this culturally complex and fully fleshed-out universe takes pride of place over Cyrenic’s knightly exploits, which is something we rarely get to see.

  13. 4 out of 5

    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, it’s a bit patchy and readers are thrown into the 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, it’s a bit patchy and readers are thrown into the world with no info or context page or anyone in the characters that is the info dumper to inform readers of this world. Therefore the magic (if any, unclear at the moment), the countries, the politics are a bit vague. I also saw a lack of detail in the backgrounds in the art, the characters were great but the backgrounds felt rather bland and just like any middle age book I’ve picked up, nothing to set it apart from the pack. Story: The story is well written, it’s well paced and the overall narrative is interesting. That being said this narrative has been done so many times that it is a cliche. This genre of book is not as common in comc books but the Teen/YA section of a bookstore is choking with these court mysteries starring a female that is caught inside the kingdom and trying to be herself and find her way while assasins and plots are afoot. This is that, it’s solidly dont but it’s that. If the world building had been more interesting it would have set the book apart from the pack but the story itself does not do that. I did enjoy it though and I will continue but I don’t feel a need to follow this monthly. Characters: I like Poppy, she’s done so well through the art and her emotions and personality is largely formed by the beautiful character art as are the rest of the characters. Were it not for the art and the personality it conveyed these characters would have had little to no development but rather fell back to standard genre cliches (the Empathetic main character, the haughty spoilt princess, the brave knight, the evil prince from a different country, the impulsive and unwise king...on and on and on). Poppy is fun but she is not entirely original but that’s okay if the character are written well and Poppy herself is fine, the rest is pretty thin. It is a first book so I will give it time, but being a book of quite moments and small whispers instead of large action sequences the characters need work. It was good, a different type of book that the comic book format needs, but it did have it’s flaws. Onward to the next book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan Lyons

    2 1/2 stars I 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 care about them or their relationship enough to make me 2 1/2 stars I 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 care about them or their relationship enough to make me care about them, and the politics aspect lacked the finesse I was hoping for. So overall, it was a bit of a miss for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Oh, this was excellent. The best court intrigue fantasy I've read since the Goblin Emperor. Great characters, great art.

  17. 5 out of 5

    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 on the cusp of political change. The artwork in c 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 on the cusp of political change. The artwork in combination with the text creates a strong world that compels the reader to continue. Considering the ending to this volume, there is no doubt that I will be back for volume 2. The characters are compelling, each with a slowly revealed backstory, and the slow burning romance between Poppy and Cyrenic are the two things that make this graphic novel stand out for me. I want more fantasy romance graphic novels! *Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Burns

    3.5 Stars Review: *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 things to love about this story, like: - WOC main ch 3.5 Stars Review: *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 things to love about this story, like: - WOC main character - POC love interest - characters who looked like real people instead of impossibly perfect (the non-MC princess even had acne, and the Sleepless Knights had bags under their eyes!) - budding romance between a princess and her knight - clear artwork - easy-to-follow plot - royal court intrigue - fantasy world - bit of mystery - cute little fennec fox(?) pet Ultimately though, the art style wasn't right for my taste (which is a very subjective thing), and all the court politics just didn't interest me enough (again, a subjective thing). But like I said, there were a lot of great things I liked about this graphic novel. So even though I probably won't continue the series, I did enjoy this, and I would still recommend this if it sounds like your kind of thing! Recommended For: Anyone who likes diverse characters, slow-paced stories, and royal court politics. Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  19. 5 out of 5

    ashiqin

    AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  20. 4 out of 5

    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 understand and dive into, with enough room for growt 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 understand and dive into, with enough room for growth. You won’t find any epic fantasy 1000 year lore-building here, THANK GOD. I’ve grown far too tired of the lengthy epic fantasy sausage fest, so this graphic novel is a breath of fresh air. Negatives: - The only problem with this series is that it feels like it was originally meant to be a YA and/or fantasy novel. The setting, story, themes and world building all seem like they would make an amazing new series that would stand proudly beside something like the Grisha or Children of Blood and Bone. And it makes one wonder what went on behind closed doors. Perhaps it is simply the slow pacing that throws me off and makes me crave a prose version of this amazing story. Comics are unfortunately published issue by issue and can take a long time to be funded and lovingly drawn and written. It’s a lot longer process than an author sitting at a pc hunched over as they type up a masterpieces in the early hours of the morning. Buy this graphic novel if you want an intro to comics. Buy this if you like Image Comics. Buy this if you like fantasy romances. Buy this if you like fantasy. Buy this if you have money to spare. JUST BUY THIS PLEASE TW: Gore, violence.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    3 stars A 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Petra

    Wonderful art and interesting story. That cliffhanger at the end made me so angry and I can't wait till September

  24. 5 out of 5

    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-- I absolutely believe this comic should become as 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-- I absolutely believe this comic should become as popular as Saga-- as a Saga fan, this definitely has potential and I cannot wait to see what happens next.)

  25. 5 out of 5

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deviki

    My reaction when I first saw the cover of the graphic novel on my recommendation list. I was already clicking on it without even bother to look at genre type or reading the synopsis. LOL First let's just address the beauty of the art design here shall we. I love Poppy's outfit, especially her first outfit we saw her in when she is first introduced to the "scene". I love the colors, the designs, and her African style fusion western puff gowns. Ugh it looks so pretty and elegant!! Now now enough wit My reaction when I first saw the cover of the graphic novel on my recommendation list. I was already clicking on it without even bother to look at genre type or reading the synopsis. LOL First let's just address the beauty of the art design here shall we. I love Poppy's outfit, especially her first outfit we saw her in when she is first introduced to the "scene". I love the colors, the designs, and her African style fusion western puff gowns. Ugh it looks so pretty and elegant!! Now now enough with the babbling on gowns and shit.....let's proper review about Sleepless first. So the very first issue, we meet Knight Cyrenic, who have god awful eyebags walking around a tomb, so eventually he finds Lady "Poppy" Pyppenia, mourning for her recently departed father king. So while they were making their journey back to castle. They walk past another chamber where all the "people" there seem to be sleeping with a cloth covering their face. They don't look dead but . sleeping/resting and a stone sign with the message. Here The Sleepless Lie, Never to Wake Again Poppy later says, "I don't like walking past your resting place" when they passed by an empty slot among the "sleeping" knights. At first I was like ..........is this Cyrenic, actually dead or something ? Is he a ghost ? So apparently, Poppy is the illegitimate daughter of the late King and although she don't really hold any power to take the throne, people are already talking especially when the King and Queen own children have all died before them, leaving Poppy the only biological child of the King despite not born from the rightful wife, Queen Leotta. Having no "rightful" heir to the throne, the late King's bro takes his place, King Surno. For some reason the dude comes off as snobby and suspicious. He may be pretending to "accept" Poppy as their own family. But I think he is a load of BS king. So after the first attempt at her life right after the coronation party, we learnt that this is NOT the first time someone had tried to kill Poppy. After Cyrenic killed off the assassin, Poppy is very shaken by this very idea that someone is AGAIN trying to kill her. There is an old wound on her shoulder when she later retires to her room. We also get to see a very close bond between Poppy and Cyrenic, so now you can see what "Sleepless" knight actually means :P He stays "awake" throughout the night guarding her............odd though because back than a Lady is NOT allowed to have a men (unless its her hubby) in her room, especially at night. I'm surprised that nobody talks about that though. Because her reputation will be tarnished no matter what.... After the King rejects Poppy's request to leave the castle (SUSPICIOUS MUCH!!), Poppy is now very insecure about her standing in the castle especially after her father's death. She is uncomfortable with the new king's daughter who seemed very cold towards Poppy. And is helpless when the King assigns Poppy to be her new companion. A sleepless knight can "die" but they usually sleep their way to death when the time comes. They also have the capability to go mad over time.....which they refer to as "drifting" ......so not the best deal when it comes to taking that magical vow. Cyrenic is on it for 3 years now and not looking good. Owhh, this is INDEED a slow burn romance, but I think already in the making on Cyrenic side, when we get "into" the story. Because when Poppy didn't give her "favor" to Cyrenic, he seemed a lil jealous!! LOL Oh and he obviously looked away when Poppy tried to catch his eyes after he won. Boy, you trippin !!! Sir you kicked the Lord Nestlet's butt especially hard because he got Poppy's "favor" instead of you HAHAH Some tired to kill Poopy again by trying to poison her food. Thank god for her pet .....Princess Rellan have acne problem I'm guessing ? Seem like all the assassin are directly or indirectly connected to Edtland, ding ding land where new king hail from. Oh and some "ladies" handed a sex offer to Cyrenic eventhough she is married!!! Eww Poppy seemed a lil shocked but teases him about it. I think she too might have a lil crush on him. Earlobe is the best place to touch ...........HUH !! No Cyrenic it is not ....don't BS Poppy! I really DON"T TRUST the king, but they both seem to think it might be Lord Nestlet that is trying to kill Poppy. I mean he does have a motif but it will only work in his favor if he actually is confirmed to marry Princess Rellan. So technically he is just pouty mouth .......not a killer mastermind. Besides the new king don't like Lordy fancy pants either. So after read issue 1-6, from my understand Sleepless Knights are regular Knights choosen by their elders or people of power to take a magical vow to protect a person 24/7 ....hence the name Sleepless. The King and Poppy's mom asked Cyrenic to take Sleepless vow to protect their daughter because people were trying to kill her off even then....... So Sleepless Knights can die in battle but if they don't they can die "naturally" which basically means they will sleep until they actually die. But nobody have ever tired to "release" the bond/vow before apparently. When Poppy is force to break her bond .....Cyrenic panics. I think he is not panicking because he might die, he is actually panicking he might not be with her anymore. He is almost afraid he will not be her protector anymore..........Boy, you have bad case Stockholm syndrome........LOL That Kiss was CUTEEEEEE...........and the feeling is mutual for Poppy. But I wonder if he will have any memory lost after that bond is broken. Will someone try to kill her before Cyrenic recovers? Pros: - Love the art design, drawing style and colors used - I love the character designs for all the main "cast" - The story line is moving fast and we get hints of clues and flashbacks - The background design is pleasant to the eyes with clean and clear convo. bubble Cons: - I don't want to offend anyone but I find Poppy's lips very distracting, not in a bad way but I guess I never actually read a comic book with that kind of lip feature before. I constantly feel like she should be kissed LOL !!!! - If Poppy is a mix race child, why does is look like a clone of a mother but no traits of her father. They should have at least made her hair color different or something. Come on biologically speaking. - sometimes the drawing get a bit weird especially when it is from a long angle shot, the character's eyes and face seem very comical .....like just a dot for eyes ......wth is that all about Can't wait for the next issue :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Simant ♥ Flipping Through the Pages

    Full review on: Flipping Through the Pages Sleepless was fantastic! Poppy is the main character of the story who is an illegitimate daughter of a recently deceased king. Now, her position in the new court is not safe and someone is trying to kill her. But she has Cyrenic, her faithful sleepless knight protecting her. He took an oath to become sleepless to protect the princess. What intrigued me most is the concept of sleepless, which is also the title of the novel. Basically, once they take the oa Full review on: Flipping Through the Pages Sleepless was fantastic! Poppy is the main character of the story who is an illegitimate daughter of a recently deceased king. Now, her position in the new court is not safe and someone is trying to kill her. But she has Cyrenic, her faithful sleepless knight protecting her. He took an oath to become sleepless to protect the princess. What intrigued me most is the concept of sleepless, which is also the title of the novel. Basically, once they take the oath, then they can never sleep. That’s strange, right? I like the overall world-building around this concept and the political change in the story. Looking at the ending, I am hoping that they release the vol. 2 soon. I loved all the characters and their backstories. I was happy to see the slow-burning romance between Poppy and Cyrenic. And yes, to all the diversity 🙂 And the artwork is phenomenal. Poppy’s character has been designed so beautifully. From her dress to her hairs, everything was perfect. She looked elegant and every bit of princess. The background colors used and the details per perfect for this fantasy. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Google+ | Amazon

  28. 5 out of 5

    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

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    A royal daughter who can never quite be a princess, much less a queen, must manoeuvre through the arrival of a new regime at court. Someone wants her dead, but at her side - as well as an utterly adorable fennec fox-type creature - is her loyal bodyguard, one of the eponymous Sleepless - knights who vow never to rest, always to watch their charges. And right there we have a bit of a problem, because...is that a good idea? The magic here is generally little and strictly bounded, which is not a ba A royal daughter who can never quite be a princess, much less a queen, must manoeuvre through the arrival of a new regime at court. Someone wants her dead, but at her side - as well as an utterly adorable fennec fox-type creature - is her loyal bodyguard, one of the eponymous Sleepless - knights who vow never to rest, always to watch their charges. And right there we have a bit of a problem, because...is that a good idea? The magic here is generally little and strictly bounded, which is not a bad idea in fantasy - so a healer can take time from the end of your life to fix you up now, a cost which will sometimes be worth it but is not invoked lightly. Which is neat, and poetic, and fine. But the Sleepless...they all have bags under their eyes like you wouldn't believe, obviously. And then after a while they start to drift, as you do when you've not slept, and plenty of them become uselessly drifty long before their final sleep, and even our hero here is clearly starting to lose it. Is that a good bodyguard? The idea of the ever-watchful guardian is arresting, I just feel like we need more on why the deal is ever worth it, not just from the Sleepless' point of view (where it's clearly influenced by the sacrifice of courtly love) but also from the perspective of the guarded, where as it stands I would totally prefer shifts of guards who are actually getting some kip occasionally. Sorry if I'm fixating on this detail, but a) it is in the title and b) I'm not sleeping well in this heat myself, so it is foremost in my mind. Beyond that...well, I buy the interactions more than in the other current Image fantasy series by Sarah Vaughn, the lacklustre Eternal Empire. Nobody at court is quite as stereotypical as some first appear, and all feel solid to me. But the art doesn't equal Leila del Duca's last Image run, the gorgeous Shutter, perhaps in part because it's a much more constricted world than the ceaseless marvels there. I do love that fennec fox critter, though. (Edelweiss ARC)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Questingforaquest

    The only reason I'm giving this less than five stars is that I'm stingy with my 5-star ratings; I couldn't find anything I disliked about this book! I'm normally not into high fantasy, but this world is a well-crafted and interesting one that the writers don't get too bogged down with instead of focusing on the story or characters. How refreshing to see a female-led cast, one in which the characters are honest representations of flawed people but who are nevertheless likeable and sympathetic! The The only reason I'm giving this less than five stars is that I'm stingy with my 5-star ratings; I couldn't find anything I disliked about this book! I'm normally not into high fantasy, but this world is a well-crafted and interesting one that the writers don't get too bogged down with instead of focusing on the story or characters. How refreshing to see a female-led cast, one in which the characters are honest representations of flawed people but who are nevertheless likeable and sympathetic! The male characters certainly don't take a back seat--they still wield most of the positions of power, although the story focuses on the women of the court--but the men, too, are fleshed-out and, even when antagonistic, aren't cartoonishly so. A lot of nuance is conveyed in the relationships between characters and in their characterization, and--although this should be a no-brainer--the panels are drawn effectively to make best use of the medium, rather than clumsily obscure the story; you'd be surprised how many comics I come across that can't do that. And can I say how refreshing it is to see an ethnically diverse cast? I'm hoping we get to see a character with a disability soon in this series (several characters are "driven mad" by the pressures and physical toll of a long-standing vow they've taken, but I'm not sure that counts, and I'd love to see a positive portrayal) although one character does have minor facial scars (we are told it's merely acne, but I wonder if we'll find out it's something more). That character is a princess and heir to the throne, so her desirability remains intact regardless, but I'd love to see the politics of lookism, ability vs disability, or body politics in the form of different body types or something else come into play. I have high hopes for this series, and I think they are earned!

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