"Just try to put it down." -- KIRKUS
The world is over. All that remains is the Citadel, and the Chancellor who protects it from the hostility beyond its walls. But what can she do when a fearful and angry mob is convinced she brought the world to ruin in the first place, and are determined to make her pay for it by destroying the one bastion of hope the world has left?
In her dramatic, richly imagined graphic novel debut, cartoonist Maria Frantz has created a brisk fantasy tale about the fears that lead to war, and the bonds that can keep a stronghold standing against the darkness.
About the Author
Maria Frantz is a cartoonist, illustrator, and animator who is very fond of the mystical and the fantastical. She was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she spent the first years of her life playing in the woods, making up stories, and regularly perusing the local comic shop. She won a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards gold medal for her short comic, "Death Wish." She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon, where she spends her days baking, sewing, and drawing a ridiculous amount of comics.
"Frantz immerses readers in a world that feels so much bigger than the brief glimpse readers get here, prompting them to hope for more. It is no small talent to so effectively deploy the unknown and the unseen in a narrative to create such visual and textual richness. . . . The world Frantz creates is a racially diverse one. Just try to put it down." -- KIRKUS (Starred Review)
"A potent but kid-friendly look at how people become divided, the book is painfully relevant in today's political climate." -- FOREWORD REVIEWS
"A complex and thought-provoking story." -- ICv2