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Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely Desert Tales Vol. 2: Challenge

February 15, 2011

17. Wicked Lovely Desert Tales, Vol. 2: Challenge by Melissa Marr & Xian Nu Studio (2010)
Wicked Lovely Desert Tales, Volume 2

Read my review of volume:
1. Sanctuary

Length: 176 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, YA Fantasy

Started / Finished: 01 February 2011

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? Something to tide me over while I’m waiting for Darkest Mercy.

Rika must deal with
a human boyfriend *and* some
fairy politics.

Summary: The former Winter Girl Rika, like all of the fairies that live in the desert, are independent, unsworn to any fairy court. Rika – head-over-heels for her new human boyfriend Jayce – is more than content to let her friend Sionnach keep order amongst the desert fey. But then Sionnach is hurt and Keenan, the Summer King, comes calling to demand their fealty, and Rika must decide where she really stands.

Review: I don’t know how Melissa Marr does it. Court politics and subtle political maneuvering are rarely my favorite subjects, whether we’re talking about fairy courts or historical human ones. Fairy politics is pretty much the only thing this story contains, which would ordinarily be a bad sign, but once again, Marr handles it brilliantly and even makes me care. It didn’t hurt that Donia is far and away my favorite character in the main Wicked Lovely novels, so the plight of a former Winter Girls is enough to grab my attention by itself.

I don’t particularly care for the artwork, though. Manga is just not my thing; I find it hard to tell the characters apart, especially those with the same hair color, and the big eyes and pointy chins make everyone look like a girl. Still, the story interests me enough that I’ll continue to put up with the art style. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Not independent, either of the first volume of the Desert Tales comics or of at least the first book in the Wicked Lovely series, but for fans of Marr’s, the comics are a fun addition.

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First Line: “You need to rein it in, Maili”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2011 1:37 pm

    I kinda want to try her graphic novel series, but the library only has the first one… Maybe if they will buy the second I will try, but they are not something I am rushing out to buy.

    • February 17, 2011 9:53 am

      Kailana – I agree, they’re fun but not really essential. Have you asked your library about buying the rest of the series?

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