Published: 16 October 2018
Publisher: Oni Press
Category: Graphic Novels/Fantasy
When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness.
Rating: 5 Stars
From the author of The Tea Dragon Society comes a new and equally well drawn graphic novel with a cast of wonderful creatures that embrace an otherworldly beauty while reminding the reader that there is good in our world too.
Lana is a young girl who, with her father, returns to their hometown to help rebuild after a storm. Her aunt still lives there and, while helping to clear away, we learn through Aunt Mae what it takes to keep the fishing village afloat. It’s a picturesque place, but Lana soon learns that there is danger too.
Through various meetings, including caring for a young Aquicorn, Lana learns valuable lessons about how sometimes what seems like progress can actually cause more damage than do good. Respect is needed and thinking of others in order to support the balance of the world in the long run. The lessons Lana learns in her time in her hometown are valuable not just for her, as she faces returning to the city where she lives with her father, but for everyone who reads the book. It would do the reader well to remember that the smallest action may not seem like it at first but can have far reaching results that are more dire than you thought possible.
The story, while communicating this important message, doesn’t do it with a depressing tone. It does it in a way that is understandable, whatever the age of the person reading it, whether on their own or having it read to them. The art is as glorious as Katie has ever drawn, from the townspeople to the city of Aquicorns.
I highly recommend Aquicorn Cove for new Katie O’neil fans and returning fans alike.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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