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|Deep & dark blue|
Author: Smith, Niki
Royal sons Hawke and Grayson flee to stay alive. They take refuge disguised as girls with the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women who spin the threads of reality to their will. In graphic novel format.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/15/2019 Twins Hawke and Grayson have been groomed to be noblemen since they were born, but when a coup led by a distant cousin threatens their very lives, the two think fast and go into hiding, disguising themselves as girls and joining the Communion of Blue, a temple and school for your priestesses. While Hawke yearns for revenge, Grayson embraces the change, eventually coming out as trans while finding ways to build a more suitable life for herself, perhaps a life filled with the contemplative art found in the Communion. Throughout the book, the twins’ disguises are treated with respect and Grayson's growth in particular is sensitively treated. Smith offers action, intrigue, and magic along with a pair of dynamic characters who handle their circumstances in compellingly different ways, which should hold appeal for a wide range of readers. Smith's artwork, recalling classic manga, delivers clearly choreographed action and intense facial expressions, which capably communicate poignant emotion during the many bittersweet scenes. A rich tapestry of a story, with action and character development in equal measure. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.