Thursday, August 23, 2018

Graphic Novel Review: Hasib and the Queen of Serpents by David B.

Hasib and the Queen of Serpents
Publisher: NBM Publishing
Release Date: June 2nd, 2018
Format: Egalley,
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 

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Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of Serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which David B. opens for us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers. 
I have some mixed feelings about this graphic novel. On the one hand, the colors and artwork in this one was amazing, but on the other hand I felt like the narrative flow gets a little lost.

The artwork in this one was awesome to look at. It had really saturated colors that made it really nice to look at. Artwork is a really important thing to me when it comes to reviewing graphic novels, and this one definitely hooked me in.  It was just beautiful to look at and that's really important in this medium.

I had a feeling this story was built off of some sort of folklore, just based on the names of the characters and the fact that they kept mentioning King Solomon. It looks like it's kind of a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights. Where it loses me a little bit is that the narrative is a story within a story within a story, that I kind of forgot what was the actual point of the original narrator. It's an interesting way to tell a story for sure, but it did kind of lose me a bit. Also throughout the novel there would be someone that said, "and it was the 496 (or whatever number) night" and that started to get really irritating to me.

I think if you are looking for an quick read and want to read about a folklore re-telling, this one is for you. This was an interesting story, and i enjoyed it but it didn't give me a big "wow factor" that other books do.

Have you read this graphic novel? What did you think?

*I received a free egalley copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Happy Reads Everyone!