I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Raven's Child by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Illustrator: Tom Brown
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on August 4th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, General, Science Fiction
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Thomas E. Sniegoski has entranced audiences with his exploration of the Batman universe, thrilled fans with his Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, and uncovered the paranormal with his Hellboy spin-off series, B.R.P.D. Now, he introduces readers to a mesmerizing dark world filled with monsters, where humanity’s only hope lies in the bravery of one woman…
When the Throng came, the human race never stood a chance. The monsters were simply too strong, too numerous. It only took a few months for them to take over and leave the few poor souls who survived cowering in terror for years to come.
But even the monsters fear something: the dark goddess known as the Raven’s Child. Legend says that she alone is destined to destroy the Throng and free those under their cruel power.
And whoever wields her name and image could become the bane of the Throng and an inspiration to humankind—even if she were only a young woman, like Carissa Devin, who has vowed to reclaim the world for the human race, no matter what the cost…
Why Did I Read This Graphic Novel?
I initially became interested in The Raven’s Child by Thomas E. Sniegoski illustrated by Tom Brown because of the way that it was pitched to me. It was described as being a sort of Buffy The Vampire slayer meets dystopian end of the world with aliens. That actually is kind of what it is, but yeah, a description like that and I cannot help but say YES PLEASE I SHOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO READ THIS THING.
Of course, it ended up on my readathon pile because it is a graphic novel and those are the fastest reads ever and it also features monsters which is perfect for that Halloween type mood that I have going on over here.
What’s The Story Here?
The Raven’s Child by Thomas E. Sniegoski illustrated by Tom Brown makes me immediately think of that phrase ‘O! How the mighty have fallen.’ You see, in this book an alien race known as the Throng have taken over Earth and there are brief snatches of humanity here and there, but mostly, man has fallen. Whether this is due to hubris or something else, I do not know. The book does not entirely get into why we are into the last grasps of humanity. Especially because now that I think about it, if there were aliens that invaded, wouldn’t we just bomb them back into whatever planet they came from? Okay, I am digressing here. Okay, so there is not exactly a lot of hope for humans. One day, this girl, Kiley is out walking the streets with her baby brother, when she is attacked by the Throng. It all looks to be over when she is saved by a heroine, who calls herself The Raven’s Child – playing off religious belief held by the Throng. She is an incarnation of a prophecy and here to judge the Throng. She also is a human girl named Carissa, who is about to become legend, simply by playing off ancient fears. This Raven’s Child inspires the humans to begin to fight back, even if it means losing their lives, because what kind of life is it to hide out all the time?
How Did I Like This Graphic Novel?
I feel a little bit bad typing this but honestly, I did not love The Raven’s Child. I mean the story is cool. The art is good. However, it just felt like it took an excruciating amount of time to read. I will admit, I usually whip through graphic novels, hence why I pick them out to read during Readathons. This one took my hours to get through. I am not entirely sure why that is. There was just something that was off to me about the pacing – to the point where I chose to watch silly videos on vine instead of reading.
However, I am a sucker for uprising stories – especially when it is collective humanity uprising against monsters. I also like when religion is inserted into books – fictional religion I mean, not like reading religious books. So, I thought these cultural elements were really neat. I loved seeing the whole guerilla aspect of the book and how Carissa’s actions inspired others. I think that if not for my percevied pace issues, I would have really loved The Raven’s Child.
How’s The Art?
My boyfriend and I both read this graphic novel and this is the point where we disagree. I actually really liked Tom Brown’s artwork in The Raven’s Child. I thought it was quite detailed and liked how the use of grayscale reflects the bleakness of the book. I liked the details with regards to the throng. I also liked how the people were illustrated – especially their eyes which came across as really expressive.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
So many tentacles in this book.