Christina Rose Chua and Paolo Chikiamco’s A Sparrow’s Roar is a graphic novel full of passion and heart. With their country near under attack from barbarians, when the leader of Esterpike is murdered, it falls upon her sister, Per, to impersonate her in order to convince the nearby Generals to join them in protecting her homeland and their own. But, with all the secrets and conspiracies, Per will soon realize that her journey and goal is a lot harder to achieve than she originally thought. An incredibly fun and emotional tale, this was a story I truly enjoyed reading.
The highest of stakes.
Honestly, I didn’t realize how emotional I would feel about this graphic novel when I first went into it. It’s the sort of story that doesn’t really ever give you a moment of rest. From one moment to the next, you’re always worried about what is going to happen. And then, when the worst does seem to happen, you’re upset about it. And though this is a story about a young woman, Per, coming into her own, it remains fraught with moments of grief.
With her sister’s death and her country on the line, Per has a lot to face along her journey. And she just might discover herself along the way.
I loved the illustrations in this book. Honestly, it was a huge selling point for me in the beginning and remains one long after I read it. The colors are so vibrant, the characters incredible. You can’t help feeling a part of the story with the way it all drags you in. I think, above all else, the graphics were the piece of this novel that I loved the most.
All in all, this was a pretty great book and I’m incredibly happy to have read it.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.