Bea’s morning starts out like any other – breakfast with her forgetful grandfather and a trip into the woods for potion supplies. But when she meets Cad, a Galdurian who thinks her grandfather can help him find his people, everything turns upside-down. Now Bea’s grandfather is missing and she’s forced into a long journey to find him and escape whatever wants to steal her light.
This book is absolutely vibrant – both literally and metaphorically. The illustration is gorgeous and wonderfully expressive. It’s always just as important to “read” the pictures as the words, but that’s especially true for this book. Each image fits the mood of the scene exactly through both the characters and their surroundings. One illustrative element I particularly appreciated was how Bea’s anxiety was portrayed. It can be difficult to show certain mannerisms in graphic novels. After all, characters can’t be animated like in a movie and descriptions can’t be used like in a non-illustrative book. There’s a specific image that the illustrator used each time Bea began feeling nervous, whether it was only for a moment or it spiraled into something more. It really added an interesting aspect that helps the reader to understand Bea’s character better.
The characters in Lightfall: the Girl and the Galdurian all fit perfectly together. Each pair serves as a balancing force for one another, which is truly impressive. Bea acts as her grandfather’s rock, someone to remind him of what he’s forgetting and keep him on track when he’s confused. Cad, in turn, helps to calm Bea’s anxiety while simultaneously pushing her to go beyond her comfort zone. Even the minor characters serve as both foils to the main characters. Every aspect of this book is beautifully balanced. By the end, I’m sure you’ll be as eager to get your hand on the next book as I am.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): danger, violence
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