Hicks, Faith Erin. The Nameless City. First Second, 2016. $14.99. 240p. ISBN 9781626721562. Ages 11-15. P9Q10
The opener of this proposed series is set in a city appearing to be in 13th-century China where conquerors come and go. The protagonist, Kai, has been brought to the city by his father, a general in the current army, the Dao. His association with Rat, one of the conquered people, leads him to explore the city outside his training area, and she teaches him to race across the rooftops with her. Rat teaches Kai about the resentment fostered within the city’s residents and then helps him uncover a plot against the Dao. Much of graphic novel’s plotting comes from expressions, gestures, and other visual cues in brilliant artwork using the tiled roofs of the city as the background. This artwork, combined with well-rounded characters, quality plotting, and excitement, make this a memorable addition calling for another installment.
Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.