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Fantasy tale involving magic and strange creatures

Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu



In a world of magic at war between the Arcanics and the Humans, Maika is taken by the Cumaea, a rival race and alies to the Humans. She also has powers which seem to work intermittently and over which she may not have much control. A monster ends up inside of her, trying to get out and do unspeakable harm. Meanwhile the various factions are all trying to find her and deal with her in a variety of ways.


Beautifully illustrated with a lot of detail, this collection is interesting in that it constructs a fantasy world with many features. Becuase there is so much of it, it is not always clear but some sporadic explanations are included. Enjoyable and complicated.