Title: Wynd Book One: The Flight of The Prince
Author: James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas
Age: Young Adult
Page Count: 256
Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Themes: Magic, War, Lies, Friendship, Escape
Content Warning: Death,
Wynd seems like a regular boy in the fantastical world of Esseriel, except he’s got a magical secret. Now he’s set off on a journey with his best friend and the boy of his dreams to discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, within himself.
YOU CAN’T FIND YOUR HOME UNTIL YOU FIND YOURSELF.
Wynd lives a quiet life in Pipetown — working at the local tavern, out of sight in the secret rooms beneath the floorboards, often stealing away to catch glimpses of the son of the castle’s groundskeeper as he works.
But Wynd also has a secret… magical blood betrayed by his pointed ears, forbidden within the city limits. His shaggy hair has obscured them for most of his life, but now that Wynd is a teenager they are growing too unwieldy to hide.
Joined by his best friend Oakley and Thorn, the groundskeeper’s son, Wynd’s strange dreams and an encounter with the city guard send him on the most dangerous adventure he could imagine, where Wynd will discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, the magic within himself.
Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Box for an eARC of this title.
Alright, this is what I need to say about Wynd. I adored it! I loved the art style in this graphic novel. It was colourful and fun. I loved that the characters all had their own style and could be clearly identified through the artwork. I also loved how visually diverse the characters were. There was obvious on-page diversity.
I also loved the story. Wynd is so sweet and put into the most difficult and complicated situation simply because he has magic in his blood. As the first book in a new series, I thought this was perfect! The pacing was so wonderful and quick that the action picked up soon enough to draw you in, but late enough that I had an understanding of the general rules and beliefs of the world. I really enjoyed how there was so much explained in this first volume, without it feeling info dumpy or slow. I really would love to continue this series when more are published.
I would highly recommend this to people of all ages who like magic, adventure, and characters discovering who they really are, as well as some political issues.
Rating: 4/5 stars