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Spera, Volume 1

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Lono's life as a princess consisted of sitting, reading, and dreaming - until the day Pira, princess of a neighboring kingdom, arrived with news of a waking nightmare! With the help of Pira's best friend - a fire spirit in the form of a dog named Yonder - the princesses now find themselves in a race against evil. The goal: Spera, a magical realm of which the princesses had only ever heard the tallest tales. The prize: their very lives!
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Overview

Lono's life as a princess consisted of sitting, reading, and dreaming - until the day Pira, princess of a neighboring kingdom, arrived with news of a waking nightmare! With the help of Pira's best friend - a fire spirit in the form of a dog named Yonder - the princesses now find themselves in a race against evil. The goal: Spera, a magical realm of which the princesses had only ever heard the tallest tales. The prize: their very lives!
Written, created, and edited by Josh Tierney, Spera Volume 1 is the first book in an ongoing series of graphic novels illustrated by artists from around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The journey is the point in Tierney’s clever, evocative cycle of fantasy tales, and readers won’t much care if the characters ever get anywhere at all. At the start of this collection—each of the four chapters and the shorter tales bundled at the back is drawn by a different, equally gifted artist—a pair of young misfit princesses go on the wander with a wise old gaffer who can also shape-shift into a giant, fire-tinged wolf. The gaffer, Yonder, serves as a guide of sorts to the boyish, action-craving, and sword-wielding Pira and the dream-clouded bookworm Lono as they amble from one adventure to the next on their way to the magic land of Spera. Adventuring “wasn’t much of a choice,” says Pira. “Princesses aren’t really in demand here.” Some shreds of a story flit about in the first pages—Hamletesque palace intrigue and a looming war—but Tierney’s story is bonded tightly to the intimate interplay of these three characters (as well as Chobo, the chubby, eye-patched piratical cat who joins them along the way) as they journey epic distances and battle monsters like proper heroes. With beauty as its tool and mischief in mind, this book is a winner all the way. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Lono wears dresses and loves her palace life. Piri carries a magic sword and longs for adventure. Both are teenage princesses on the run. Accompanied by their shape-shifting fire-spirit friend, Yonder, they journey to the magical realm of Spera, meeting demons and coping with life on the road. Nine loosely sequential stories featuring these characters are each drawn by a different illustrator. Despite a wide range of artistic styles ranging from cartoony to painterly, the characters are recognizable from story to story. However, minimal narrative framing and a lack of world-building may leave readers somewhat at sea.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936393305
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: Spera Series , #1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 461,701
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Carroll was born in London, Ontario, in June of 1983. In addition to the many short online comics found at her website, her work has been featured in numerous print anthologies. She currently lives with her wife Kate and their large orange cat in Stratford, Ontario.

Josh Tierney resides in London, Ontario with his wife and cat. He is the writer, creator and editor of the ongoing fantasy comic Spera, which features the artistic talents of a large—and still growing—team of illustrators. The online version of Spera can be found at Spera-Comic.com. His absurdist prose work can be found at JoshTierney.com.

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