Synopses & Reviews
"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Lonos 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 Piras 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!
About the Author
Emily Carroll is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Stratford, Ontario. In addition to her award-winning online comics, her work has appeared in several buzzed-about print collections, including Explorer: They Mystery Boxes, Spera: Volume 1, Creepy Comics #9, and a collaboration with Brian Wood in The Unexpected. Emily was also chosen as the artist for United Way’s 2011 Combined Federal ad compaign in Washington, DC. Please visit her website at <>EmCarroll.com.