Daughters of the Witch Queen: Nicholas Odd (Daughters of the Witch Queen Part 1)
By Silver Saaremaeel and Kaija Rudkiewicz
Publisher: Published Indenpendently
Published: March 1st, 2015
Here at Bibliobibuli YA, we are big fans of Run Freak Run, and when we heard Silver and Kaija were giving readers a chance to review their new project, Rosi and I were beyond excited and quickly responded in the affirmative. So, here is the review of part one of Daughters of the Witch Queen, the review for part two will be up tomorrow. Wednesday, Rosi, the lucky turnip, will be posting a write-up about the time she went and had lunch with Silver and Kaija. Thursday will probably present more nonsense. In the meantime, go and check out the Daughters of the Witch Queen site because it has all kinds of amazing artwork of the characters, from the quite normal Nicholas to the man with no eyeballs, and much more stuff soon.
There are two kinds of people in this world:
Witches and humans.
Nicholas Odd is a man travelling to London in search of his happily-ever-after, when his eyes are opened to a world he never believed could exist: a magical world that operates alongside of humans, ruled by a Witch Queen. A succession war has started amongst her seven daughters, fueled by the entrance of a new, enigmatic player, the Nightwitch.
Nicholas, pulled in the middle of the conflict, is about to have his life made a lot more interesting for him, and a lot more dangerous.
Nothing will ever be the same.
If you enjoyed the style of Kaija and Silver’s web comic, Daughters of the Witch Queen should catch your attention. This first part in the series introduces Nicholas Odd, a young man who simply wants to get across a much rainier than usual London to visit a girl he met online. After overcoming a series of trying events, such as a walrus-like sleeping seatmate, a plane that refuses to land, and immigration, Nicholas makes his way across the city to only have his day become even weirder. From the first chapter, Daughters of the Witch Queen starts off with a bang and the reader can only sit back and wait with impatient anticipation to find out what will happen next as the reader and Nicholas get the feeling that today will not turn out as Nicholas expected at all.
The story opens with an eyeless man and a young witch observing London from a rooftop and offers a brief glimpse into the darker side of the story that is yet to come. The ominous feel of the novella continues and is mirrored in the story’s rainy backdrop as Nicholas rushes across London at a snail’s pace to make it to his date on time. The characters he meets along the way are wonderfully weird and it is interesting to see them through an agitated and exasperated Nicholas who simply wants to meet his girlfriend and have a smoke, not necessarily in that order. The story ends with a poetic reference back to the beginning of the first chapter and leaves the reader with high expectations for what is to come.
I really love the fact that serialised novels are becoming a thing again. I dislike it, because that means that I have to wait even longer to read things, but I love it as well. It reminds me of the growth of newspapers, and people like Jo March writing a chapter a week and such. so I love that Silver and Kaija are choosing to go down this route, even though I really wish they could just give me the entire book and I could read it immediately–it’s that good.
We start with Nicholas Odd, who is experiencing the sort of annoyances we all experience with plane travel…annoying neighbors, strange conversations, security, and the like. Nick, like most of us, is just trying to get where he’s going–and he’s going to meet this beautiful girl he’s been talking to on the internet. What he doesn’t realize at first (or, arguably yet, at all) is that he’s landed rather accidentally in the middle of a witch war. And we’re still not sure what part he plays, but it’s rather likely he plays a part.
My only true complaint about Daughters of the Witch Queen is that it’s only seven chapters. I really do wish I could just gobble the entire book up in one sitting, but Kaija and Silver are making us all wait. The characters are deeply intriguing, as is the setting…modern day London, but with a strange and creepy flair that Kaija and Silver do oh-so-well. I want to know more about the witches, and the strange creatures everywhere, and what is actually going on. I would also highly recommend going and looking up some of the concept art for Daughters of the Witch Queen as well, since Kaija and Silver are gifted artists as well as writers.
I truly, cannot wait for the sequel. However, if you are as excited as this as I am, I would recommend checking out www.runfreakrun.com as well!
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Thank you Silver and Kaija for the review copy.
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