The Daughters of Ys Book Review

The Daughters of Ys Book Review

Ys, city of wealth and wonder, has a history of dark secrets.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

The Daughters of Ys

Author: M. T. Anderson
Publication Date: August 11, 2020
Publisher: 01 First Second
Page Count: 208
Format: Paperback ARC
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology
Cover Artist & Illustrator: Jo Rioux
My Rating: ★★★★★

The Daughters of YsThe Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, First Second, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Death, Murder, Premarital Relations, Gore

“Rozenn, my eldest, to you she gave her love of wild things and lonely places…And to you, Dahut, her love of wonders and miracles.”

The mythical Celtic city of Ys is surrounded by many tales and legends. The Daughters of Ys manages to combine some of the different variations into one. Gorgeously illustrated, this rich story ultimately revolves around siblings and the choices that drive them apart.

Two sisters, Dahut and Rozenn, are daughters of Queen Malgven and King Gradlon of Kerne. Wildly different, the two must learn to step up and fill in their mother’s shoes after her passing. Determined to keep the impressive city of Ys from being swallowed by the sea, Dahut participates in some unsavory acts to secretly appease the monsters lurking in the deep. Rozenn, next in line to take the throne, desires anything but a life away from her beloved wilderness.

Ocean, sweet ocean blue…
You drown ships and hearts.
Now bring me beautiful shipwrecks,
Bring me vessels full of silver and gold.

As Dahut follows a path descending into darkness, she commits the ultimate sin against her sister. The ultimate seductress, she leads Rozenn’s love interest astray and almost uses his as her next sacrifice. Despite her poor judgment, Dahut remembers her sister and puts an end to the terrible deed. In turn, a force lending aid to keep Ys safe arrives, bringing havoc for the city in his wake.


While this story doesn’t give much credit to its male characters, Rozenn and Dahut represent strength in their own ways. Dahut sacrifices everything to protect her kingdom, no matter the cost. Rozenn is the picture of purity and propriety. The strain put on the relationship between these sisters is devastating and heart-wrenching. Paired with eerie and stormy illustrations, this read is one to quench the thirsty souls of lore-lovers.

Vulgarity: Minimal.
Sexual content: Moderate.
Violence: Moderate.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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