I discovered this wonderful graphic novel series from Nymeth's irresistible review - her book contained both stories, but my editions are separate volumes; this is the second one. The Lucky Road continues the story of what happens at Sleeping Beauty's castle after she wakes up and gallops off with her prince.
The story opens on a dark and stormy night as the hooded figure of Lady Jain, a young woman who, with the help of a talking bear, escapes from a fortress. She rides away in the night, and we see her face is bruised and swollen. She travels across the countryside, a pregnant woman alone, but it becomes clear that she is shrewd and self-sufficient. Her destination is Castle Waiting, a place of refuge.
After some adventures along the way, Lady Jain arrives at the castle, where she meets its motley crew of eccentric and unusual inhabitants. The castle and the people who live there have secrets, but that's okay with Lady Jain - she has her own, and no one pries into her past. The characters are portrayed with sympathy and humor, and the dialog is sweet and funny, at times making me laugh out loud. This is a delightful graphic novel, with illustrations that are nicely evocative of fairy tales, and I'm excited that the second volume is due to be published soon.
Books in the Castle Waiting series:
1. The Curse of Brambly Hedge
2. The Lucky Road
Castle Waiting, Volume 1: The Lucky Road by Linda Medley (Olio Press, 2000)
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