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The Daughters of Ys Bring Celtic Folklore To Life In New Graphic Novel

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BY July 9, 2020

Celtic folklore comes to life in a new graphic novel from National Book Award-winning writer M.T. Anderson. The graphic novel called The Daughters of Ys also contains illustrations from artist Jo Rioux. A book trailer dropped today to preview this exciting new graphic novel.

The Daughters of Ys Draws Upon Celtic Mythology

Ys is a fantastical city akin to the lost city of Atlantis. Rozen and Dahut are the daughters of a fairy queen, and a selfish king. After the death of their mother, the two sisters find their paths drastically diverging. The story follows them as they grow into their power, and deal with the fallout of their father’s actions. A meditation on grief, identity, and the bonds of sisterhood.

A synopsis from MacMillan publishing tells us the following about The Daughters of Ys.

“Ys, city of wealth and wonder, has a history of dark secrets. Queen Malgven used magic to raise the great walls that keep Ys safe from the tumultuous sea. But after the queen’s inexplicable death, her daughters drift apart. Rozenn, the heir to the throne, spends her time on the moors communing with wild animals, while Dahut, the youngest, enjoys the splendors of royal life and is eager to take part in palace intrigue.

When Rozenn and Dahut’s bond is irrevocably changed, the fate of Ys is sealed, exposing the monsters that lurk in plain view. M. T. Anderson and Jo Rioux reimagine this classic Breton folktale of love, loss, and rebirth, revealing the secrets that lie beneath the surface.” 

Daughters of Ys Image via MacMillan Publishing

The Daughters of Ys feels similar to other beautifully illustrated media that has come out over the past decade, inspired by Celtic mythology. With shades of Song of the Sea and The Book of Kells, this graphic novel is a must-read for fans of Celtic mythology and fantasy.

The Daughters of Ys will be out on August 11, 2020 from MacMillan publishing. For more graphic novel news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.

(Featured image via MacMillan Publishing)


Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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