This is an interesting story. Unfortunately, I get easily lost in keeping track of more than a few characters when I have to tell them apart graphically. Even with a character list at the beginning. It's a problem I have with lots of graphic novels. In this case, the characters mostly sorted themselves out as the story went on.
I am intrigued by the story. Arctic nomads, and a southern Empire (well, warmer clime empire) trying to civilize them. A new governor sent in, who isn't doing a very good job communicating with the nomads, and an a translator who appears to not only dislike everyone, but have his own agenda. And a sister who doesn't talk other than telepathically to him. And who also has her own agenda.
Twists and turns and ups and downs. This book has a lot crammed into its pages. And the chains run through it..so many chains..slavery, life, death, magic.
I can't say this is my favorite graphic novel--I personally prefer the more humorous Manga (such as Usagi Yojimbo). But I would read the second volume of this if I found it. It is a rich multi-layered story.
For a better summary of the story, see:
In the windswept Arctic wilderness of a primitive Ice Age world, the fates of three men entwine: a soldier who refuses to kill, an exile haunted by a dark past, and a chief's son whose rigid code of honor may lead his people into war. Words and pictures bring to life the detailed history of an imaginary world in this tale of culture clash, betrayal and redemption.
About the Author
Layla Marie Lawlor was born and raised in a small town in rural Alaska, the basis for the Arctic setting of Raven's Children. She makes her living as a graphic designer and Raven's Children: Shadow of the Snow Fox is her first published work.