Publisher: Archaia Entertainment
Available: December 10, 2013
Source: Netgalley and Archaia Entertainment
After her parents' accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, deep in the southern swamps. Joined by her grandfather's pet raccoon Missy, Aurora explores the fog-covered island of graves. Along the way she meets its sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried.
Will O’ the Wisp is a graphic novel about a girl who looses her parents to mushroom poisoning and is told that she must move into the swamp with her recluse grandfather who studies bones and oddities. While there she learns about her family, the swamp and the graveyard surrounding her, all while coming to terms with herself and being part of this new and strange community.
I love the dark and macabre and this definitely fits that description Aurora, the girl we follow, is bored and displeased with her new situation but through the chapters learns more about the superstitions surrounding the swamp isle and wants to be more like the community. At first her grandfather is distant and kind of a jerk but he starts acting more like family as the book drew to a close.
I think the drawings were interesting. I liked the scenery and the characters were weird and quirky, but the plot sometimes seemed to jump from one scene to another without much explanation between them and sometimes I felt myself wondering where Aurora ran off to and how she ended up where she was and how she came to conclusions that the reader seemed to be left out on.
Over I liked this book, but there was some things left to be desired so not one of the best. I do recommend this book of those interested in the strange and unusual, hoodoo as the book called it, and superstitions.
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