Review | Sorceline by Sylvia Douyé

Welcome to the Island of Vorn, where mythical creatures roam free and only the brightest students are invited to study them. In Book 1 of this riveting new middle grade graphic novel series, a gifted young cryptozoologist-in-training must learn to tame powerful beasts—including her own inner demons.

For as long as she can remember, Sorceline has had a knack for the study of mythical creatures. Now a student at Professor Archibald Balzar’s prestigious school of cryptozoology, she’s eager to test her skills and earn a spot as one of Balzar’s apprentices.

But for all her knowledge of gorgons, vampires, and griffins, Sorceline is mystified by her fellow humans. While she excels in her studies, she quickly clashes with her classmates, revealing her fiery temper.

When one of her rivals suddenly disappears, Sorceline must set aside her anger and join the quest to find her. But the mystery only deepens, leading Sorceline on a journey far darker and more personal than she expected . . .

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sorceline follows the title character as well as a group of teenagers who have appeared on the island of Vorn in order to learn all things cryptid and supernatural creatures from Professor Balzar. The individual kids show their personalities quickly and we see a typical subsection of attitudes and some clique behavior going on. No one’s home situation or past is clear and the action starts almost immediately.

I really enjoyed the world that was created in this story and the little sprinklings of lore and facts about creatures. There’s a mystery that pops up pretty quickly so most of the story ties in to solving that as well as Sorceline realizing that her identity is a mystery. There some obvious teenager drama that goes on, but most of the issues are resolved rather quickly. With the way this volume ended I would definitely pick up the next one to see what happens to Sorceline and her fellow students.

Happy reading!

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