I went into reading Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries intrigued and with very little by way of expectations. A story that followed a young girl in a society were the magical prowess one has is directly related to the length of your hair, where if your hair was too long you would be executed or praised for your powers, was fascinating. The concept behind this story was so brilliant, in fact, that it wouldn’t have been surprising if the story fell flat as that does seem to happen rather often.
But Witchy was one of the most brilliant graphic novels I’ve ever read. Wonderfully diverse, this story features characters of different races, sexuality, a trans character, and characters with different body types. It even featured an interracial relationship which I frankly just don’t see often enough. In a great many ways the characters were all exceptional. They felt so real, despite living in a magical society, and I adored getting to know each of them. You really felt connected to everything. And then there was the story.
I loved every bit of it.
Without getting into any spoilers, I think it’s important to note that there is not only great world-building, but the characters’ backstories and motivations are portrayed so brilliantly and effortlessly that it’s nearly impossible not to love this story. Understanding where each character comes from and how they feel is easily accessible to the reader. This is brilliant because it builds such a strong connection with the story as a whole and the person who is reading it.
Artwork was gorgeous throughout and exceedingly unique. You’d definitely be able to tell this story apart from all the others, to see it in a store and single it out. I definitely did not expect to fall in love with this story when I requested it, but I am so glad that I did.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.