Title: Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling
Series: Delilah Dirk, #2
Author: Tony Cliff
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: First Second
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Format: Graphic Novel
Source: Borrowed from my local library
After being falsely accused of spying by the nefarious Major Merrick, Delilah Dirk and Mister Selim sail to England to clear her name (and beat the tar out of the Major while they’re at it). But once on her home turf, Delilah encounters an adversary mightier than the entire British Army: her mother.
While you’ll get more enjoyment out of this story if you read the first Delilah Dirk graphic novel, it isn’t fully necessary.
Once again, Delilah and Selim have rollicking adventures. This time, though, Delilah’s actions and focus have consequences that Selim must check. I always love when an Indiana Jones-type character has to deal with the fact that their recklessness does damage, especially with a sympathetic counterpoint who much more zen about kicking butt. If Delilah is the sword, Selim is the heart.
It was also fun to see them back on Delilah’s home turf, and to get a glimpse of her family. I have to say, by the end I really wanted to see a story about Delilah’s mother in her youth. There’s a story there…
Overall, this is a fun adventure with good art (especially facial expression quirks. And Delilah’s hair! #hairgoals) and a great balance between sass and sweetness. Each graphic novel is it’s own story arc, so I don’t feel like I must read the next to know what’s going to happen. However, I WILL read the next because these characters are so much fun, and I want to see where they go next.