The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Review by Lauren
Source: copy for review; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don't let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.
Kaidu is one such outsider. He's a Dao born and bred--a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. At first, she hates Kai for everything he stands for, but his love of his new home may be the one thing that can bring these two unlikely friends together. Let's hope so, because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.
Review: The Nameless City is such a well-done, beautifully rendered graphic novel. The book takes place within The Nameless City, where outsiders are often coming in and conquering the city, giving it their own name. Those that live within the city, though, know it as the Nameless City and they are the Named. They want to rule themselves, but they do not have that power. Instead, they keep their head down and go about their business in order to not cause too much trouble. A Named who goes by Rat has lived in the city her whole life, but she soon befriends Kaidu. He grew up outside of the city, but he has arrived to train to be a soldier in order to get to know the father he's never met.
Hicks makes it really easy to understand the plot, with her words and beautiful artwork. I didn't know if this was a standalone or part of a series while reading, but I'm happy to report that the story continues on! I can't wait to see more of Kai and Rat and how The Nameless City will continue to grow. It ends in a nice spot, but there is definitely more to happen in the future.
The Nameless City came out today, so get your copy now!