Originally, I thought to review this series as a whole. After finishing book two, I changed my mind about waiting to review them once I finished. Instead, I decided I am going to review each book as I I go along. Also, Margo made it quite clear I should be reviewing these as soon as possible, haha. This post will contain the first two volumes. Enjoy!
Before I start: This has got to be one of my favorite titles of all time. It’s just really fun to say. Prelude and Nocturnes, Preludes and Nocturnes, Preludes and Nocturnes–what? The review? But…fine. I’m on it! The beginning of this volume was insanely confusing. It got to the point where I had to put the book down and take a break from it. I think the layout of the graphic novel itself confused me a bit, especially after the predictable and traditional format of the three series I read right before beginning this one. Once Dream broke free and he began his questing, it got a lot easier to understand the world and the main characters. It was also easier to fall into the rhythm of the writing (which, as expected, is incredible). I liked Dream quite a bit (for a comic character, he’s pretty damn handsome) and I adored his sister, so even though it was hard to get into, I was eager to start volume two.
I was prepared to be confused when I started this volume. I had a good handle on what was going on, so it was fairly painless to understand what was happening at the beginning of the book. I also found myself feeling like I was about to open a Christmas present. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen in this volume. I liked the new characters that were introduced, especially when it was revealed that they’re related to seemingly insignificant characters introduced in the last volume. I always feel really special when I remember previous minor characters. Almost like that one time when I remembered to bring the Stop and Shop bags with me without Margo/Ally having to remind me. I also thought the plot wrapped itself up really well in the end. I liked the feeling of being complete. Now, on to the next one!