Daughters of Snow and Cinders

Fantagraphics. May 2023. 216p. tr. from Spanish by Jenna Allen. ISBN 9781683967569. $29.99. FANTASY
A giant she-wolf stalks the snow-covered trail of two parties seeking to wrest gold from lands taken from Indigenous peoples. A lone woman hopes to reclaim her lost home while a man, hell-bent on taking every piece of gold he can rip from the earth, uses cruelty and violence to feed his unslakable lust for the yellow metal. Both have allies with their own agendas. As winter sets in, it becomes a battle of survival as each group must weigh what price they’ll pay for the blood-stained gold. Strong characters, deeper philosophical themes of avarice versus survival, and engaging illustrations will keep readers immersed from start to finish. Meant for mature readers as cruelty towards animals and people is shown.
VERDICT Award-winning Spanish cartoonist and illustrator Tamarit (Dos Monedas) makes her English-language debut with this fantasy adventure, in which she creates a haunting landscape of rich textures that weave a dark fable set in the time of the American gold rush.
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