Lily the Thief – Janne Kukkonen

Lily the Thief by Janne Kukkonen

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: November 2019
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 9+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Supernatural


Lily is a young little thief who is tired of getting easy jobs. She wants to get the respect she thinks she deserve and challenge herself by taking on a hard job and becoming one of the great thieves of her guild.

Alas, her master does not approve of her ambitions, unable to get past the fact that she is a girl (and quite talented in the art of thievery). So she decides to work towards her goal without the blessing of the Guildmaster.

I do so love ambition and people facing hard obstacles. After all, most worthwhile things do not come easily. Lily is pretty single-minded, but because I admired her strong sense of self and wanted to see her succeed, I did not mind it so much. Besides, she is humane. She is capable of thinking of someone other than herself, too.

This graphic novel gave me Tomb Raider vibes, so if you liked playing the video game, you might enjoy how familiar this story and the art will feel. You see, Lily needs to retrieve keys to save someone dear to her and to do that she must explore dark places, including the underground… tombs.

It’s an interesting adventure with, I dare say, an endearing heroine. The supernatural aspects were so-so, though.


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