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It's hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon ""the Dragon's Maw"", an ancient labyrinth, at the bottom of which slumber endless wealth...or certain doom! A loner by trade, Luvander is forced to team up w It's hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon ""the Dragon's Maw"", an ancient labyrinth, at the bottom of which slumber endless wealth...or certain doom! A loner by trade, Luvander is forced to team up with a team of scraggly adventurers, each hoping to find a treasure of their own in the forbidden tomb. There is Prince Aki, of the Scarlet Sands Empire, anxious for first taste of adventure yet blind to the consequences. His royal Shadow and bodyguard, Koro, whose very honor hangs in the balance of her prince's success. And Dorma Iron, a stocky young dwarf whose journey will take her deeper into the darkness than she ever wished to tread. For these scruffy heroes, what starts out as a road to riches becomes the first step on an epic journey to destiny, for Luvander holds a secret in her heart that will shatter the chains of fate, and bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness."


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It's hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon ""the Dragon's Maw"", an ancient labyrinth, at the bottom of which slumber endless wealth...or certain doom! A loner by trade, Luvander is forced to team up w It's hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon ""the Dragon's Maw"", an ancient labyrinth, at the bottom of which slumber endless wealth...or certain doom! A loner by trade, Luvander is forced to team up with a team of scraggly adventurers, each hoping to find a treasure of their own in the forbidden tomb. There is Prince Aki, of the Scarlet Sands Empire, anxious for first taste of adventure yet blind to the consequences. His royal Shadow and bodyguard, Koro, whose very honor hangs in the balance of her prince's success. And Dorma Iron, a stocky young dwarf whose journey will take her deeper into the darkness than she ever wished to tread. For these scruffy heroes, what starts out as a road to riches becomes the first step on an epic journey to destiny, for Luvander holds a secret in her heart that will shatter the chains of fate, and bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness."

30 review for Scales & Scoundrels Definitive Edition Book 1: Where Dragons Wander

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Begins as your standard sword and sorcery book topped with a twist of Studio Ghibli. Luvander is a penniless treasure hunter with a secret. She encounters a party of adventurers headed to an underground treasure and joins their party. Issue 7 ends with Luvander going off on her own for some single issue stories. I liked the adventuring. It had a quirkiness to it I enjoyed. The tone of the book changed with Luvander going off on her own in a new direction but that had it's own charm as well. The a Begins as your standard sword and sorcery book topped with a twist of Studio Ghibli. Luvander is a penniless treasure hunter with a secret. She encounters a party of adventurers headed to an underground treasure and joins their party. Issue 7 ends with Luvander going off on her own for some single issue stories. I liked the adventuring. It had a quirkiness to it I enjoyed. The tone of the book changed with Luvander going off on her own in a new direction but that had it's own charm as well. The art is sometimes frustrating, others quite good. I would like to see it more defined, especially faces. There are times when the characters look like Muppets. But the action scenes look great. So it's an odd mix.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* “A heart so golden is a rare thing indeed.” What started out as a fun adventure with some interesting characters and explorations lead onto a sprawling discovery of the charming Luvander and her place in the human world. The plot may have began a little on the generic side, but the moment the side characters left and Luvander takes centre stage the deep exploration of not only her backstory but *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* “A heart so golden is a rare thing indeed.” What started out as a fun adventure with some interesting characters and explorations lead onto a sprawling discovery of the charming Luvander and her place in the human world. The plot may have began a little on the generic side, but the moment the side characters left and Luvander takes centre stage the deep exploration of not only her backstory but also her heart and soul would make surely anyone fall in love with her. She was really quite fantastic. The art was fantastic, it wasn’t normally a style I’d gravitate towards but it worked so so well for this comic. The colours too were splendid and really brought to life the wondrous beauty of dragons, mermaids and humanity. There was a very noticeable split in the book. Half the plot was setting up characters and forming friendships and the other half was focused solely on Luvander. Oddly enough, it worked very well like that and now I’m interested to see what all the side characters have been up to in Scales & Scoundrels Definitive Edition Book 2: The Festival of Life...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard Dominguez

    From the very start Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wonder had me hooked. The story revolves around Luvander a treasure hunter who is hiding a secret. Part dungeons & dragons and part Indiana Jones, Luvander takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that won't let up till the end of the book. The cast of characters she runs into are as diverse and secretive as she is. The author adds quite a few laughs in all the right places, which adds greatly to all the action. Well rounded character From the very start Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wonder had me hooked. The story revolves around Luvander a treasure hunter who is hiding a secret. Part dungeons & dragons and part Indiana Jones, Luvander takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that won't let up till the end of the book. The cast of characters she runs into are as diverse and secretive as she is. The author adds quite a few laughs in all the right places, which adds greatly to all the action. Well rounded characters that don't just sit on the page, but seem to leap right up at you with depth and plenty of attitude. The story is strong, never losing momentum or confusing the ready. Chapter 9 has no dialog and yet it is so easy to see and understand what is happening and how it fits into the story. The artwork (mind you i'm no artist or critique) is excellent, drawn in what seems to be as a fun style with plenty of bright colors that just (for me at least) added to the overall enjoyment of this graphic novel. Although it is book 1 and the ending does promise more tales to come, this reads as a stand alone that can be enjoyed from start to finish.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    Give It A Chance At first this seemed fairly generic, and even cartoony. The dialogue was serviceable, but the plot seemed like a standard quest deal, and the drawing was simple and spare. But wait. Fairly quickly, the characters open up a bit and develop some heft. The quest also takes on some interesting twists and turns, and the tale is enriched by a fair number of engaging cameo characters. Even the drawing gets bigger and more creative as we get deeper into the underworld. Then, about halfway Give It A Chance At first this seemed fairly generic, and even cartoony. The dialogue was serviceable, but the plot seemed like a standard quest deal, and the drawing was simple and spare. But wait. Fairly quickly, the characters open up a bit and develop some heft. The quest also takes on some interesting twists and turns, and the tale is enriched by a fair number of engaging cameo characters. Even the drawing gets bigger and more creative as we get deeper into the underworld. Then, about halfway through, we get secrets and hints at a decent backstory for one of the heroes; we meet an excellently demonic monologuing villain and then a mysterious hunter who may or may not be a bad guy. At that point the tale switches into a much higher and more interesting gear before we hit the cliffhanger. This is, after all, only Book One, but it seems that an even better Book Two is right around the corner. So, this wasn't super compelling at first, but it was an engaging enough hero story that had its heart in the right place. It just kept getting better, and sometimes that's exactly the sort of diversion you want. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    I was committed to Scales & Scoundrels when I found out it used to be published at Image Comics but got cancelled. Here we've gotten another Dungeons & Dragons type of story for an all-ages audiences. It's one that benefits from long-form storytelling in graphic novels, hence why it changed publishers; all-ages graphic novels need to be sold not just in comic stores but general book stores. At first glance it feels generic with a band of adventurers and the twists and turns along the way. But the I was committed to Scales & Scoundrels when I found out it used to be published at Image Comics but got cancelled. Here we've gotten another Dungeons & Dragons type of story for an all-ages audiences. It's one that benefits from long-form storytelling in graphic novels, hence why it changed publishers; all-ages graphic novels need to be sold not just in comic stores but general book stores. At first glance it feels generic with a band of adventurers and the twists and turns along the way. But the intensity and motivations feel compelling for each adventurer and readers get a sense in what each character wants and needs. It can only get better with the second trade that went incomplete from the Image days.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    Series: Vol. 1 (#1-10) Rating: 3 stars - I liked it Well this was a fascinating story filled with adventure, magic, and treasure. I really enjoyed all the characters and how they met, especially since they are all very tough women protecting a smart but kind of weak Prince Aki. Luvander was a fascinating character and I really can’t wait to learn more about her in the next volume. *ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.* You can also find my reviews at Red-Haired Ash Reads. Series: Vol. 1 (#1-10) Rating: 3 stars - I liked it Well this was a fascinating story filled with adventure, magic, and treasure. I really enjoyed all the characters and how they met, especially since they are all very tough women protecting a smart but kind of weak Prince Aki. Luvander was a fascinating character and I really can’t wait to learn more about her in the next volume. *ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.* You can also find my reviews at Red-Haired Ash Reads.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Thank you to NetGalley, Sebastian Girner, and TKO Studios for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. It took me about the first of six issues to really get into this series, but once it picks up, the characters are interesting and conflicted, and the adventure is classic and fun. Lu is a scoundrel, causing a lot of problems for people in villages. She doesn't have a coin to her name, but it is hinted early on that she is a dragon, she just hides her identity. When she Thank you to NetGalley, Sebastian Girner, and TKO Studios for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. It took me about the first of six issues to really get into this series, but once it picks up, the characters are interesting and conflicted, and the adventure is classic and fun. Lu is a scoundrel, causing a lot of problems for people in villages. She doesn't have a coin to her name, but it is hinted early on that she is a dragon, she just hides her identity. When she saves a prince, his guard, and their escort from a group of scoundrels, Lu joins them as they are searching for an ancient dragon treasure that may be no more than a myth. Lu herself wants to go visit her home of origin, the place where dragons once resided. Many challenges present themselves to the group along the way, including someone who seems to be hunting Lu and will no give up until she is dead. This is a fun adventure story that starts off with some Dungeons and Dragons vibes, but quickly transforms into a fantastic adventure quest that readers of all ages will enjoy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eliani

    *This review is bad in a sample which includes chapters 1 - 6. I received it in exchange for an honest review* This story was okay. It's not bad, but I didn't feel that it was great. I felt the strongest thing I disliked is a bit of personal preference, which is how characters that "know all the right answers", even when they don't, but act even a bit superior and everything works out... has to have the "right" personality. I did not feel Lu had it. I didn't hate her, I just didn't love her and she *This review is bad in a sample which includes chapters 1 - 6. I received it in exchange for an honest review* This story was okay. It's not bad, but I didn't feel that it was great. I felt the strongest thing I disliked is a bit of personal preference, which is how characters that "know all the right answers", even when they don't, but act even a bit superior and everything works out... has to have the "right" personality. I did not feel Lu had it. I didn't hate her, I just didn't love her and she's the main character. Yes she's fun, carefree, living by the seat of her pants and everything. Just, something was off. That said, the rag-tag group of adventure groups our story becomes. Between Prince Aki, his guardian Koro, a dwarf guide Dorma, and our troublemaker Lu, it sounds like a recipe for adventure. Hands down Dorma to be my favourite character, she is fabulous. I was lucky enough to be approved for both book 1 and 2 and plan on reading book 2 very soon, I'm curious to see how things continue. **Thank you to TKO Studios and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. **

  9. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Putt)

    This was a surprisingly gripping story. I'm never sure with graphic novels how good they'll actually be. Some are too childish, others rely too much on graphic content for shock and awe, but this was perfect. The premise sets up a large fantastical world with varying creatures and factions. The main characters all have super varied backstories, though none of them are overly unique, but it works really well. The characters mesh really well. There's an undercurrent of runaway princess/thief plot wi This was a surprisingly gripping story. I'm never sure with graphic novels how good they'll actually be. Some are too childish, others rely too much on graphic content for shock and awe, but this was perfect. The premise sets up a large fantastical world with varying creatures and factions. The main characters all have super varied backstories, though none of them are overly unique, but it works really well. The characters mesh really well. There's an undercurrent of runaway princess/thief plot with a good ole treasure hunt and proving oneself. Totally recommend for people wanting a solid read, and I cannot wait to continue.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael Lee

    This is a spoiler free review. Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wander is an awesome book. I really enjoyed reading this novel. It's a combination of the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings along with Dungeons and Dragons. If you enjoy either genre you will love this awesome book. Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wander features a group of very different characters who go on an epic adventure and journey together to find the Dragon’s Maw. You need to read the book to find out wh This is a spoiler free review. Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wander is an awesome book. I really enjoyed reading this novel. It's a combination of the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings along with Dungeons and Dragons. If you enjoy either genre you will love this awesome book. Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wander features a group of very different characters who go on an epic adventure and journey together to find the Dragon’s Maw. You need to read the book to find out what shiny and sparkly things a dragon has in its maw… Each character in this fantastic book is so unique and has a very distinct personality. Luvander is a treasure hunter who's always ready to find her next big score. She also has a fun and exciting secret we learn more about as the story progresses. Dorma is a dwarf who is afraid of the dark. Could there be a more ironic character trait for a dwarf to have than that?!? Aki is a young prince who is on his sacred journey. Koro is his faithful protector and his loyal shadow. She's awesome and is not someone you want to cross. Koro would fit in perfectly with the Black Panther’s body guards in Wakanda. This graphic novel is written so well. The story flows and has a great pace the entire length of the book. As we read this entertaining graphic novel we learn so much about each character as they grow and change during the journey. I look forward to reading Scales & Scoundrels Book 2 to see what happens next! One of the things I really enjoyed about Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wander is the similarities this book shares with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The main similarities start with all three books have a group of very different characters who set off on a journey together, there is a cave or a mountain that is full of treasure that was once controlled by dwarves that now has a dragon living it, and many beautiful images that look so much like J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. In particular when our heroes are sitting outside the Dragon’s Maw. The image of them camping outside a giant door reminds me so much of the giant door outside of the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit and also the giant door outside of the Mines of Moria in The Fellowship of the Ring. There are also many more images that remind me of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, when you read Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wander see if any of the artwork in this book reminds you of any stories you’ve read. Lastly the artwork in this graphic novel is beautiful. There are times where the colors are really bright and vibrant and other times where there is no color at all like when our heroes are in a cave surrounded by total darkness. I enjoyed the contrasting settings and colors throughout the book. I highly recommend reading Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wander. I found myself not being able to put down the graphic novel. I really liked the character Dorma and how we got to learn more about her family and other dwarves. I also liked Luvander and how we get to see is if she really does only care about treasure. When you want to escape to a world of fantasy, dragons, dwarves, scoundrels, swords and sorcery please make sure you give this book a try. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Stay awesome and keep reading! Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wander Creative Team: Written by Sebastian Girner Art by Galaad Lettering and Design by Jeff Powell

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    Scales & Scoundrels Definitive Edition, Book 1 and 2, by Sebastian Girner and Galaad are graphic novels currently schedule for release on July 6 2021. This a a new, revised and expanded definitive edition of the all ages comic. This multicultural fantasy adventure follows young treasure hunter Luvander in her search for gold and glory. Along with her companions—a prince, his stern bodyguard, and a plucky young dwarf—Lu dives into an epic journey and discovers a secret that will bring light to a w Scales & Scoundrels Definitive Edition, Book 1 and 2, by Sebastian Girner and Galaad are graphic novels currently schedule for release on July 6 2021. This a a new, revised and expanded definitive edition of the all ages comic. This multicultural fantasy adventure follows young treasure hunter Luvander in her search for gold and glory. Along with her companions—a prince, his stern bodyguard, and a plucky young dwarf—Lu dives into an epic journey and discovers a secret that will bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness. Book 1: Where Dragons Wander contains material previously collected in the Image Comics edition of Scales & Scoundrels Vol. 1 & 2, with completely reworked artwork. Lu’s adventure continues in Book 2: The Festival of Life, with more than 250 pages of original content. I only had access to a sneak peek of these volumes, so my review is only on the artwork and story I had access to. I have never before read Scales & Scoundrels so my review is based on looking at the previews of these two volumes with no nostalgia or prior knowledge of the story. I thought the idea and story was well done with quality artwork I thought the story was easy to follow, with some predictability, and the artwork matched the story well. The story starts fairly slowly, a standard fantasy adventure, but the characters and story to get more depth as the story continues. The art was not my favorite style, but we all have different tastes and I think it was a good match to the story. I think young fantasy fans and players of Dungeons and Dragons- and similar games- will enjoy this the most. I did not wow me, but I do wish that I would have discovered the comics when they were first release as I think I would have enjoyed them more when I was younger and not so many graphic novels of this genre had already pass through my hands.

  12. 5 out of 5

    JustAButterfly

    I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on Netgalley. Thank you! An adventurer runs into and joins forces with a group of three other adventurers trying to descend into a deep dungeon that supposedly has amazing treasure at the bottom. Adventure ensues. The setting and plot is pretty standard DND-like fare; it was a bit more tropey than I expected, seeing as the series started in 2017. There's not much to make it stand out in either category, although I think they b I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on Netgalley. Thank you! An adventurer runs into and joins forces with a group of three other adventurers trying to descend into a deep dungeon that supposedly has amazing treasure at the bottom. Adventure ensues. The setting and plot is pretty standard DND-like fare; it was a bit more tropey than I expected, seeing as the series started in 2017. There's not much to make it stand out in either category, although I think they both served their purpose of creating an adventure. For characters, the book focuses on Luvander, a lone adventure who loves games and lacks manners, as well as the three companions she meets, those being the naïve prince Aki, his stoic bodyguard Koro, and the timid dwarf girl Dorma. There's a little backstory and depth to each of them, but not much. Again, they're fine. In terms of art style, this book goes for a cell-shaded look with simple but appealing character designs. The colors were fine and the backgrounds were good. My only real issue with it is that each character's mouth is too far up. It's only slightly too far up, but I kept noticing it and getting annoyed. Otherwise the art style works. Despite the title, there are no actual dragons here. One is shown in Luvander's dreams, but that's about it. Luvander does have some dragon-like traits, though, and is hinted at having some history with the dragons. Overall this whole book was just fine: good but not amazing in anything. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure why you would read this over one of the more popular DND-inspired books or comics out there.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The copy I've read is a special peek preview of Scales & Scoundrels Book 1. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This story follows: Luvander -- Treasure Hunter, Adventure Seeker, and Life Saver. Aki -- Prince of The Scarlet Sands, who is on his sacred journey Koro -- Protector of the prince, who is his loyal shadow Dorma -- Dwarven guide, who is afraid of the dark They are all on adventure to find the myth Dalden Laria, "The Hall of Dreaming Treasures". Will the group find this my The copy I've read is a special peek preview of Scales & Scoundrels Book 1. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This story follows: Luvander -- Treasure Hunter, Adventure Seeker, and Life Saver. Aki -- Prince of The Scarlet Sands, who is on his sacred journey Koro -- Protector of the prince, who is his loyal shadow Dorma -- Dwarven guide, who is afraid of the dark They are all on adventure to find the myth Dalden Laria, "The Hall of Dreaming Treasures". Will the group find this mysterious Dalden Laria? No other adventurers have come back from the journey. Luvander also seems to have some secrets of her own, that may cause problems for the group. What could she be hiding? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I cannot wait to read more of this series. I am very interested just from this peek preview. I love the characters, the world, and the plot. This was definitely a page turner for me. The artwork is amazing as well! Thank you to NetGalley and TKO Studios for the ARC

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marmie7

    This graphic novel contains some of the usual tropes, a group of friends on a quest, a thief, a prince and his protector, and a warrior. Elves, dwarves, goblins, and dragons, all creatures I love! I also like the fact that three of the main characters are women. Lu, our protagonist is a scoundrel, so it appears. There is more to her and we learn as the story develops that first appearances can be deceptive. When she meets up with the rest of the little group chaos ensues. The author does a great j This graphic novel contains some of the usual tropes, a group of friends on a quest, a thief, a prince and his protector, and a warrior. Elves, dwarves, goblins, and dragons, all creatures I love! I also like the fact that three of the main characters are women. Lu, our protagonist is a scoundrel, so it appears. There is more to her and we learn as the story develops that first appearances can be deceptive. When she meets up with the rest of the little group chaos ensues. The author does a great job with the flow of the story and keeping you interested in what is coming up next. The artwork is ok, I didn't really care for the way the characters were drawn, but the background was beautiful. I recommend this to readers of all ages, it was a fun break between huge fantasy tomes I usually read. Thank you to Netgalley and the author, Sebastian Girner, for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shay

    *NetGalley eARC review* As a Dungeons and Dragons player, I just HAD to read this graphic novel. Like any good campaign, our main character, Luvander, starts in a pub gambling for some gold. There's a play gone awry, a chase, and here starts the group of adventurers running aw- er...galivanting down the road off to find the lost treasure of Dalden Laria. I feel the adventure starts a little rough but when the group is finally in the thick of things, the story moves quickly. I reached the end of t *NetGalley eARC review* As a Dungeons and Dragons player, I just HAD to read this graphic novel. Like any good campaign, our main character, Luvander, starts in a pub gambling for some gold. There's a play gone awry, a chase, and here starts the group of adventurers running aw- er...galivanting down the road off to find the lost treasure of Dalden Laria. I feel the adventure starts a little rough but when the group is finally in the thick of things, the story moves quickly. I reached the end of the novel too soon. The book follows each character separately very nicely. We are told backstory, deepest desires, and even more secrets. There are a slew of wonderfully written cameo characters that contribute to the story. The villain reminded me of something along the lines of a 7 Deadly Sins inspired demon. The artwork gets more and more detailed as the story goes on. Overall I enjoyed the adventure very much and cannot wait for the next one!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I originally read the first volume of this book last year, but am reading it again for a kids' book club I'm running this week. I still really enjoyed the first five issues, but now that I'm seeing it in context with the following issues 6 through 10, I have more problems. The fantasy and D&D-related elements still hit very well, and the humor is great. The colors are bright and engaging, and Lu as a character is a lot of fun. The original volume 1 included the first five issues, though I now kno I originally read the first volume of this book last year, but am reading it again for a kids' book club I'm running this week. I still really enjoyed the first five issues, but now that I'm seeing it in context with the following issues 6 through 10, I have more problems. The fantasy and D&D-related elements still hit very well, and the humor is great. The colors are bright and engaging, and Lu as a character is a lot of fun. The original volume 1 included the first five issues, though I now know that issue six is the real conclusion to the first story arc. After that, the stories are random and oddly paced. There's very little connection between Lu's wanderings and the people she crosses paths with. She's still a great character, which luckily holds the stories together, but only just. The rest of the original three characters are no where to be seen. It felt a lot like the creators had a good idea for six issues and then started winging it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Scales & Scoundrels Definitive Edition Book 1: Where Dragons Wander' by Sebastian Girner with art by Galaad is a graphic novel about young woman in search of treasure who may not be who she seems to be. Luvander lives in a town where she is just trying to make a living and find a bit of treasure. She sets off for the fabled 'Dragon's Maw' and finds herself in the company of a future royal and his bodyguard, and a young dwarf looking for her brother. Luvander seems nearly indestructible and that' 'Scales & Scoundrels Definitive Edition Book 1: Where Dragons Wander' by Sebastian Girner with art by Galaad is a graphic novel about young woman in search of treasure who may not be who she seems to be. Luvander lives in a town where she is just trying to make a living and find a bit of treasure. She sets off for the fabled 'Dragon's Maw' and finds herself in the company of a future royal and his bodyguard, and a young dwarf looking for her brother. Luvander seems nearly indestructible and that's because she is a dragon. In the 280 pages here, there are a series of stories, but the first one is the longest. I really liked the fun, bold main character and the world that I got to see. The character designs are fun and liked the variety of stories. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from TKO Studios and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Misa

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I liked it so much. I liked everything about this story or the artwork, it was what I was looking for as a fantasy graphic novel. There are all the best elements for an imaginative world such as: magic, adventures with fantasic creatures "DRAGON", dwarves, a hidden treasure/secrets/identity, fights,..etc. Our main female character, Luvender, is funny with some mystery and secrects about her story, she is stron Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I liked it so much. I liked everything about this story or the artwork, it was what I was looking for as a fantasy graphic novel. There are all the best elements for an imaginative world such as: magic, adventures with fantasic creatures "DRAGON", dwarves, a hidden treasure/secrets/identity, fights,..etc. Our main female character, Luvender, is funny with some mystery and secrects about her story, she is strong and just wants to have a good meal and some gold which will lead her to a number of misadventures. I was happy for this discovery because I've never heard about this comic book. The artwork is one style that I love and works greatly with the story. I'm looking for the next book and I will be happy to follow the adventures of this crazy odd company.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christina Clouse

    I received an eARC in return for an honest review of this graphic novel; thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity. What a delightful and classic fantasy adventure story! If you love D&D and stories of fantasy adventure, illustrated beautifully, then this one is for you. I had not previously heard of this series previously but it was quite a fun romp. The story has great character and world building, the imagery enhances the story properly and there’s a fantastic element of mystery I received an eARC in return for an honest review of this graphic novel; thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity. What a delightful and classic fantasy adventure story! If you love D&D and stories of fantasy adventure, illustrated beautifully, then this one is for you. I had not previously heard of this series previously but it was quite a fun romp. The story has great character and world building, the imagery enhances the story properly and there’s a fantastic element of mystery that really makes you want to continue the journey with these characters. Recommend if you enjoy diverse fantasy with strong female characters, found family, and a protagonist with lots of issues and secrets.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Vera

    Thank you Netgalley and TKO Studios for the chance to review this wild adventure ride graphic novel. Readers are first introduced to Luvander a rambunctious treasure hunter sitting at a table playing cards. Her optimistic manner and nonchalant manner make her an easy character to fall in love with. I love the way the graphic is drawn, bright colors in a fanatical world surrounded by myths and legends of a dragon. Lu's journey and at times crazy involvement in other's people business, gets her into Thank you Netgalley and TKO Studios for the chance to review this wild adventure ride graphic novel. Readers are first introduced to Luvander a rambunctious treasure hunter sitting at a table playing cards. Her optimistic manner and nonchalant manner make her an easy character to fall in love with. I love the way the graphic is drawn, bright colors in a fanatical world surrounded by myths and legends of a dragon. Lu's journey and at times crazy involvement in other's people business, gets her into more than what she originally plans. However I am interested in seeing who and what exactly Lu is; her crazy strength and light hearted personality makes the adventure worthy following. Definitely looking forward to reading more of Lu's story and what she may be running from.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Oliver

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley and I was pretty excited because I love comics and I love dragons, so the title and genre caught my eye. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I only got about halfway through this before I lost total interest. I didn't find any of the characters particularly interesting and, for me, characters are the most important part of a story. If I'm not interested in the character's journey or I don't like them, then I'm probably not going to be able to get into it. Also, I got this as an ARC from NetGalley and I was pretty excited because I love comics and I love dragons, so the title and genre caught my eye. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I only got about halfway through this before I lost total interest. I didn't find any of the characters particularly interesting and, for me, characters are the most important part of a story. If I'm not interested in the character's journey or I don't like them, then I'm probably not going to be able to get into it. Also, if a story can't grab me 50% of the way through, then it's never going to grab me. This book just wasn't for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

    Scales and Scoundrels is an all age comic that follows a young adventurer who is on the hunt for gold and glory. It did take me a bit to get into the story, but I think my students will be instantly hooked. The art is perfect for an all ages comic. It isn't too detailed to distract your younger readers, but there is enough detail your older readers won't be bored. I really enjoyed the story, while it was slow in the beginning I got to the last page of the review copy and was so disappointed ther Scales and Scoundrels is an all age comic that follows a young adventurer who is on the hunt for gold and glory. It did take me a bit to get into the story, but I think my students will be instantly hooked. The art is perfect for an all ages comic. It isn't too detailed to distract your younger readers, but there is enough detail your older readers won't be bored. I really enjoyed the story, while it was slow in the beginning I got to the last page of the review copy and was so disappointed there wasn't more. I can't wait to dive in to volume 2. Creative Team: Written by Sebastian Girner Art by Galaad Lettering and Design by Jeff Powell

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    What starts out as Dungeons & Dragons-like party of adventures begins to morph into a greater story of dragons and demons, and the one rogue who wanders the world too good for the leagues of evil but too supernatural for the ordinary people. I was surprised how invested I was by the end of the first arc, and when the back half of the book morphed into individual adventures of Lu I was hooked. Galaad's art is great, and shows it's anime and Ghibli influences clearly. Sometimes the lettering and a What starts out as Dungeons & Dragons-like party of adventures begins to morph into a greater story of dragons and demons, and the one rogue who wanders the world too good for the leagues of evil but too supernatural for the ordinary people. I was surprised how invested I was by the end of the first arc, and when the back half of the book morphed into individual adventures of Lu I was hooked. Galaad's art is great, and shows it's anime and Ghibli influences clearly. Sometimes the lettering and action can be difficult to follow but the characters are dynamic and animated, which really draws me into the fantasy realm ready to adventure.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pedro Gomes

    When I began reading Scales and Scoundrels I had a hard time getting into it, it felt like other stories revolving around a quirky main protagonist doing wacky things, but thankfully that all changed as Luvanna meets her soon to be traveling partners. They added more to the story and as more details became clear of everyone’s motivation everything came together nicely. What started as a middling adventure truly ended with some heart and I found myself truly wanting to see how it ended. Would the When I began reading Scales and Scoundrels I had a hard time getting into it, it felt like other stories revolving around a quirky main protagonist doing wacky things, but thankfully that all changed as Luvanna meets her soon to be traveling partners. They added more to the story and as more details became clear of everyone’s motivation everything came together nicely. What started as a middling adventure truly ended with some heart and I found myself truly wanting to see how it ended. Would the dwarf woman find closure? Would the prince and his guard complete their rite of passage? Would Luvanna’s secrets be shared? And the few stories after the main tale resolves itself was a satisfying desert after the main course.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Love this comic. Read it as issues when it came through image but couldn’t resist this collection from TKO. A dragon ‘disguised’ as a human journeys through the lands in search of treasure and answers. This book feels more like D and D than any D&D comic. It’s personality and character first before specifics and plot and it sings. The art by Galaad is simple and clear and expressive. An all ages style that speaks to me. Looking forward to reading part 2.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie C. Duncan

    Mystery, intrigue, action, secret identities, quests, dragons, demons, this one has it all! Mysterious Lu is a treasure hunter who runs into a small company including a naive prince, a brooding bodyguard, and a dwarf afraid of the dark. Throw in a tracker who follows Lu's every step, and let the adventure begin! Mystery, intrigue, action, secret identities, quests, dragons, demons, this one has it all! Mysterious Lu is a treasure hunter who runs into a small company including a naive prince, a brooding bodyguard, and a dwarf afraid of the dark. Throw in a tracker who follows Lu's every step, and let the adventure begin!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dame Samara

    Is Scales & Scoundrels, a play on Dungeons and Dragons? Yes. It was a BLAST! Lu is the type of protagonist that makes every page a joy to read. And there is so much going on! I ended this with so may questions and so excited to open the next book. Because I need to know EVERYTHING! If you like D&D or D&D type things you will enjoy this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    So much fun. I’m a sucker for fantasy stories, especially those with dragons, elves, dwarves, mercenaries, piles of treasure, and adventure around every corner. The art is vibrant and dynamic. All the characters are multi-faceted, with interesting histories that tug at the heartstrings. If you love dungeons & dragons or the fantasy genre in general, you will thoroughly enjoy this!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia Pika

    Thanks to TKO Studios & NetGalley for the early copy in exchange for an honest review. Sadly, I wasn't a huge fan of this. Couldn't really get into any of the characters and it didn't help that I did not like how their faces were drawn. The backgrounds were beautifully drawn, however. A fun adventure romp. Thanks to TKO Studios & NetGalley for the early copy in exchange for an honest review. Sadly, I wasn't a huge fan of this. Couldn't really get into any of the characters and it didn't help that I did not like how their faces were drawn. The backgrounds were beautifully drawn, however. A fun adventure romp.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

    A crazy fun sword and sorcery type of graphic that pushes the main character stories so well, while still providing plenty of background mythos. I enjoyed the artwork immensely! I found the whole novel fun and engaging with a fast story that kept me involved. I'm excited to read the next installment. **Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. A crazy fun sword and sorcery type of graphic that pushes the main character stories so well, while still providing plenty of background mythos. I enjoyed the artwork immensely! I found the whole novel fun and engaging with a fast story that kept me involved. I'm excited to read the next installment. **Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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