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Discover a graphic novel unlike any other--a brilliant steampunk reimagining of Frankenstein set in colonial Mexico. In the Republic of Santander, non-Christian magic is frowned upon, if not outright prohibited. But when Cristina Franco, an apprentice shaman, is killed by witch owls, her brother Enrique cannot let her go. With forbidden alchemy and engineering, Enrique brin Discover a graphic novel unlike any other--a brilliant steampunk reimagining of Frankenstein set in colonial Mexico. In the Republic of Santander, non-Christian magic is frowned upon, if not outright prohibited. But when Cristina Franco, an apprentice shaman, is killed by witch owls, her brother Enrique cannot let her go. With forbidden alchemy and engineering, Enrique brings her back to life: part human, part machine. Though her very existence is an abomination to Santander's citizens, Cristina vows to use her new abilities to protect her country from attack. With help from a handsome skinwalker named Mateo, Cristina and Enrique track down the witch owl coven and uncover a sinister plot to bring Santander under the rule of the Witch Owl Parliament, whose legendary cruelty would dismantle the country's hard-won freedoms. At the same time, Indigenous folks and immigrants are disappearing from Santander--including Enrique's beloved, Gaspar. Could the attacks and the disappearances be related? As the witch owls attack more trains and more refugees go missing, the trio must uncover the witch owls' origins to understand their weakness. Energetic illustrations by Pura Belpré Award winner Raúl the Third bring to life the words of award-winning author and poet David Bowles. Don't miss this amazing first volume of the Clockwork Curandera trilogy!


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Discover a graphic novel unlike any other--a brilliant steampunk reimagining of Frankenstein set in colonial Mexico. In the Republic of Santander, non-Christian magic is frowned upon, if not outright prohibited. But when Cristina Franco, an apprentice shaman, is killed by witch owls, her brother Enrique cannot let her go. With forbidden alchemy and engineering, Enrique brin Discover a graphic novel unlike any other--a brilliant steampunk reimagining of Frankenstein set in colonial Mexico. In the Republic of Santander, non-Christian magic is frowned upon, if not outright prohibited. But when Cristina Franco, an apprentice shaman, is killed by witch owls, her brother Enrique cannot let her go. With forbidden alchemy and engineering, Enrique brings her back to life: part human, part machine. Though her very existence is an abomination to Santander's citizens, Cristina vows to use her new abilities to protect her country from attack. With help from a handsome skinwalker named Mateo, Cristina and Enrique track down the witch owl coven and uncover a sinister plot to bring Santander under the rule of the Witch Owl Parliament, whose legendary cruelty would dismantle the country's hard-won freedoms. At the same time, Indigenous folks and immigrants are disappearing from Santander--including Enrique's beloved, Gaspar. Could the attacks and the disappearances be related? As the witch owls attack more trains and more refugees go missing, the trio must uncover the witch owls' origins to understand their weakness. Energetic illustrations by Pura Belpré Award winner Raúl the Third bring to life the words of award-winning author and poet David Bowles. Don't miss this amazing first volume of the Clockwork Curandera trilogy!

30 review for The Witch Owl Parliament

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    so much love for steampunk retellings

  2. 5 out of 5

    Babsidi

    Cool concept with a rocky execution. The plot of the story rushes onward without only the barest of character establishment and the assumption that the reader knows everything about this world already. Could have used a lot more story development, especially concerning the magic systems and the geography of things. It is a really cool concept, though. The author's note was honestly my favorite part and I wish a really good editor had been able to come in and help the author hammer out their visio Cool concept with a rocky execution. The plot of the story rushes onward without only the barest of character establishment and the assumption that the reader knows everything about this world already. Could have used a lot more story development, especially concerning the magic systems and the geography of things. It is a really cool concept, though. The author's note was honestly my favorite part and I wish a really good editor had been able to come in and help the author hammer out their vision a bit more before publishing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I think I need a print version to make any final determination because the digital version was hard on the eyes. The pencil sketching with sparse color but with very intricate design because of the sci fi steampunk world left me reeling at each page at what to look at and then too distracted to readily fold in the narrative that went along with it. It has to be a slow read for that reason to connect the reimagining with the character motivations how it plays off of a classic story but also under I think I need a print version to make any final determination because the digital version was hard on the eyes. The pencil sketching with sparse color but with very intricate design because of the sci fi steampunk world left me reeling at each page at what to look at and then too distracted to readily fold in the narrative that went along with it. It has to be a slow read for that reason to connect the reimagining with the character motivations how it plays off of a classic story but also understand this world that's been created. It would take a dedicated reader.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Magic and steampunk in an alternate 19th century Mexico? Sign me up! I really enjoyed this graphic novel, and I can’t wait for the next volume in the series. At first, I didn’t care for the art, but it grew on me, and now I think it is perfectly suited to the story. I especially like the use of red here and there, so it’s not just black and white. I’ll definitely be backing the Kickstarter for volume 2.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Really interesting concept! Steampunk Frankenstein in Mexico? Very original. I liked it, but I did feel like it skipped around too much, and the art wasn't as engaging as I'd hoped. Would still recommend. Really interesting concept! Steampunk Frankenstein in Mexico? Very original. I liked it, but I did feel like it skipped around too much, and the art wasn't as engaging as I'd hoped. Would still recommend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    A very interesting reimagining of Shelley's Frankenstein with a Latinx steampunk influence. Clearly drawn from close research of Mexican/Texan native populations and folk beliefs, I can't wait to see more of this world and its adventures. A very interesting reimagining of Shelley's Frankenstein with a Latinx steampunk influence. Clearly drawn from close research of Mexican/Texan native populations and folk beliefs, I can't wait to see more of this world and its adventures.

  7. 5 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    Raul the Third has such specific artistic gifts. I could tell right away he illustrated this graphic novel. I loved the Latin American aspects of this Frankenstein reimagining graphic novel. All the Latinx love here!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz

  10. 5 out of 5

    Online Chem Web

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    A. Ramirez

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    Stephanie

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    Zackman

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    Dragon Is In Her Book Cave

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kris

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah

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    Andrew

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

  21. 5 out of 5

    Thrashboy666

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peyotitlan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pernille Ripp

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

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    Dawn

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    Chari

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    Kelley

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Frick

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abby

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