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In the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day—perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged. Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully—at least they try . In the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day—perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged. Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully—at least they try . . . This is the tale of Nathan, an ordinary human (or so he thinks) living an ordinary life (or so he wishes). Everything changes when he meets Haven, a mysterious creature who is neither human nor volken. Oh, and the two of them are being chased by volken mercenaries—a grumpy wolf named Bardou and a delightful crow named Sina. Nathan soon learns he has mysterious powers, even though humans aren’t supposed to have magic. But there’s no time to dwell on that because this discovery sets the group on a perilous quest across windswept terrain, through haunted forests, and in ancient tombs. Nathan and his unlikely friends must prevent an impending war and defeat a dark evil to save their land. No pressure, of course. If they fail, everything will turn into, well . . . nothing.


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In the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day—perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged. Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully—at least they try . In the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day—perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged. Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully—at least they try . . . This is the tale of Nathan, an ordinary human (or so he thinks) living an ordinary life (or so he wishes). Everything changes when he meets Haven, a mysterious creature who is neither human nor volken. Oh, and the two of them are being chased by volken mercenaries—a grumpy wolf named Bardou and a delightful crow named Sina. Nathan soon learns he has mysterious powers, even though humans aren’t supposed to have magic. But there’s no time to dwell on that because this discovery sets the group on a perilous quest across windswept terrain, through haunted forests, and in ancient tombs. Nathan and his unlikely friends must prevent an impending war and defeat a dark evil to save their land. No pressure, of course. If they fail, everything will turn into, well . . . nothing.

30 review for Fantastic Tales of Nothing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

    I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review OMG, this graphic novel has one of the most beautiful illustrations I've ever come across with!! I fell absolutely in love with them and I took my time reading it to be able to appreciate each image in detail. You can see the work that has been dedicated to this story, from the care of the illustrations to the development of the characters and the world. Super easy and dynamic to read, I think that even be I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review OMG, this graphic novel has one of the most beautiful illustrations I've ever come across with!! I fell absolutely in love with them and I took my time reading it to be able to appreciate each image in detail. You can see the work that has been dedicated to this story, from the care of the illustrations to the development of the characters and the world. Super easy and dynamic to read, I think that even being a Middle-Grade it can be super enjoyable for any age. 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You can find more fo my reviews & other fun content on my blog A Book. A Thought. In this entertaining and adventurous tale, we follow several characters but its protagonist is Nathan, a young human who lives in the land of Nothing, where humans coexist with the Volken, but that seems to be about to change. Nathan soon discovers that he has powers, powers that he's not supposed to have since humans don't have such abilities, and together with a group of magical companions, they must undertake a journey where they'll pass through many obstacles to achieve a common goal: Save the land of Nothing and destroy a dark evil. I don't usually read graphic novels, not because I don't like them, but because I suppose I haven't gotten into the habit of doing it, but it makes me very happy that I decided to read this book. It's a very entertaining adventure journey, it has a lot of magic going on and even though it take place in a land called Nothing, a LOT of things happen all the time. I loved how dynamic it felt to read it, it's a very beautiful experience, and I think that anyone who enjoys magical readings and fantasy plots could easily enjoy it. The way the story is built is beautiful, it's a graphic novel so it's obvious that it's a superb visual experience, but I also think it has the right amount of dialogue and text, especially so that we can adapt to the world and surroundings. On the other hand, it feels a lot like an introductory book, so there will surely be more volumes after this one. That wasn't a problem for me, though, but I do see that the author has focused a lot on introducing the reader to the characters and the world in a direct and brief way so that everything can feel more and more familiar and I liked this focus. I loved how the author has managed the creation of the characters, I liked all of them, some are very magical, but above all, I liked them because they're really different from each other, not only because they're different species, but you can also clearly see the difference between personalities, due to where they come from, their beliefs, experiences, and customs, which I thought was a very nice touch. It's always positive to be able to differentiate each character well by giving them something unique, especially when we follow a group of characters during a journey. Although this graphic novel is focused on a youth/middle-grade audience, it has some scenes of violence that can be shocking, as well as grief, so I wanted to mention that just in case it's something you don't want to read. On the other hand, I would like to mention that it touches on very rich topics, especially with respect to the characters and their identities. There are a couple of subplots that I would love to explore further in the future as well. This is an extremely entertaining read to spend an incredible time full of action, adventure, and lots of magic. It's perfect to read if you usually enjoy high-fantasy and especially if you like the "chosen one" plot and follow multiple characters. I think there are moments that it proves to be a fairly innovative graphic novel, that touches issues of the time in a fresh way. In summary, I highly recommend it, being a quick read there's much that I don't want to say because it could easily be a spoiler, it's also a fun book to experiment with and see by yourself. It's visually beautiful, the illustrations are unique, full of color and life. The characters are very good as well as the world-building, and the main idea of the plot is solid. I think everything is touched in a superficial way, but even so, the illustrations give it a lot of life and depth in their own way. There's a lot of magic, unique creatures, and the group goes through the most beautiful places, as well as other dangerous ones, but just as captivating. I hope you decide to give it a try because I think it's one of those graphic novels that's worth reading. Too much fun!

  2. 5 out of 5

    jocelyn

    absolutely gorgeous illustration. i would love to see this as an animated series. cw/tw: misgendering, fantasy violence, grief

  3. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    The artwork is amazing! Loved all of the scenery and the characters were so colorful. Bardou and Sina are definitely my favorites. Would LOVE to see this as an animated series. Can't wait for the next book. The artwork is amazing! Loved all of the scenery and the characters were so colorful. Bardou and Sina are definitely my favorites. Would LOVE to see this as an animated series. Can't wait for the next book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Nathan is a thief who suddenly finds himself in the woods. He ends up being saved by an individual he calls Haven, who speaks a language he does not. He thinks she might be one of the Volken; his world is divided into Humans and Volken. They manage to defeat robbers and end up joining Sina and Bardou, and head to the Capital. They talk about Lerina, who had brought peace to their world until she died. Nathan has some magical powers, which are forbidden in the Empi E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Nathan is a thief who suddenly finds himself in the woods. He ends up being saved by an individual he calls Haven, who speaks a language he does not. He thinks she might be one of the Volken; his world is divided into Humans and Volken. They manage to defeat robbers and end up joining Sina and Bardou, and head to the Capital. They talk about Lerina, who had brought peace to their world until she died. Nathan has some magical powers, which are forbidden in the Empire. When the group falls in with Ren, the spymaster for the Imperial family and Noaki, the son of the Chancellor of the Volken, they find out that Nathan is the Chosen One, and the group has quest-like adventures in order to save the kingdom. Strengths: The illustrations are great, the story fast paced, and the characters innovative and engaging. There is a lot going on in the story, and so many interesting sub plots. I imagine that this could easily be a series. Wow. Clearly, my fantasy amnesia COMBINED with my trouble reading graphic novels did not end well. Check the official description! Weaknesses: This had a standard, Anglo-Germanic/Tolkienesque medieval feel to it, and I have a lot of those books. I've been so spoiled by the Rick Riordan Presents fantasies with other cultural connections that I was a little disappointed. What I really think: This has a Nimona or Estranged vibe to it, and my students are not big fans of either of those. I will pass, but libraries who have graphic novel fans who also like fantasy will definitely want to invest in this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    A band of misfits form a reluctant alliance as they try to prevent a looming war and prevent a darkness from spreading through the land. A bit leisurely but I don't think young readers will mind. Beautiful illustrations even though I read this in galley. Eager to see the finished copy. A band of misfits form a reluctant alliance as they try to prevent a looming war and prevent a darkness from spreading through the land. A bit leisurely but I don't think young readers will mind. Beautiful illustrations even though I read this in galley. Eager to see the finished copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I think if I was reading this at a different time, I would have understood it better. But I found myself confused a couple times and that diminished my enjoyment, sadly. The art is really cute, though!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kat Foster

    This was super cute! I love the art, story, and puns. That this is told from the POV of an aspiring bard is my favorite. The only reason this isn’t a 5 star read for me is that it was lacking that wow factor. While it was a fun read, there wasn’t anything completely original to it and I felt like a lot of the lore was a bit too summarized. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adri

    CWs: Instances of misgendering, allusions to disownment, some allusions to death, some thematic violence

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    I enjoyed the story. It touched on important topics such as using correct pronouns, death, grief, anger. Every page was pure beauty. I would love to see this animated. I may not be a fan of the character, Nathan, but it didn't take away from the story at all. I enjoyed the story. It touched on important topics such as using correct pronouns, death, grief, anger. Every page was pure beauty. I would love to see this animated. I may not be a fan of the character, Nathan, but it didn't take away from the story at all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlynn

    Fantastic Tales of Nothing is an absolute masterpiece of a graphic novel. On a visual perspective, the art is amazing and the characters incredibly well drawn. I do not usually read graphic novels but this one was not only beautifully laid out, it was also easy to follow. There was a bit of a learning curve in following the speech bubbles, but I soon got the hang of it. On a character level, I just want to say this book has excellent representation of how different cultures respond and react to e Fantastic Tales of Nothing is an absolute masterpiece of a graphic novel. On a visual perspective, the art is amazing and the characters incredibly well drawn. I do not usually read graphic novels but this one was not only beautifully laid out, it was also easy to follow. There was a bit of a learning curve in following the speech bubbles, but I soon got the hang of it. On a character level, I just want to say this book has excellent representation of how different cultures respond and react to each other. I also want to say that the way the authors handle representing different languages is done well enough that I had no issues with understanding what was going on. So if you only understand English, don't worry. I won't spoil the plot for you, but I will say that this book is enjoyable for adults and teenagers alike. There are some scary moments so maybe this isn't the book for young children, but I think middle-school age and up would enjoy it. I didn't want the book to end and am very much looking forward to reading others in the series. Disclaimer- I received a free copy through a giveaway on goodreads and am voluntarily leaving a review of my own volition.

  11. 5 out of 5

    vaderbird

    5 star - Perfect 4 star - i would recommend 3 star - good 2 star - struggled to complete 1 star - could not finish

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    This was an absolute gem of a find at my local library. It hooked me right from the start with the artwork alone. Each page is done in full, bright colors, that bring the story to life. There were so many tiny details to take in that I'm sure I missed little things on each page. Even reading this in ebook formate I could tell how beautiful each page was. For me, I felt it was a wonderful addition to the story to see the forest and the way the magic of this world worked. And, the facial expressio This was an absolute gem of a find at my local library. It hooked me right from the start with the artwork alone. Each page is done in full, bright colors, that bring the story to life. There were so many tiny details to take in that I'm sure I missed little things on each page. Even reading this in ebook formate I could tell how beautiful each page was. For me, I felt it was a wonderful addition to the story to see the forest and the way the magic of this world worked. And, the facial expression they were able to pull off with Nathan was brilliant. It wasn't just the art that was amazing, but the story as well. While I'm not a huge fan of the Chosen One trope, I didn't mind it being used here. The story is set up more about this epic quest to save the world of Nothing, and the fact that Nathan is the Chosen One is sort of just a consequence of that. It's also easy to push aside because the story doesn't take itself too seriously. It's filled with humor and fourth wall breaks. I even started to pick up on the random lyrics hidden with the dialog. It's light-hearted and despite being well over three hundred pages, moves quite quickly. In fact, quite a lot happens in those three hundred pages. As Nathan's quest unfolds, we are also given the backstory of Nothing came to be. I loved the difference in the artwork between the present and the past. It made it easy to keep with the switch in timelines. As well as helped the story to keep moving, a story inside the story as both Nathan and Haven learn about the world around them. Despite the massive amounts of information that gets thrown down within this story, I was able to keep track of everything in mind as I read. Even when I put the book down several times because of real life, it was easy to pick up again. The side quests were another fun part of this story. Because what's an epic quest without side quests? What I liked about the side quests how they tied into each character. It allowed a bit of back story for each character and made it easier to connect with them. Bardou is without a doubt my favorite of the questing party. And, I was glad he got some closure with his past through this first book. I adored this first book and cannot wait for the second!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    First of all, this has maybe the most beautiful art I've ever seen in a graphic novel. It took me longer to read this book because I spent so much time staring at the illustration. Easily my favorite part of this reading experience. Secondly, the story was really interesting. It's mostly a setup for the following volumes, but I'm very intrigued. It's a quest story, very exciting and adventurous. I also grew to like the characters, although the main character Nathan annoyed me to no end at the beg First of all, this has maybe the most beautiful art I've ever seen in a graphic novel. It took me longer to read this book because I spent so much time staring at the illustration. Easily my favorite part of this reading experience. Secondly, the story was really interesting. It's mostly a setup for the following volumes, but I'm very intrigued. It's a quest story, very exciting and adventurous. I also grew to like the characters, although the main character Nathan annoyed me to no end at the beginning of the book. But he's maturing, slowly. But lastly, I need to mention a couple of minor content issues. It's a middle grade graphic novel, so it's clean as far as language and sex goes. However, a form of nature magic plays a large role in the story, and there are some obvious spiritual cautions that go along with that. It didn't bother me enough to stop reading, but this is something to keep in mind for further volumes. There is also a non-binary character, although this character is not human. This book releases in October, and I do recommend it (just read thoughtfully). It's a fun time- with astonishingly beautiful artwork!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I picked this up because, well I take out almost every graphic novel we have in the kid's section at work and this one had interesting looking art. Overall I really enjoyed it and will definitely read on to figure out what happens next. I found it a bit confusing sometimes because there were a lot of text bubbles in frames where the speaker wasn't physically present. I spent way too much time trying to figure out how conversations were progressing; like, is this a continuation of who was speakin I picked this up because, well I take out almost every graphic novel we have in the kid's section at work and this one had interesting looking art. Overall I really enjoyed it and will definitely read on to figure out what happens next. I found it a bit confusing sometimes because there were a lot of text bubbles in frames where the speaker wasn't physically present. I spent way too much time trying to figure out how conversations were progressing; like, is this a continuation of who was speaking in the last frame, or did someone else come in? I also spent a load of time trying to learn "ancient" language, which seemed to be primarily influenced by Spanish (but not completely). I really wish that with two creators of Mexican heritage, there would have been more basis in Mexican culture/Spanish language. There were some hints of it, but they felt out of place and didn't seem to tie in to the world for me (unless I missed something big). I think that this is really more of a 3 for me, but the art was luscious and it gets a star of its own. I really hope subsequent chapters fill in some of the gaps for me because there's a lot of good ingredients here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    H

    An engaging tale that moves quickly full of magic, magickal folk, and bright, colorful pictures. This is book one of the tale that establishes a world called "Nothing" (cue all the silly, bad jokes) inhabited by humans a shape-shifting race called the Volken. It does follow some of the same old tropes of an unsuspecting fellow being pulled into events larger than himself that shape the fabric of their world while meeting new friends and going on epic journeys. One of the authors must have been l An engaging tale that moves quickly full of magic, magickal folk, and bright, colorful pictures. This is book one of the tale that establishes a world called "Nothing" (cue all the silly, bad jokes) inhabited by humans a shape-shifting race called the Volken. It does follow some of the same old tropes of an unsuspecting fellow being pulled into events larger than himself that shape the fabric of their world while meeting new friends and going on epic journeys. One of the authors must have been listening to Bohemian Rhapsody while working one this; there are multiple lines from that song in the dialog.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aleap

    Illustrations are a 5. The story itself wasn't bad, I'd say a 3, but could have been stronger. With that said, I really enjoyed the premise, loved the in-story folklore/mythology, and really enjoyed the normalcy of it being set in Latinx communities/having Latinx characters. No big deal was made of things, no translations were offered. It was just there. I have to wonder if the missing people component of the story is related to the unfortunate violence and disappearance of Mexican citizens at th Illustrations are a 5. The story itself wasn't bad, I'd say a 3, but could have been stronger. With that said, I really enjoyed the premise, loved the in-story folklore/mythology, and really enjoyed the normalcy of it being set in Latinx communities/having Latinx characters. No big deal was made of things, no translations were offered. It was just there. I have to wonder if the missing people component of the story is related to the unfortunate violence and disappearance of Mexican citizens at the hands of gangs. Both creators are Mexican national Latinx, so I wouldn't say it's impossible they are referencing it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tori-Lynn

    With flavors of Amulet and Estranged is a new adventure set in the land of Nothing, where Nathan finds himself thrust into a quest he never saw coming. Humans and Volkens may be on the brink of war, but Nathan and his unlikely group of magical beings have to put aside their differences for the sake of a common goal. Along the way, they narrowly escape some harrowing situations! With full-color illustrations on every page, this story is as stunning as is it humorous and fantastical. Perfect for y With flavors of Amulet and Estranged is a new adventure set in the land of Nothing, where Nathan finds himself thrust into a quest he never saw coming. Humans and Volkens may be on the brink of war, but Nathan and his unlikely group of magical beings have to put aside their differences for the sake of a common goal. Along the way, they narrowly escape some harrowing situations! With full-color illustrations on every page, this story is as stunning as is it humorous and fantastical. Perfect for young readers ages 8-12.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth P

    I don't know if it was just me, but I had a hard time following along with the plot of this book. I couldn't quite understand the lore of the world or even which people were the "good guys" and which ones were the "bad guys". I give this book two stars for these reasons: the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, Queen references, humor, and a few places of fourth-wall breaking. I don't know if it was just me, but I had a hard time following along with the plot of this book. I couldn't quite understand the lore of the world or even which people were the "good guys" and which ones were the "bad guys". I give this book two stars for these reasons: the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, Queen references, humor, and a few places of fourth-wall breaking.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ale Green

    I'll give it to myself this time since I think didn't miss any scar on either Nathan or Bardou!!! (don't mind me, just proud of ourselves we finished this book in time and at our own expectations). ps- Fanny did all the amazing backgrounds and merged the style beautifully! I'll give it to myself this time since I think didn't miss any scar on either Nathan or Bardou!!! (don't mind me, just proud of ourselves we finished this book in time and at our own expectations). ps- Fanny did all the amazing backgrounds and merged the style beautifully!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Dix

    Kids will love this. Lots of humor, adventure and righteousness. My only criticism is that the talk bubbles were challenging at times. I wasn’t always sure who was speaking/thinking. Grades 6 and up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

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

  22. 5 out of 5

    Haley Calvin

    This was such a cute and fun read! The lore was super interesting the cast was so diverse and I just loved it and now I want more!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wilmarie (lesbe.reader on IG & TikTok)

    This was great! This was FANTASTIC! A BIG thank you to Harper Alley for sending me a copy. I WILL be reviewing it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Gorgeous, action packed, engaging!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Cute children’s fantasy comic for about age 8-10? I enjoyed it as an adult reader.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rendz

    3.75 So this was adorable! RTC!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    Definitely looking forward to more of this! Fun, and exciting. Definitely recommending this one to middle grade readers.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Quirky and unpredictable with excellent twists and surprising outcomes! Delightfully irreverent and fun!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    This is UTTERLY delightful!

  30. 4 out of 5

    VL

    A gorgeous book

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