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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616550902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616550905
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,528,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alt on July 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Domovoi's whimsical artistic style is attention-grabbing, but entirely appropriate for a surrealistic story that features a talking cat. In contrast to the art (including the striking coloring), the story's narrative is dark. The death of Jennie's grandmother, Vasilisi, has unleashed evil forces. Jennie's Uncle Ivan is an ancestral spirit, a denizen of the Thrice-Tenth Kingdom, as are his family members, despite their human form. Ivan is safeguarding bones Vasilisi allegedly stole from Bolshoi Korol, but other spirits, the Poleviki, are after them for reasons that are not immediately clear. Ivan sends Jennie into hiding with the bones, but she must eventually decide whether surrendering them will restore her family's honor.

While Domovoi is an odd but clever tale of the supernatural, it's also Jennie's coming-of-age story. Granted, she is coming-of-age as someone whose immediate problems are not those of a typical young woman, but her struggle with her destiny, her struggle to choose her own path, has a universal dimension. It is a story of loss and sacrifice and courage that happens to be informed by some pretty cool supernatural characters. It is told with an economy of language; the art often carries the plot.

Despite its deceptive simplicity, the art manages to be quite expressive, often suggesting more than it actually shows. It captures a sense of motion as panel after panel depicts Jennie making her way through beautiful landscapes. The art complements the story perfectly. The total package is an impressive display of graphic storytelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. McCoy on July 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
A young woman named Jennie, her crazy Uncle Ivan, her talking cat Bulka, and a couple crazy hitmen are a few of the wonderful characters to be discovered within Domovoi, a brilliant graphic novel by Peter Bergting. Within the first few pages, Jennie is being chased through the streets by a car driven by supernatural hit men, and the journey from there only gets stranger as secrets from the past are threatened to be revealed and must be protected.

Setting the story in the old town of Stockholm gives the story a classic fairytale feel, but touches of the modern world poke out around the edges in unexpected ways. Also, if all cats were like Bulka, the adorable and wise talking cat, I might actually like cats. Jennie is a smart, capable heroine who is in over her head, but willing to do whatever it takes to solve the problem. The hitmen provide some unexpected humor, when they are not trying to kill Jennie, and the story has some good twists and turns before it's all done.

The art is stunning. The panels don't feel crowded, but there is an amazing array of details and textures. This is an artist who knows how to use space. The color palette is subdued and tends to darken subtly as the story moves along. There are a limited number of colors used on each page, but they are used to great effect as colors highlight brighten, but never overwhelm. John Arcudi's introduction to the book is glowing of the talent here and I couldn't agree more. It all feels so well planned and deliberate, and I highly recommend it.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Domovoi is a beautifully illustrated fairy tale drawing upon Scandinavian and Baltic influences to weave a coming of age tale of a young girl. The artwork nicely complements the story, bringing the folklore tales to life in a wonderful way. If only all graphic novels, especially with young protagonists and YA in general, were this magical (and even funny in places).

Our young Heroine, Jennie, has a legacy of supernatural dealings. When her grandmother dies, she sets upon a journey to confront a sorcerer who wants returned magic stolen from him by her relative. Along the journey she is joined by her talking cat and a house spirit - and she'll make friends of enemies as she goes.

Jennie is a grounded character making the best of impossible situations. She's very likeable in her pragmatism in that magical world. And for once, we have a female character not mooning after a cute boy (I fear if this had been written by anyone else, the cat would have turned into a hunky teen). The magical creatures are both fascinating and mystical, and the path she takes fascinating.

Really, the lure of this book is the artwork. The illustrator knows how to place and work with positive and negative space in a masterful way that brings out the whimsy, danger, supernatural, horror, and comedy perfectly. And though the characters may lack some depth or motivation, really, it added to the mystery of the story for me.

The book is necessarily short but made up for by the beautiful artwork. I wish the ending was a bit more drawn out (it feels abrupt) but otherwise I enjoyed this book, especially the Russian fairytales (Rusalka, anyone?).

Received as an ARC from the publisher.
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