Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling - Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk and the Blades of England lands Delilah and Selim right in the middle of yet more crazy adventures. When Delilah is framed as a spy by an English army officer, her passion for revenge threatens to sever her friendship with Selim. Is she willing to lose the companionship of her only good friend in order to reclaim her reputation? Selim finally gets to see the England he has only imagined, but how will he feel when the combined strains of social conventions and Delilah’s thirst for revenge overwhelm his experience?

A super kick-ass female protagonist, colourful and dynamic illustrations, and an energetic story, Delilah Dirk's newest adventure is not to be missed! I very much enjoyed Cliff's first book in the series, and this book not only matches the first, but actually exceeds it in complexity and character development. And even amidst all the action and fighting, there's not an excessive amount of blood, violence, or gore, which is often difficult to find in graphic novels these days.

In this instalment we get to see more of Delilah's backstory. We get to meet some of her family, find out some old secrets, and see her relationship with Mr. Selim develop and strengthen. There is intrigue, spying, lies, sword fighting, daring chases, sailing adventures, and lots of explosions. For action and adventure fans, this is a graphic novel not to be missed. For fans of books featuring strong, feminist themes, this is a text that you need to check out.

There's so much to love and enjoy in Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling. I Highly Recommend it!


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