Trystan is a young fauni girl, who wishes she could work magic properly, thereby finding acceptance in Fauni society. Day in, day out, she works at her uncle’s shop, the butt of all the town’s jokes. Until by chance, she finds a long-forgotten bone doll. The doll, Kay, is actually the soul of a human, a cursed slave to any witch or wizard who casts the awakening spell on her. But Trystan isn’t looking for a servant, only a friend. Since her bone doll form renders escape possible, Kay reluctantly remains with her new owner, grudgingly forging a bond. But at night, she dreams of a man named Perrane and a ghostly owl, while searching for a memory that will unlock her past. As for the waking world, Trystan’s siblings are determined to finally fix her magical abilities and see her placed in a decent job, raising their respectability in Fauni society. But the father of all three, Oldman Wicker, has his own mysterious goals about Trystan’s magic. Through it all, Trystan and Kay form a close bond that promises deep friendship in an unfriendly world.
Christy Morgan, the writer, has created a world where magic is the norm, and those without it are shunned as different, a flip on the usual tropes of magic vs non magic. The writing is well paced, each chapter carrying its own self-contained arc that connects to the overall story. The story first develops the bond between Trystan and Kay, gradually extending outwards to include family and friends. There are several chapter breaks, where Morgan presents brief texts which help extend the comic universe.
Morgan has three different illustrations she uses for her comic: the Dreaming World, the Waking World, and the chapter breaks. The Dreaming has soft outlines, adding to the surreal quality of the landscapes and characters. The colors are often deep blues, violets, and blacks, to show the reflecting the night, with some brightness for nightmares. The Waking World is sharper, with clear outlines and bright colors. The chapter breaks are less pictures, more words, similar to a screen-shot of a book. The accompanying pictures are drawn in the late-medieval style, with thick lines and primary colors.
The story is relatively new, so the build-up has just begun, but it promises to be good story, as Kay and Trystan delve deeper into their pasts and possible futures. You can read their further adventures at Forgotten Order.com.