Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling

Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling

Graphic Novel - 2016
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When globe trotting troublemaker Delilah Dirk and her friend Selim are accused of espionage against the British crown, they must clear their names, even if it means returning to respectability.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626721555
Branch Call Number: YAGN CLIFF
Characteristics: 263 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: King's shilling


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KateHillier Nov 28, 2018

This is everything I want in a sequel. We have more fun and things get more serious without the fun and adventure being totally lost. We have Mr. Salim learning a lot of Deliliah after three years of adventuring with her. Most of the book is spent in England which is a different kind of adventure for the pair but the intrigue and growth are almost more challenging. There are so great moment here between the two and also between Deliliah and her family. Alos some great fight scenes.

Sep 25, 2018

This second installation of Delilah Dirk has all the beautiful art style of the first book. The chemistry between Delilah and Mr. Selim is still great and we get a little insight into Delilah's background. Another fun read!

DPLjosie Jun 13, 2018

Super fun swashbuckling adventure! And so many secrets revealed!!

Sep 22, 2016

This one was so much better than Vol 1. The first was good but it was lacking a story with something to dig into, this one fixed that problem and it was great!

Aug 25, 2016

This is the first time I've read Delilah Dirk, and I have to say that is was surprisingly good! I never thought I'd like this type of book! Delilah's character is so diverse which makes this book one of a kind. I can't wait to read more!

Aug 21, 2016

Great book, I can't wait for more. Good for teens.

me_tis_awesome Aug 17, 2016

Once again Delilah Dirk doesn't fail to disapoint. And Merrick soon learns, that no one treats a traitor with respect.

SPL_Robyn Jul 28, 2016

Reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, August 2016

Jun 06, 2016

In her second volume, female Victorian adventurer Delilah Dirk continues to get herself into (and out of) hot water with alacrity and wit, Here she acquires a new and annoyingly persistent enemy, who seeks to destroy her reputation (such as it is).

mvkramer May 09, 2016

Another exciting volume! I found Delilah's extreme concern over her reputation a bit alienating - it hadn't really been set up well.

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Sep 25, 2018

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SPL_Robyn Jul 28, 2016

Constantinople, 1807. In the service of the Sultan, supreme leader of the Ottoman Empire, Erdemoglu Selim must fight for his wages – not ideal for a man more romantic philosopher than warrior. He is called upon to interrogate a foreign prisoner, a woman, no less, named Delilah Dirk, but then is accused of being in cahoots with her plan to steal ancient scrolls from the Sultan’s library. Selim is saved from execution in rather spectacular fashion by the same Delilah Dirk, who did indeed come to steal some ancient scrolls and they make a hasty escape in her flying boat before heading off to their next adventures.

Selim’s superpower is making superb tea and the ability to reason. Delilah’s superpower is everything else – archery, swordswomanship, picking locks, acrobatics, flying boats. They both have an overwhelming sense of honour, too, but in an interesting role reversal from most swashbuckling narratives, Selim honours his debts and gains even more wisdom, while Delilah is slightly more egotistical; she will fight to the death anyone who insults her reputation.

Canadian author / illustrator Tony Cliff began this graphic novel series online, and it moved into print in 2013. It and its sequel (Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling, released in 2016), have rich sepia-toned, witty illustrations (really, the scenery is quite breathtaking), distinct characters, and bantering dialogue full of irony and bombastic action. The historical setting appears to have been thoroughly researched - this is Jane Austen’s Regency period, but with some fairly significant twists. The plots are character-driven but daring and heroic, with very little blood depicted, making this a graphic novel series to be enjoyed by tweens, teens and adults alike, especially for anyone who likes resilient female characters. Delilah is a strong-willed female character whose flaws are obvious; however this makes her potential for growth nearly endless.


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mvkramer May 09, 2016

Violence: Swordfights and some shooting. Nothing too graphic.


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