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Recommended. By Jean-Christophe Derrien. Art by Xavier Fourquemin. After many years abroad, Prudence Endicott is back in England to bury her mother — the city’s Conciliator. What’s that? It’s a righter of wrongs! Our young woman immediately carries on, spending her nights in the working-class neighborhoods, helping the poor and humble. But she discovers the world of the Forgotten, little people who live under the city…on the brink of open revolt! Can she prevent the coming war? Translated from the first appearance in France. Cinebook, 2021.

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After many years abroad, Prudence Endicott is back in England to bury her mother — the city’s Conciliator. What’s that? It’s a righter of wrongs! Our young woman immediately carries on, spending her nights in the working-class neighborhoods, helping the poor and humble. But she discovers the world of the Forgotten, little people who live under the city…on the brink of open revolt! Can she prevent the coming war? Translated from the first appearance in France.

This isn’t steam punk, though it’s based in Victorian England. It’s a charming adventure story, first published in France and now translated to English with part two available also.

The characters, major and minor, were well-developed as well as the conflicts and relationships. The world was vivid, too. Most of the story takes place at night and so there are overarching tones of deep blue, brown, yellow, and black. The artwork carries the ambiance of a Whistler painting, but with more defined line-work. I loved this story, and can’t wait to read the next installment.” -Tiffersbooks

A lovely Dickensian look to the whole thing, a breeziness about it to match her easy-going bearing as she goes about her business, and more add to the joys here. Oh, and the raised eyebrows are from the peculiar humor that has got the two simpletons of the underworld named after people in the band Underworld, namely Karl Hyde and Darren Emerson (“a lecherous pig”). No eyebrows to be raised at the cliff-hanger ending here — the second half is almost an essential purchase after enjoying the first volume. Four and a half stars – great fun.” -Theediscerning

I really liked this, probably because I am sucker for creepy Victorian stories set in England. I liked the no-nonsense character of Miss Endicott Jr. and her struggle to basically try to live two lives in order to attempt to live up with her deceased mother’s expectations and her legacy.” -Elia

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