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Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling


Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling

DELILAH DIRK AND THE KING’S SHILLING is the second book in the Delilah Dirk series from Tony Cliff. The series follows the titular character, Delilah and her adventuring companion Erdemoglu Selim. The pair traipse around Europe and the Mediterranean in early the early 1800s seeking adventure and otherwise getting themselves into trouble.

"Tony Cliff’s art is exemplary. The visuals are fun and engaging, highly colorful and adventurous."

The book begins as the pair rescue a son from his evil father, returning the boy to his mother. It continues as they later are captured by a corrupt military officer, only to escape and find themselves near Dirk’s hometown. The real story begins as Dirk rejoins her original life as a wealthy lady in the aristocracy of Great Britain. Using her status and connections she attempts to find out the enemy officer’s secret plans. Dirk and Selim, with some unexpected local help, devise a scheme to foil the officer, save many lives and perhaps the entire war effort.

Having not read the first book in the series, I was a little lost. This particular volume doesn’t really give us a whole lot of information behind Dirk’s motivations. We don’t know why she’s on the certain side of a war, what she is trying to accomplish in her adventures, nor why she’s places herself in harm’s way for others. The bulk of the book is spent as she is resuming the mantle of an eligible aristocratic lady that she had previously set down to go adventuring. While this second act can get a little dry, there is a lot of fun to be had watching Dirk bristle at having to act ladylike and seeing Selim play her manservant.

Tony Cliff’s art is exemplary. The visuals are fun and engaging, highly colorful and adventurous. There are a few minor hiccups and confusing panel choices but these won’t get in the way of most readers’ entertainment. Cliff’s cartooning is a joy to look at and his color choices really bring the action to life. The art alone is worth the cover price and the story will keep you turning pages.

Reviewed by Michael Lee Harris on August 14, 2018

Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling
by Tony Cliff