Graphic Novel Review: Bera the One-Headed Troll

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Graphic Novel Review: Bera the One-Headed TrollBera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard
Published by First Second on August 2nd 2016
Pages: 128

Bera doesn't ask for much in life. She's a solitary, humble troll, tending her island pumpkin patch in cheerful isolation. She isn't looking for any trouble.

But when trouble comes to find her, it comes in spades. A human baby has arrived in the realm of the trolls, and nobody knows where it came from, but Bera seems to be the only person who doesn't want it dead. There's nothing to it but to return the adorable little thing to its parents.

Like it or not, Bera's gone and found herself a quest.


Bera has always lived alone and kept to herself on her island. When she finds the mermaids playing with a baby, she steps in and saved the child, not knowing it will send her on the biggest adventure of her life. Bera normally is just a gardener, who grows pumpkins, but now she must find where the baby came from and get her back there. Bera knows she cannot do it alone and seeks out the heroes of the stories she has heard.

I became really engrossed in this world, I love how each step made Bera stronger and it became more and more evident that she would have to become her own hero. The artwork is beautiful and the dialogue so lovely. I love the different trials Bera must endure and in the end a decision she has to make that will change her forever.


A wonderful story of a lonely troll who steps up and becomes a hero.

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