Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling

Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling

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Globetrotting troublemaker Delilah Dirk and her loyal friend Selim are just minding their own business, peacefully raiding castles and traipsing across enemy lines, when they attract the unwanted attention of the English Army. Before they know it, Delilah and Selim have gotten themselves accused of espionage against the British crown!

Delilah will do whatever it takes to clear her good name, be it sneaking, skirmishing, or even sword fighting... But can she bring herself to wear a pretty dress and have a nice cup of tea with her mother? Delilah Dirk may be defeated at last. By Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling .

Publisher: New York, NY :, First Second,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781626721555
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Cliff
Characteristics: 263 pages :,color illustrations ;,22 cm


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SPL_Robyn Jul 28, 2016

Reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, August 2016

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samcmar Jun 27, 2017

My love for the Delilah Dirk series holds absolutely no bounds. This series has an amazing sense of humour, great and captivating characters, and they simply take you on a wonderful journey. While I didn't like this collection as much as The Turkish Lieutenant, I still enjoyed my time with The King's Shilling.

What I loved in this particular installment is that we finally get some huge insight into Delilah's character and her backstory. Sadly we don't get as much with Selim, as he seems to appear more in the background of this collection, hopefully he'll have more of a focus next time. But seriously, I loved how gripping Delilah's backstory was and how intricate it felt. She's such a wonderfully layered heroine, and Cliff continues to make her feel so real at times. Her imperfections, her drive, her sass and courage, really just make her so captivating to read about.

While I won't spoil a lot of what happens in this collection, what I will say that I do think it's a fantastic follow up to The Turkish Lieutenant. While it doesn't have the same fast pace, what The King's Shilling gets dead on is it's absolutely to suck the reader into the world and the narrative, and Cliff gives the reader so much to uncover. His artwork continues to shine, and I love how expressive his characters are -- even those in the background.

While you'll have to wait until March to get your hands on this collection, it truly is worth the wait. As long as Tony Cliff continues to publish this series, I will continue to be an avid reader because I simply adore Delilah and Selim to pieces. If you haven't read The Turkish Lieutenant, get on that so you can join in the fun that is the Delilah Dirk series.

AL_JOSHUAS 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.

JCLStefanieE Apr 23, 2016

In this second installment we get to learn about Delilah Dirk's past and travel to England to avenge her honor. The illustrations are gorgeous and the facial expressions priceless! Delilah Dirk is a 19th Century Robin Hood/Indiana Jones mashup who is sure to delight Teens and Adults alike. I adore this series and can't wait to read another adventure featuring Mr. Selim and Miss Dirk.


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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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