Seth T. Hahne, of GoodOkBad.com, reviews ‘Spera’ Vol. 1. ‘Spera’ is about Lono, whose life as a princess consisted of sitting, reading, and dreaming—until the day Pira, princess of a neighboring kingdom, arrived with news of a waking nightmare! With the help of Pira’s best friend—a fire spirit in the form of a dog named Yonder—the princesses now find themselves in a race against evil.
‘Spera’ takes a note from some of the best adventure stories and seems to gleefully embrace a world with dark corners and dangerous tidings. For all its beauty, lives are at stake and not everybody gets to live happily ever after. It’s the kind of story a kid could get behind—one that doesn’t feel patronizing or pandering. It’s a story that, ironically, takes off the kid gloves. Pira is a princess fleeing her own realm, abandoning a queen who is conquering and terrifying and merciless. She and her friend (?) Yonder, a fire-spirit most often taking the form of a great flaming dog, stop along their way to pick up a companion in the form of another princess. Lono’s father, the king of her realm, has just been murdered by Pira’s mother and their kingdom is fated to be put to the sword, so Pira’s arrival and invitation to flee come with fortuitous timing. The three journey through mysterious lands to find a fabled land of peace and plenty, Spera.