I had been wanting to read Letters for Lucardo ever since someone told me about it, and I’m so happy to report that it didn’t disappoint!
The thing that really drew me to this graphic novel is that it has so much diversity/inclusivity, including kinds that you don’t normally see in vampire romance. (Updated to add: Having read the second volume, I now realize they’re some sort of immortal shapeshifters that sometimes drink blood.) The supernatural being is Black. His human lover is about 60 years old. Both had such realistically portrayed bodies that weren’t of the ripped 6-pack variety. And these things were all included in such a great way (like Ed feeling self-conscious about his older body, compared to Lucardo’s younger body, and Lucardo showing him that he had no reason to be).
And Ed and Lucardo were so cute together! It seemed like the book focused a lot on the sex (this is labeled as an erotic graphic novel), not a whole lot to show the non-sex parts of the relationship, but I still found their relationship adorable and believable. I could still feel that they cared for each other in a way that was about more than just sex.
Also, I have to say, the sex scenes were lovely. They were full of sweetness and consent and naughtiness and communication and nice touches of realism.
Ed and Lucardo were both really cute separately too. Both of them were just adorable, lovable characters.
The story itself also gave me some feels. It’s about these two starting a relationship, but it’s not necessarily an easy one. Lucardo’s family is judgmental about him dating a human who’s too old to be turned. Ed feels self-conscious about his age, and he doesn’t fit in among the vampires. Both have to contend with the knowledge that their relationship doesn’t have as much time to play out as it would if Ed were younger. So the cute moments had me with a goofy grin on my face, but the heavier moments had me wanting to give poor Ed a hug.
Last but not least, the art was black and white, but it was always clear and easy to see what was going on.
Overall, I loved this inclusive and trope-breaking fantasy love story, the characters were adorable, and I’m very glad I already have the next volume to jump straight into because that was quite an ending, and I’m not really sure what might happen as this story continues!
Anyone who likes erotic graphic novels, inclusivity/diversity, and books with romance between humans and paranormals that go against the usual tropes.
Letters for Lucardo is the first erotic graphic novel in Noora Heikkilä’s four-part series about the dangerous love between human and superhuman. Ed Fiedler is a common man. 61 years old and employed as a scribe in a royal palace, his most regular client is Lucardo von Gishaupt, a forever-young aristocrat . . . and member of the mysterious and revered Night Court. When the eternally 33-year-old Lucardo and the aging Ed develop feelings for one another, both are forced to contend with the culture shock of a mortal man’s presence among the deathless, the perilous disapproval of the sitting Lord of the Night Court, and Ed’s own ever-present mortality, threatening to bring an end to their romance in the blink of an everlasting eye.
Book Author: Otava Heikkila
Publisher: Iron Circus Comics
Series: Letters for Lucardo
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Graphic Novel, High Fantasy, LGBTQIA
My Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series