When Jakob, Vögelein's Guardian of fifty years, dies quietly in his sleep one night, her life is thrown into utter turmoil. Left without someone to wind her, the tiny clockwork faerie has less than five hours to live -- unless she can find someone to trust. Unable to reach the keyhole in her back, she continues to wind down until she stops -- and then her memories of the past three hundred years will quickly slip away, leaving her as a simple automaton unable to speak or move on her own.
In her search for a new Guardian, Vögelein must grapple with her own past, her current daily survival and a true Faerie who has taken an instant disliking to her, all so she will not lose her memories -- and her self.
One of Booklist's Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth 2003
"A wonderfully creative graphic novel. . . This modern fable is a rare treasure. . ."
"Jane Irwin's Vögelein is the great undiscovered gem of independent
comics. Don't let its sparkle pass you by."
-- Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics
"Vögelein is a sweet and fresh take on contemporary fairy tales."
-- Charles de Lint, author of Someplace to Be Flying
"Vögelein is delicately painted. Delicately written. Historically rigorous. Being part Roma, it's good to see someone writing with sympathy about that wandering people."
-- Donna Barr, creator of Stinz
"Jane Irwin is one of those rare comics creators who can see clearly beneath the glossy surface most of us skate over like so many water bugs. She returns from beneath with sparkling charms and quiet horrors. A bright new performer."
-- Mark Oakley, creator of Thieves and Kings