January 05, 2018

#BookReview: Beasts Made of Night by @TochiTrueStory

About the Book: In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. 

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. 

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. 

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.

Reviewed By: Caity G.
Publisher: Razorbill
Recommended Age: Teenagers and older
Genre: Fantasy
How I Acquired this book: Penguin First-to-Reads
Overall rating: ★★★★
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About the Author: Tochi Onyebuchi is a writer based in Connecticut. He holds a MFA in Screenwriting from Tisch and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov’s and Ideomancer, among other places. Beasts Made of Night is his debut.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This book has an intricate backstory underneath that I am hoping will be revealed in a future sequel

Check out author's other books? YES!!!
Recommend this book? YES!!!

Notes and Opinions: I'm honestly not sure words can describe just how much I enjoyed this book. The concept, people paid to literally eat people's sins so those wealthy enough to afford them can live a clean, guilt-free life, absolutely entranced me and I found it hard not to just read incessantly as I got further and further into the story. The writing was beautiful, as well, and while a couple of characters weren't great, I found it twisty enough in the plot to counter it somewhat.

I don't really know what to say beyond this, so go read it for yourself and hopefully you'll love it as much as I did.

Go Into This One Knowing: It will be paced a bit differently, but at least it doesn't have some ridiculous forced romance

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