May 23, 2020

#BookReview: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge @FrancesHardinge


Synopsis: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankensteinin Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy adventure

The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. 

Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? 

When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. 


But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. 


How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?


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Rating: ★★★★
My Review: This dark fantasy was one that I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy.  When I started reading I ended up putting it down because it just wasn't meshing with me.  I decided to pick it back up and I am so glad I did.  This one was great!! If you love swashbuckling and great world building then check this one out.  I was blown away from the danger that lies within the pages and the world.  The characters were great and I think I may need to pick up another title from this author. 










Review

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Glorious thematic complexity inhabits a wildly inventive world, with the menacing roils of a dangerous sea threatening the archipelago and touches of steampunk rounding out the fantastical elements."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

**STARRED REVIEW**
“Monsters and mortals collide in this fantasy adventure that explores the hypnotic allure of fear, the adamant grip of the past, and the redeeming power of stories.”
Kirkus Reviews

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Equal parts dazzling fantasy, swashbuckling adventure, and tender coming-of-age tale, this ambitious standalone from Hardinge (A Skinful of Shadows) cautions against xenophobia, zealotry, and greed while using boldly drawn characters to illustrate storytelling’s power and fear’s role in faith."
Publishers Weekly

"Chilling and provocative, this dark fantasy will appeal to thrill seekers and cerebral tweens."
Booklist

About the Author

Frances Hardinge is the winner of the Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, one of just two young adult novels to win the major UK literary prize. Known for her beautiful use of language, Hardinge has written many critcally acclaimed novels, including Cuckoo Song, Gullstruck Island, Fly by Night, Verdigris Deep, and Fly Trap. She lives in England. Visit the author at franceshardinge.com.









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