Title: Beasts Made of Night
Author: Tochi Onyebuchi
Genre: YA fantasy
Published: By Razorbill on September 26th, 2017
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
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.
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.
Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review
I enjoyed the characters in this book. The main character wasn’t the average goody-two-shoes kind of hero and I liked seeing that in a fantasy book. The setting was richly detailed and I loved reading about a society with fantastical elements based on Nigerian culture. The magic system was very different from the run-of-the-mill fantasy that I usually read. However, the info-dumping slowed down the plot in several places and I wasn’t the biggest fan. I’m not sure if the copy I received was incomplete, but I felt that the ending was abrupt. The writing was a huge let-down for me. It sounded juvenile and almost modern for the time period in which I approximately imagined it was set in. This is the biggest reason the book didn’t get a higher rating from me and hope that it is better in the finished copy. However, if this turns into a series, I would definitely continue on with it.
If you’re looking for a diverse fantasy series with amazing world-building, I would whole-heartedly recommend this one. Best music to go with it would be the soundtrack of Game of Thrones. If you can get your hands on some Nigerian delicacies that are mentioned constantly in the book, that would perfectly complement your reading experience.
Is this book on your TBR shelf? What are your thoughts on it if you’ve already read it? Based on my review, would you be interested in this book? Let me know in the comments section below.