Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
Brilliant In Many Ways
💛 This is dreamy, dark and powerful. The themes and parallels drawn in this book are masterfully crafted, the use of monsters and gods as metaphors for the very real evils of our world - prejudice, injustice, double standards - is brilliant and the prose is mermesiring.
💚 It takes time to get to the meat of the story. I would say 20-30% of the listening time is devoted to exposition which could have been peppered throughout the rest of the book. The cast of characters is myriad as are the storylines. Whilst this is impressive, it also makes it tricky to connect with individual ones and to follow the narrative.
🧡 Much as Animal Farm has little to do with livestock, so this uses fantasy elements as allegories for complex political and philosophical concepts. The writing style reminded me of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel.
Big thanks to NetGalley, Cadwell Turnbull and Blackstone Publishing for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.