Today I have a review of an exciting October release for you. Beasts Made of Night is a Nigerian inspired fantasy following Taj, an aki who can kill sin-beasts and eat sins. This was such a unique read and I definitely recommend to fans of YA fantasy!
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
- UK ARC – 296 pages
- Release date: 31st of October 2017
- Published by Razorbill
- ISBN: 044849390X
- Goodreads page for Beasts Made of Night here!
I really enjoyed this book and loved the world that Onyebuchi created with sin-eaters called aki who are paid to slay sin-beasts. When they slay the sin-beast they take on the sin themselves and get a painful tattoo. I’ve never read anything like this before!!
I couldn’t decide if I was going to give this book 3 or 4 stars (I went with 4). I loved the writing, the world and the idea of the aki but I felt like this book needed another 100 pages or so. Some parts felt rushed and I think it needed a little more character development. I would happily have read a much longer version of this book because I really liked the author’s writing.
I absolutely loved reading about a fantasy world based on Nigeria and their mythology. I don’t know enough to say what was from mythology and what the author created, but it all blended together so well. It seems like the main religion in this book is based on Islam and that was amazing to read about. I’ve been excited for this book since it was announced, so I am glad it was as wonderful as I hoped!
Reading from the main character Taj’s POV was great. It made me realise that we rarely get male main characters in YA fantasy so it made a nice change. Taj was an interesting mix of both stubborn and selfless and I really hope there is a second book so we can find out what happens to him next.
My main issue with this book was just the length, I think any issues I had with it feeling rushed or clunky could have been fixed had it been longer. The ending confused me a little as plot twists and character motives were being revealed at random.
I read an ARC which I picked up at YALC 2017 so can’t say what the final book will be like, things may have changed!
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