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Beasts Made Of Night – tekijä: Mr. Tochi…

Beasts Made Of Night (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Mr. Tochi Onyebuchi (Tekijä)

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After he eats the sin of a royal, Taj, a talented aki, or sin-eater who consumes the guilt of others whose transgressions are exorcised from them by powerful but corrupt Mages, is drawn into a plot to destroy the city, and he must fight to save the princess he loves and his own life.
Teoksen nimi:Beasts Made Of Night
Kirjailijat:Mr. Tochi Onyebuchi (Tekijä)
Info:Grosset & Dunlap Inc.,U.S. (2017), 304 pages
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😰 This is a really promising start to what I hope is a series. The pantheon and conventions of this world are fascinating. Some of it feels a little unresolved but that is what makes me think the next book will deliver big. ( )
  Chris.Bulin | Oct 1, 2020 |

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If there is one way to guarantee I'll read your book, just mention sin eaters, and I'm in. The concept of people existing for the sole purpose of consuming the sins from another is just so fascinating to me. So, when I picked up Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi, I already went in with high expectations and was not disappointed! Though, I did need to step back away from it for a moment.

The concept is a fantastic one, and not all that far-fetched considering the real life medieval use of indulgences. In the city of Kos, there exists a specific subset of people that have the ability to swallow sins. Each sin they swallow, they take into themselves, the feelings of shame, madness, revulsion. They are permanently marked with these sins. As such, you can only imagine how the sin-eaters are treated. Not with reverence, but disgust over the various marks of defect on their skins. The fact that they "seemingly" have no problem with taking another's sins. Little do they care that the sin-eaters are forced to do so by a corrupt system that relies on them entirely. None moreso than the wealthy and the royals (I have so much I want to say about this book but with regards to the royals, I'll simply say I love how it does not follow typical YA convention -- tweet me if you want to discuss!).

There is a smidge of romance, which really leads to the amazing build-up at the end! And boy, that ending was just fantastic! I cannot wait for the follow-up. It was a great payoff to everything that Onyebuchi steadily built and weaved through from the start.

Now, all that said, why did I mention earlier that I needed to step back away from it for a moment? Easy peasy. I was reading and kept wondering WHY I wasn't as into it as I should have been. It had all the elements and the writing was strong. So, why? I stepped away and thought about what I was having trouble with. That's when it hit me -- the culture/language, it wasn't something I was used to. Most YA fantasy tends to come to us from a very European backdrop. We have a few that stray (The Bone Witch is one), but they tend not to really use the words. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova does, but I felt comfortable with that because I am latinx. So, after realizing that was what was giving me difficulty, I looked at myself and said get over it. If I can read Tolkien and all the gobbledegook languages he made up and not have a problem with it, this should be no different. I picked it back up, and it was night and day. Everything was so much easier. I got sucked it and loved every second of it. All it took was me identifying what was blocking me, to get my head in gear, unblock, and fall into an amazing story!

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi is an amazing YA novel that finally breaks away from traditional European fantasy. It creates its own wonderful mythos and is so extremely rich in detail, I could taste the foods, smell the smells, and believe in the culture. I really cannot convey how much I want everyone to read this, and if you think you don't 'get' it, think about why, and go again.

// I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title. // ( )
  heylu | Jan 8, 2020 |
This one was a frustrating read because I felt like the tools for a great and unique storytelling experience were right there at the author's disposal but the execution falls short. He creates a vivid and believable yet completely innovative world of the "aki" with the power to "eat" the sins of other people as they are manifested into powerful shadow monsters through the use of Mages. However, in doing so, they ultimately take on the guilt of the sinner which takes a heavy toll on their physical and mental well-being. And this is all set against a backdrop of an oppressive Palace regime, isolated caste systems, political subterfuge, rebellion, and a refreshing take on religion and what it means to be a sinner. That's a pretty ingenious concept, don't you think?

And then we make our way to the 50% mark...and the plot just plateaus. I have no idea what the character's motivations are, why they make the decisions they do. From around the 50% mark to the 80% mark things just....happen. Why? I don't know. We go from point A to point B with not much explanation and not much going on. There is a pretty liberal amount of "insta-love" being used here, which was frustrating. There are flashbacks and thoughts from the MC that don't have much direction or purpose. By the time I reached the climax and grand reveal, I had been counting pages to the end so much I barely cared about what was going on. It was all so...…..dry.

There is one scene where the MC is taking a love interest through the streets of his neighborhood and has her try some local cuisine which is essentially a spicy wing stand. She gets some spicy sauce in her eyes and freaks the eff out with her eyes burning and running around like a crazy person and the MC just...…...leaves. He just leaves. And then he moves on to the next event like this is all some conveyer belt of staged activity. Like, what? I'm supposed to root for this guy?

I wish the author had taken a more deliberate approach to balancing out the pacing of this book. If the middle wasn't so painfully slow, I would have been able to enjoy all the climactic development crammed into the last 50 pages. I wish more was explained - why are there so many people with mechanical arms? Why is the main character able to so easily compartmentalize his guilt with the guilt of all the other aki and therefore seem to not be psychologically affected by "eating"? What is the princess's deal? Why did they send him to the Palace and then send him away? Why did that need to be like 40% of the book? So many questions, but I don't think I will be continuing in the series to see if they are answered. ( )
  JesseReads | Nov 8, 2019 |
Onyebuchi has developed a rich fantasy world. One book is only enough to give you a small piece of it. And the same for the characters. You want to know more about the characters. So many concepts - what is family? How does guilt shape behavior? What happens if there are no consequences for behavior? And there is a complex religious scheme - which I also want to know more about. ( )
  Bill.Bradford | Mar 1, 2018 |
This book had an amazing premise, but I felt that it was a bit rambling. I wanted to know more about the history of sin beasts, how aki came about, etc. Moreover, then ending was left open ended suggesting a sequel that I probably won't read. :(

It wasn't terrible, and some parts were very well done, but I feel that it missed the mark. ( )
  KWadyko | Feb 13, 2018 |
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After he eats the sin of a royal, Taj, a talented aki, or sin-eater who consumes the guilt of others whose transgressions are exorcised from them by powerful but corrupt Mages, is drawn into a plot to destroy the city, and he must fight to save the princess he loves and his own life.

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