Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group – Razorbill
Expected publication: October 31st, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, YA
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
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. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.
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.
A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.
I really liked this book. Ever since I read about it, I loved the synopsis and the cover! They are just so mysterious and fascinating! This is the first book I read with a Nigerian-inspired setting and I’m hooked!
It’s such a fascinating world! I loved the magic system. In this world, sins can kill. They consume you if they are not taken out of your body by a mage and then eaten by an aki. Aki is the name of a person that can eat sins. They have to battle them in their animal form and literally eat them. They will then appear in their body in the form of a tattoo! How fascinating is that?!
Akis are awesome, right? Well, people in this world don’t see it that way. Akis are seen as lower than humans. They have the duty to cleanse society (meaning who can afford it) of sins, but because they carry it in their skin, people are repulsed by them, as if the sins and guilt were theirs. It got me so angry! Being an aki is not chosen neither is it easy. But they are amazing, especially our main character Taj!
Taj is an amazing character and an amazing aki. I loved seeing him battle and seeing the way he thought. He is a person that doesn’t pity himself, he tries to protect others, even if his life is in danger because of that, and he is incredibly strong both physically and mentally. He is just a very pure person (got it?… Sorry, my jokes are always this bad…). I also really enjoyed some other characters. Especially Omar and several female characters! There are some really bad-ass ones here!
This book was much more emotional than I was initially expecting and I really connected with the characters. All the injustices in this world made me so angry!
This world is absolutely fantastic. I really enjoyed the writing and all the Nigerian words and expressions. The characters were awesome and the plot fascinating and action-packed. There’s nothing I didn’t like other than I wished this book was a bit bigger.
Although the beginning is slow-paced, it starts getting faster and faster. The world development was absolutely fantastic, but I wanted a bit more of the plot. I wanted to see more of the characters and their life. I love this world, I find it fascinating and I hope to see more of it, I can hardly believe this is the author’s first novel. Starting with such an amazing idea?! I definitely recommend it.
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