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Beasts Made of Night Hardcover – October 31, 2017
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"The beginning of a great saga...Fantastic worldbuilding sets the stage in this debut novel, as Tochi Onyebuchi conjures up a busy market city inspired by his Nigerian heritage and populates it with a group of outcast kids who shoulder the sins of the rich and powerful...This is not the first fantasy book to take more interest in the world than the story – it certainly worked for Tolkien, and Beasts Made of Night could do much worse than to follow in those footsteps. Onyebuchi has created a world that will no doubt inspire many in turn."—NPR.org
“This compelling Nigerian-influenced fantasy has a wonderfully unique premise and lush, brilliant worldbuilding that will consume you until the last page.”—BuzzFeed
"Onyebuchi's debut novel explores class, politics, religion, and so much more, all in a world that is masterfully built, sweeping, and imaginative."—Bustle
"Epic" is an overused term to describe how magnificent someone or something is. Author Onyebuchi's novel creates his in the good old-fashioned way: the slow, loving construction of the mundane and the miraculous, building a world that is both completely new and instantly recognizable."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"The colorful, dynamic setting is unforgettable in its darkness, inequality, and magic. The characters are captivating, and the caste-like struggle between the “haves” and “have-nots” is depicted in vivid, convincing detail by the Nigerian American author. Onyebuchi demonstrates a special talent for worldbuilding, outstanding even in a genre saturated with unique worlds."—VOYA, Starred Review
"Themes of belonging, self-discovery, and inequity round out the richly imagined world of Onyebuchi’s debut, where war and dark magic are around every corner…Onyebuchi’s worldbuilding is vivid and beguiling, and Taj’s outward cockiness hides a core of vulnerability. A coming revolution will have readers looking forward to the next book."—Publishers Weekly
"Onyebuchi crafts a compelling tale for his first novel, seamlessly blending fantasy, religion, political intrigue, and a touch of steampunk into a twisting tale of magic."—Booklist
“Beasts Made of Night is an intense novel that touches on powerful themes of justice, inequality and family. Onyebuchi's inventive realm, combined with the Nigerian influences, ink the reader's soul and are certain to leave a lasting mark on the young adult canon as well.”—Shelf Awareness
"A unique Nigerian fantasy, Onyebuchi builds a mystical world rife with suspense, danger and romance. You’ll be hooked from the first page...Onyebuchi pushes boundaries by addressing privilege, otherness and socio-economic strife in the fantasy realm. A surprising and fun read, don’t pass up this vibrant tale."—RT Book Reviews
“Beasts Made of Night will bewitch you. Taj will steal your heart without even trying, while his deadly world will lure you in, leaving you spellbound long after the final devastating page.” —Stephanie Garber, author of the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling novel, Caraval
“Tochi Onyebuchi deftly balances humor and tragedy, beauty and darkness. Beasts Made of Night is an exquisitely crafted, imaginative and absorbing tale. Taj, the hero, is both imperfect and hilarious—I wish we could hang out.”—Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night
“Tochi Onyebuchi has built a world as dark as it is bright, and filled it with character and consequence. Taj's city is deep, vibrant, and terrifying. I don't think I'd survive there, but I really need to know what happens next.” —E. K. Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka and Exit, Pursued by a Bear
"A thrilling, action-packed story, Beasts Made of Night kept me reading long past bedtime. Set in a richly rendered world that is fascinating, beautiful, and terrible all at once, it made me hold my breath." —Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns
About the Author
Tochi Onyebuchi holds a B.A. from Yale, an MFA in Screenwriting from Tisch, a Masters degree in Global Economic Law from L'institut d'études politiques, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov's and Ideomancer, among other places. Tochi resides in Connecticut where he works in the tech industry and is currently writing the epic sequel to Beasts Made of Night.
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When Taj helps the royal family to get rid of a particularly nasty sin it turns his whole world upside down. Gone is the hard life shared with other aki making little money and he's now part of a world he'll never feel at home in. However, this is just the beginning. He's in the middle of something, a dark conspiracy he doesn't know the details of. Taj needs to find a way to deal with this problem for the safety of the people he loves and his own wellbeing. Will he succeed?
Beasts Made of Night is a beautiful story filled with magic, sins and secrets. These are exactly the kind of subjects I like. Taj is brave and strong and he might be the best sin eater of his generation, but he's also powerless when it comes to those who rule his city. He has to eat sins, even though it harms him. It costs a lot of aki their sanity, but Taj is determined to keep going. I loved that strength in his character. He easily cares and his heart is kind and pure, which makes it difficult to be burdened with so many sins. That's a fantastic contradiction and a great topic for a story. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out if Taj would be able to keep himself sane or not.
Tochi Onyebuchi has a gorgeous way with words. I liked the way he slowly unfolds his story, it kept me interested from beginning to end. Beasts Made of Night is fantasy with Nigerian influences, which is original and surprising and it intrigued me straight away. The story is a fabulous adventure, filled with scary beasts, darkness and immorality, versus pureness and kindheartedness. I loved the combination of the two and really enjoyed reading this very special story.
1. I couldn't bring myself to care about a single one of the characters. Many are mentioned in passing but are supposed to be a big deal (like, the MC has a best friend and a supposed "heart-mate," but we don't meet her until page 80 and only briefly and then she only shows up, again briefly, one other time). It's impossible to tell why any of the characters do any of the things they do. We're supposed to care about the MC's parents but are given zero reason to. The main love interest is the MOST BORING PERSON OF ALL TIME. The MC is the second most boring person of all time. Almost nothing happens in the first 2/3rds of this book because the MC just rambles about nothing.
2. LAZY WRITING. Like, dude. We find out 220 pages into a 300-page book that the MC can't read. And then he learns to read fluently in "a quarter moon" — i.e., a week. (Speaking of time, nothing in the timeline of this book makes sense.) The writer could have easily put earlier on in the book that the MC couldn't read, but he didn't until it was needed for the plot. This is just one example, but this book is riddled with lazy writing like this.
3. Nothing in this universe is fulling fleshed out. NOTHING. WHY does the MC have tattoos that never fade when everyone else's does? WHY are these auto-mail things taboo? WHY can the MC command the sin-beasts? What in the world went on in the MC's childhood? Nothing has a proper backstory.
4. The ending. I get cliffhangers. Lots of books have them. Lots of them work just fine. But you have to wrap up SOMETHING. There has to be some kind of resolution. There is not in this book. In the last 10 pages, all we get is a bunch more unanswered questions in addition to all the unanswered questions we had before. It ends abruptly. I threw the book across the room.
Screw this book. I'm over it. Don't read it if you value your time.
I still have questions about how everything works but this isn't due to inconsistencies in the text; I think he just wanted to draw the reader in for the sequel. I'll be looking forward to it!
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