- File Size: 1743 KB
- Print Length: 278 pages
- Publisher: Nephy Hart/Flying With Red Haircrow Productions (December 3, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 3, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0089MSZO4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Enigma Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Something I didn’t understand was the whole finger cut situation. I don’t think any adult this day in age is dumb enough to suck another human being’s blood if they get a cut. Too much worry about you could catch, even if you like someone. Parents kiss their children’s wounds better but that’s a bit much for River to be doing to a grown man who’s not a child and doesn’t want to be treated like one, and given Silver’s situation, I would’ve thought he might’ve had a relapse or something when it was mentioned. The logical thing to do is run the wound under the sink and get a first aid kit or something of that nature. I understand that River was attracted to Silver, but again, that seemed out of place for either character to let happen and it seemed like it didn’t fit with their characters personalities, like maybe the author was prompted to place that information in there as some sort of fan service, which brings me to the other situation:
In all honesty, I feel like this book could’ve ended at chapter 16 and most of what happened afterwards could’ve been in an epilogue or something (excluding Faith’s scenes of course) to include like a “Life After” sequel for this book because the story kind of lost it’s thunder after the first climax. And I know there are other books, but that’s just how it felt when reading it for me. I feel like after the hospital situation with meeting Sam, everything became very much River telling instead of showing for a while, and then eventually dialogue came. It was enough to make me skip ahead through River’s thoughts thinking I wouldn’t miss much. I was disappointed that I was correct.
I feel like Faith returning was meant to be sort of a “Ha, reader! Thought they lived happily ever after, didn’t you?!” But it came across as more of a “Okay, it’s dragging on critically now.”
Still, it was a good read. Could’ve been shorter, though, as it dig start to drag.
Otherwise, Enigma is a solid B. There are a few inconsistencies and dropped details, but nothing so careless as to really distract a reader (IMO), and Silver is an interesting MC thanks to the circumstances of his illness. I found River to be an acceptable protagonist, if somewhat heavy-handed with the flowery praise; the supporting characters speak in a much more natural way, and Julia is a delight.
That said, those of you who are sensitive to abuse themes should steer very clear of this title. There’s unfortunately no getting around them here even if the rest of the premise interests you.
Silver from Enigma is no exception. He’s a stunning creature, inside and out, who’s suffered terrible things and yet is so strong that despite his struggles, you just know he’ll make it out the other side eventually.
River is the sweetest, most caring man with his own share of inner pain that helps him understand what Silver has been through, and makes him the perfect person to help him through, even though it quickly blurs the lines of River’s professional relationship with his “patient”.
You’ll be taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout Enigma, with Silver and River’s individual agonies, their growing feelings for each other, the beautiful sparks of life you see beginning to come through in Silver, and the shocks of what happens when Silver’s past catches up with him. I was hooked from the first few pages and can honestly say this is one of the most moving stories I’ve read this year.
Enigma gets a very well deserved 5 stars.