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- Print Length: 263 pages
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- Publisher: Sparrowcat Press (June 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FPGX0SW
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Whatever it was I expected when I picked this up, it was flung out the window as soon as I turned the first page. The set-up takes a bit, but it’s worth it for drawing out the sinister and mysterious atmosphere. I kept wondering when Hazel might disappear into the other dimension. I loved the way all throughout, the tension builds to the violent apex of the showdown with Verelle.
Of late, a number of excellent books and movies have taken a crack at themes such as racism, classism, and other forms of societal oppression. Add this book to the list. The turbulence between the Monsters and the Humans is central to the plot, particularly how Verelle has manipulated the humans’ holy texts to her own ends and led them to commit unspeakable acts against the monsters. Hazel’s journey from defensive (“not all humans”) to understanding to actively taking part in the revolution will feel familiar to anyone who has worked in real-world activism as an ally.
There is also an underlying tone of faith and spirituality, especially with regard to the sacred text Hazel discovers. What I like is that it never feels preachy or as though it’s trying too hard to be an allegory. This paints a vivid word picture of what happens when holy writings fall into hands with the power to use them to do great harm. Although the story reaches different conclusions from what some readers might, it’s at least a call for us to examine our own beliefs and how they might affect the people around us.
I loved the characters. As much as I appreciated Hazel, and as good a narrator I felt she was, I liked many of the other characters as much or more. Of course I loved Zinian, but Auphel was my favorite. There were a number of others I liked as well, but I can’t say too much because I’m afraid it might be spoilers. I’ll leave it that these characters are fully formed—they are not props for Hazel’s transformation from hateful to helpful. Hazel already is who she is, and her journey is about finding the power to use it for good. Nor is it about the monsters learning that some humans are good. Their fight is about finding and vanquishing Verelle. It’s not a light, sweet, feel-good story about acceptance or tolerance; this is a tale about taking an entire community to bring down the real beast.
The writing is superb, flawless from start to finish. I was drawn in, and I admit to reverting to my childhood book-under-the-covers and staying up far too late reading so I could find out what happened next. What an incredible journey.
For brilliant writing, a cast of memorable characters, and a serving of social justice, this gets 5 stars.
When you sit down to read this novella be prepared to be unable to get up until you've turned the last page - it's just that kind of book. Be prepared, too, to be left contemplating life and the world around you, as Sparkes will have you considering how our perception of evil is shaped, and what really makes a monster.
This is a wonderful, fast-paced read, one of those books that doesn't fall out of mind just because you've shelved it. Hazel, Zirian, and Auphel, especially, are still with me, little insights and revelations striking me in new ways, even long after I moved on to my best read. I recommend this - and Sparkes trilogy, as well, very highly. Enjoy the read, you'll be pleased you didn't miss this one
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