Thanks to Canongate and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been in a real reading slump recently unfortunately and am horribly behind on my reading schedule. I’ve been working till 10-11pm every night the past few weeks and there’s not a lot of brain space left for reading. The joys of teaching…
Anyhoo, onto my (short, sorry) review.
I didn’t realise this was the second book in a series when I requested it. I wouldn’t say you have to have read the first book but I think you’d definitely appreciate it more if you did.
From the outset this book felt like something a bit special. The writing is imaginative and evocative and the settings are wonderfully rich and complex. .
What I really liked about this book in particular were the strong female main characters Delphine and Hagar. Hagar in particular is quite frankly a complete BADASS and I loved how morally grey she was. I got a kick out of the elderly Delphine too and if anything preferred her at the beginning of the book.
There are some surprisingly gory moments which the more squeamish reader might struggle with.
Overall, I really enjoyed this and I’m curious to see where it goes next. Beautifully written with imaginative and original world-building. I’m definitely going to be reading the first book as soon as I can.