The monster names himself Johann. Overall this was an intriguing ride for me. . Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. Elendhaven was so wretched I couldn’t be bothered to lift a finger to save the place if you told me the whole place was going to be swallowed up by the sea the next day with everyone in it . That’s sort of what happens here but in a fantastic way. There’s also plenty of murder – Johann, the titular Monster, is a Jack-the-Ripper style figure who enjoys murder for the fun of it. . Though it has a few perplexing moments, and perhaps that part of its charm, I absolutely loved it, and I look forward to seeing what Giesbrecht does next. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. If you’re looking for something that is both is both disturbing and delightful at the same time, this might be the story for you. He’s a killer and outright murderer. , Yeah, it was an interesting one for me for sure. It’s an interesting setup for a novella, but The Monster of Elendhaven is so much more than seems. Enter your email address to tag along with Zezee and receive notifications of new posts by email. Perhaps the saddest part about this novel is just how quickly it ended. The filigree of his coat burned the colour of an inferno.” And when Giesbrecht applies all that talent to worldbuilding and exploring its mythology, the results are thrilling. But not everything dies so easily. Hope the reading picks up for us both. Elendhaven itself was birthed from violence when long-ago magicians split the earth open and poisoned the sea. The way they interacted together was as breathtaking as it was fascinating. ( Log Out / A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man with a dark heart. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. When the monster is born (or, more accurately, becomes aware of its existence) Elendhaven is dying, fitfully and painfully. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. The centerpiece of the story is Liekenbloom’s annual party in which all the dignitaries, Nord and south, descend on Elendhaven for a traditional feast of Norden cuisine at a restaurant featuring some local… uh… delicacies. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Based on what you’ve written about the characters and the style, I’m not sure it’s for me. So much potential but it just wasn’t for me in the end. It’ll be impossible to forget the elegance in this novel. ( Log Out / This book always catches my attention because of its awesome cover. Her writing is lush and provocative, wanton and daring, and poignantly detailed. Same here. I don’t mind dark, but this one was a miss for me because it started to affect the way I felt for the characters and the world. The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. This is the first review of it I’ve actually read. Elendhaven is a dark and cursed city. So far my reading in 2020 has been sluggish; I think it’s because I’m so backed up on reviews. Thanks for sharing! It's nice to see dark fantasy that can be dark without being grim. The Monster of Elendhaven is one hell of an unconventional story that's part-revenger horror, part-Gothic in nature and part-love story, probably the most unconventional part of the novella. Which makes you wonder why he lets it go on so long sometimes? Elendhaven itself was birthed from violence when long-ago magicians split the earth open and poisoned the sea. A city of industry sprang up around the devastation, only to be gradually consumed by it. Beautifully written. We have protagonists who are antiheroes or those who are have questionable morality aren't uncommon anymore but i stumbled upon an interesting concept that i don't actually encounter in fantasy for some reason. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Florian literally, repeatedly, and with great fervor tortures Johann to death as he tries to understand the limits (or lack thereof) of Johann’s abilities. I devoured every word. “A black tide of perversity, violence, and lush writing. Glad you liked this one too, Tammy! I’ll be on the lookout for more from this author though. A monster who cannot die. They bring the story to life, but they do so in the most enchanting and perturbing ways possible. Both are drawn to each other’s power. For some reason it just held my attention though! Read an excerpt here. But I’m still curious so maybe I will try it some day! Description: Announcing the Winners of the the Inaugural Ignyte Awards! He is taken in, literally and figuratively, by a fragile little accountant, Herr Leikenbloom, the last of a historic family destroyed by plague, who is both more and less than he seems. And Florian, well, he’s from the elite of the city and mingles with lots of important people and has secrets of his own, such as a passion for revenge. This thread is interwoven with the story of Leikenbloom’s family, his anger at sadness at their downfall, and his deep sense of longing for his lost, plague-dead sister Flora. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Where the book falls down is on queer representation and its plot. I’ve seen it in hauls, but this is the first review I’ve read. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Book Review: The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht #WyrdAndWonder, Wyrd & Wonder Wrap Up #WyrdAndWonder – Way Too Fantasy. The Monster of Elendhaven It’s pretty good. With Halloween on the horizon, you have the perfect excuse for picking up a new horror novella. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster's heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning. It’s his life’s work, really. Revenge plots often turn me off and I think that’s what happened here. But not everything dies so easily. (Spoilers to follow.) No, it’s better than good. – the orang-utan librarian, "Daily Rituals: How Artists Work" by Mason Currey, Top 5 Tuesday #44: Ghosts, Spirits, Spectres, Weekend Reads #110: Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Ch. I hope so too. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. When she died, he threw her body into the Black Moon, the crescent-shaped body of poisonous black water that washes Elendhaven’s shores, because according to myth she can be washed ashore alive again by the goddess Hallendrette. And will leave readers hoping for more. Where the story takes us to some very dark places the prose had this delightfulness about it that felt almost cheery at times. And the world felt so delightfully rich and detailed. Like moths drawn to a flame, Johann and Florian couldn’t resist each other. His journey is a fascinating one, the sort that will dig into the reader’s heads and refuse to vacate. And now I have to add it on my TBR ASAP! A monster who cannot die. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit. What a wonderfully strange book. It made for a brilliant and compelling read. The Monster of Elendhaven (Book) : Giesbrecht, Jennifer : The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Schwab. Hope this one goes well for you. I feel you on that. Great review. This was an amazing review! Good horror demands attention no matter the time of year, and The Monster of Elendhaven is just that. Available: Hardcover, Kindle edition, audiobook . I’m looking forward to getting to it! Lol! ( Log Out / And yet…I kind of couldn’t help loving them anyway? He is addicted to the worst things in life – power, lust, killing, greed. That’s how Tammy at Books, Bones, Buffy quickly described this book and made me immediately add it to my TBR. Honestly, there’s nothing redeeming about either one of these characters. He’s obsessed with it to the point that literally everything he’s done in life has been in preparation for this revenge. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht is a gorgeous little novel about monsters and betrayal and the darkness of the soul that plots the revenge of not just one self, but of an entire family. The plan moves along swimmingly until a third main character, Kanya, a mage hunter, makes her way to Elendhaven. I’d like to try something else by her. I liked the writing but I really wasn’t feeling the story. It’s a novella so not a lot of room for twists or turns and even though there is one kind of reveal it’s not much of a surprise since it’s foreshadowed if not outright given away earlier in the story. Perfect little Halloween read. The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean, wracked by plague, stripped of industry, and left to die. The main thread of The Monster of Elendhaven is told in Johann’s third-person point of view, and he is one creepy dude. Elendhaven itself was birthed from violence when long-ago magicians split the earth open and poisoned the sea. Romance plays as big a role in The Monster of Elendhaven as revenge, but don’t expect flowers and chocolates and poetry and picnics. The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. When the monster is born (or, more accurately, becomes aware of its existence) Elendhaven is dying, fitfully and painfully. It is full of lush details, violence, and LGBT love. But not everything dies so easily.
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