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The Monster of Elendhaven

de Jennifer Giesbrecht

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"A black tide of perversity, violence, and lush writing. I loved it." --Joe Hill Debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht paints a darkly compelling fantasy of revenge inThe Monster of Elendhaven, a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both. The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. 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. A monster who cannot die. 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. These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.… (mais)
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3.5/5 - Great story and well paced, but struggled with some of the writing, particularly at the beginning and very end. Well worth the read. I hope Giesbrecht keeps writing; I'm quite interested to see what she does next. ( )
  MagpieBricolage | Jul 17, 2021 |
This book feels like the author took a monster from Scary Stories to Read in the Dark, put them in the setting of Dishonored, made it Gay(TM) and then added prose.

Which, I mean, those things are cool enough. I don't regret reading it but I also don't really feel like it added anything to my life. ( )
  shotagofish | May 3, 2021 |
This story had a lot of interesting and great elements, some faults, and in the end I would say I am excited to read future works of Jennifer Giesbrecht.

What I liked

The prose is great.
I love the fact that not everything is explained clearly.
The worldbuilding is super interesting. I love stories in which the ocean is an important element and here it is mixed with a kind of dark fantasy, industrialized and polluted world, plus all kinds of myths and beliefs around the ocean and the town of Elendhaven. It was new and interesting and I wanted to learn more about it.
The relationship between the two main characters. I liked how problematic it was because that fit the tone of the story and the world very well.

What didn't work for me

The plot was good overall and I liked it as a story, but it didn't surprise me and I didn't feel any suspense. Which is actually why I don't really get why this is listed as 'horror'. It's more creepy or weird (in a good way) and at least for me, it lacks the kind of suspense I usually associate with horror, and it's not scary, although that is a deeply personal opinion and I understand 'horror' is a very broad genre. So maybe that was just a matter of false expectations.

The characterization of the two main characters.
I had more of a problem with Johann. I'll put it in spoiler tags, but the only real spoiler it contains is about chapter 1.
*****
He has such a huge vocabulary, and he speaks very eloquently when he wants to, but we are told he grew up on the streets and anybody rarely talked to him. He learned through observing and imitating people, all right, and he almost always plays a role, I get that. But the kind of people he would have the most chance to observe would be workers, small merchants, people that hang out in dark bars, would they not? He couldn't have learned such a vocabulary from them. Also, he's taken by Florian specially because Florian looks so rich etc., so this makes me think he hasn't had much contact with high society before. And if I'm wrong and he had and did learn a lot from them, then why doesn't he know how to hold a conversation with them and is repeatedly described as being awkward (without wanting to be) or out of his depth?
*****

Maybe I am misinterpreting and there is something crucial I didn't understand, though. It just felt off to me.
I liked Florian as a character a lot more, because he felt more coherent, but there were still some things that felt off with him, too. ( )
  booksandliquids | May 3, 2021 |
Well, I loved this book! And the end has me "oh my god!" and I am so glad I read it! Amazing story! ( )
  iamcmims | Apr 4, 2021 |
The Monster of Elendhaven is a very unique little novella. It’s a horror story, but it’s told entirely from the viewpoint of the monster, delving into his psyche and his motivations and experiences. A spooky little tale about a dour little town where monsters prowl the streets and sinister sorcerers plot the demise of the inhabitants, this is a beautifully written and extremely provocative piece that explores where obsession meets love, where violence meets revenge and where life meets death.

Read the full review on my blog: https://rosesbooks.home.blog/2021/03/25/review-the-monster-of-elendhaven-by-jenn... ( )
  pixxiee | Mar 25, 2021 |
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"A black tide of perversity, violence, and lush writing. I loved it." --Joe Hill Debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht paints a darkly compelling fantasy of revenge inThe Monster of Elendhaven, a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both. The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. 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. A monster who cannot die. 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. These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.

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