Review: The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

The Monster of ElendhavenAuthor: Jennifer Giesbrecht
Publisher: Tor.com
Released: September 24th, 2019
Received: Own
Rating: Kitty Rating

The Monster of Elendhaven is the debut novel of Jennifer Giesbrecht, and it will blow you away. It’s a dark fantasy novel, with plenty of thrills, violence, and LGBT love to go around. The tone is a bit chilling – which makes for the perfect Autumn read.

Elendhaven is an old city, and quite possibly a cursed one. It’s been decimated by war, plague, and over industrialization. Not much is left to the city. Just it’s surviving citizens and a thrilling tale involving the poisoned shores.

The monster of Elendhaven is a creature of the city’s making. Perhaps if it wasn’t so careless, or so cruel, this creature would never have been born. But that was not to be. No, instead this monster walked out from the ocean to follow a path he doesn’t yet understand.

 

“He got the name when he was three feet and four inches tall, kneeling on the dock with a coin in his palm, from a sailor who stank of rum and fish oil.”

Spoiler Warning

The Monster of Elendhaven was a thrilling and absolutely enchanting read. It’s one of those tales that’ll worm its way into your skull and take up permanent residence there. There are just some stories you can’t walk away from, and this is one of them.

I don’t know what I loved more about this story, the lush details and writing style, the characters, or the deliciously dark tone. Individually any of these elements would have been enough to make me fall in love with a novel, but together? Game over. I’m smitten and desperate for more.

Johann and Florian were fascinating characters – almost tragically so. It was thrilling to try and piece together their backstories, while also trying to suss out what the future held for these maladjusted men.

The plot had a delightful way of twisting and turning as the story went on. The storytelling lent for so many detailed and exquisite moments, the sort that takes your breath away. And even when it was over, I found myself desperate to see just a little bit more.

While I’m talking about it – the conclusion itself was truly unique. It made me stop and think, which is really the best sort of ending. I can honestly say that I don’t know if this is the last tale for this world, but part of me hopes that we’ll be seeing more of Elendhaven someday.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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3 Responses to Review: The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

  1. Paul's Picks says:

    This is one that I’ve seen all over, but haven’t read anyone’s thoughts on it… goes on my TBR!

    Liked by 1 person

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