Review: The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

The Monster of ElendhavenAuthor: Jennifer Giesbrecht
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.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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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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