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The Monster of Elendhaven
“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 in The Monster of Elendhaven, a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who love 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.
The Monster of Elendhaven is the tale of a monster in a dark and decaying city. And as the debut novel of Jennifer Giesbrecht, it’s sure to catch the attention of readers everywhere.
Review – The Monster of Elendhaven
The Monster of Elendhaven is the debut novel of Jennifer Giesbrecht, and it is a dark and deliciously disturbing tale. It is full of lush details, violence, and LGBT love. As far as debut novels go, this one knocks it out of the park. And will leave readers hoping for more.
Elendhaven is a dark and cursed city. The city has been decimated by war, plagues, and industrialization. And thus, it has left very little behind for the survivors. What it does have is a strong and disturbing bit of lore revolving around the poisoned waters of the shore.
That is where the monster came from. He’s a creature of their own making, even if he doesn’t understand what that means. Or what it’ll cost. His journey is a fascinating one, the sort that will dig into the reader’s heads and refuse to vacate.
The Monster of Elendhaven is a lush and thrilling read, captivating readers from start to finish. Giesbrecht may be a new author, but she’s got the chops to pull off some truly outstanding writing here.
The world and characters that fill it are all amazingly fleshed out. They bring the story to life, but they do so in the most enchanting and perturbing ways possible. You see, there’s a dark mystery lingering over this city. And readers will find themselves trying to solve it before the end. I know I enjoyed trying to sort it all out.
There was something so beautifully tragic about the way the city and the main characters were introduced and developed. It was lovely and heartbreaking all at once. And in many ways, it was over too soon.
The Monster of Elendhaven is a quick read, being only about one hundred and sixty pages long. In some ways, it was the perfect length. But in others, readers will be desperately wishing that there was more to read.
The Monster of Elendhaven was a fast-paced read, and it accelerated quickly once the world and characters were fully introduced. In no time at all, we went from falling in love with the leading gentlemen to seeing them set their path in stone.
There was such an elegance to the way the story progressed. Like moths drawn to a flame, Johann and Florian couldn’t resist each other. The way they interacted together was as breathtaking as it was fascinating. As was the way they found one another. Yet there was something lurking behind the shadows the whole way through. It made for a brilliant and compelling read.
The world-building in this novel was beyond anything I could have hoped for. The world seemed so full of life. And the world felt so delightfully rich and detailed. It’s almost hard to believe that this wasn’t a real world we were reading about. And that made it’s history all the more beautiful and tragic.
The Monster of Elendhaven is a striking and disturbing tale. It’s the sort of story that really digs under the readers’ skin, for good or for ill. No matter your take on that, one thing is certain. It’ll be impossible to forget the elegance in this novel. It’ll be sure to stick with readers for some time to come.
Perhaps the saddest part about this novel is just how quickly it ended. Here’s hoping that we’ll be seeing more from Jennifer Giesbrecht in the very near future.
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