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The Monster of Elendhaven Hardcover – 24 September 2019
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"Jennifer Giesbrecht's The Monster of Elendhaven is a black tide of perversity, violence, and lush writing. I loved it." --Joe Hill, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Fireman, N0S4A2, and Horns"Pitch dark, whimsical, topical, wild, and lushly written, Jennifer Giesbrecht's The Monster of Elendhaven is the most reading fun you'll have this year." --Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts "I read The Monster of Elendhaven in a single vicious, delightful bite. What a dark gem of a book." --Kiersten White, New York Times Bestselling Author "A tight, perfectly crafted story about retribution and what monsters deserve; stylish, quirky, and weirdly sexy? I'm into it." --R. F. Kuang "Elendhaven is as fully formed as Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast series with truly repellent characters who don't possess a shred of moral fiber. Yet the right readers will still love them, as newcomer Giesbrecht is a fantasy writer to watch with a sure command of her world." --Library Journal Starred Review "Gorily gothic, darkly baroque, rotten with magic and shot with shafts of wicked humor, The Monster of Elendhaven is a perfect nightmare." --Margo Lanagan, author of The Bridges of Rollrock Island "Giesbrecht's words don't ask, they don't wonder, they don't hope or plead or bargain. They command you to have the experience that she knows you will have, to see what she knows you will see." --Andrew Hussie, creator of Homestuck "Jennifer Giesbrecht's The Monster of Elendhaven is a gothic delight, dark as an oil-slick and iridescent with feral humour, bruise-violet prose, and a fascinatingly depraved tragic romance." --Indrapramit Das, author of The Devourers "Delicate, jagged, and unrepentant, The Monster of Elendhaven has the linguistic febrility of Peake and the brutal sentiment of a gothic, perfectly framed in a secondary-world Hanseatic League setting that is as unusual as it is compelling." --Arkady Martine, author of A Memory Called Empire "Horror fans will want to grab this one -- Giesbrecht has an extremely compelling voice." --Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians "The Monster of Elendhaven is so much more than it seems. In Giesbrecht's deft hands, it's a compelling, psychologically gripping tale of lust and revenge, told in parallel, twisting narratives that ingeniously leave the reader sympathizing with the most horrible people imaginable." --Grimdark Magazine
- Publisher : Tor Books (24 September 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 125022568X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250225689
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 1.75 x 20.98 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 218,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I chose to read this short novel, as I thought it would be a good lead up to Halloween. Initially, it started off quite well - with the above quote, there seemed to be an air of "Frankenstein" to the tale, so I thought that I would enjoy it. Now that I have finished it, I am not really sure what I have just read.
The tale is about a 'man' called Johann, whose origin is a bit sketchy, but who appears to be a monster:
"A creature newly named is a creature still half-animal, and Johann's self-education made generous space for the use of tools and the vice of violence before he could learn regret." (p. 10)
He later comes to work for Florian, a man who survived plague and is a sorcerer.
To be honest, I don't feel that I can speak that eloquently about this short book. For a book under 200 pages, I should have been able to read it in a handful of sittings rather than a few days, but for some reason, I couldn't really connect with it, and for that reason I didn't really enjoy it. If you were to ask me what happens, I would be hard-pressed to actually say. There is a darkness here - and that is okay, dark tales can still be 'enjoyable' as they can shine a light on humanity in many ways. But, you can't just have darkness with no purpose. Nothing is really expanded enough to make this a memorable read; Florian's family history was one of the most interesting aspects of this novel, but I didn't feel that there was enough time or illumination given to it.
Disappointing - I had high hopes for this before coming to it. If you are looking for a dark, twisty novel for Halloween, I would suggest that you look elsewhere.
The eccentric main characters themselves, Johann and Florian, were incredible. I love them. That atmospheric writing came together perfectly to make them feel fleshed out and individual, and though they are both terrible people I was rooting for them the whole time. Is there anything better than a story about plain old villains drawing you in so intently that you throw your morals out of the window in the hopes of revelling in their victory? I somehow managed to miss the clue that The Monster of Elendhaven was a queer book, so the ‘romance’ (using the word loosely) between Johann and Florian was a delightful surprise. Their relationship was what really sold this book to me. Master and servant, bodyguard and client, lovers, indifferent sorcerer and devoted monster. Their dynamic was perfect from the start, and the way their personalities meshed made them so interesting to read about. They’re both unrelentingly, unrepentantly bad in their own ways, and I think it’s the lack of concern or apology that made them so fun.
I would highly recommend the audiobook if you can get your hands on it, because the characterisations are done so well that as I was rereading a physical copy I couldn’t shake the narrator’s voice from my mind.