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    Gory, Brutal; yet Brilliant!!

    Kobo has too short of a character maximum for me to write my entire review here! So, the major highlights to know: 1) This is NOT Young Adult. It is gory, horrific, brutal and (at times) very disturbing. 2) It is brilliantly written. James made me feel, smell and experience everything our characters did , saw and smell (even when I didn't want to). 3) The darkness of this book spoke to me on a very intimate level. 4) If you can get past Chapter 8 then you will be fine. That is the pinnacle of the gore and ickiness. 5) So many characters, maps, new monsters and creatures from African folklore; and so much more! If you want epic, elaborate fantasy this is it. 6) It is very long and sometimes drawn out. Like any typical epic fantasy there are dragging points and moments where you may feel lost. It all comes together at the end in a beautiful way but there are some slog sections. 7) I usually read a book in about 3-4 days (max) when it's 600+ pages like this one. This book took me 23 days. I needed time to digest, understand and take breathers. 8) I LOVED this book. It is immediately moved to my favourites shelf. 9) Our narrator "Tracker" is unreliable. As this series progresses it is said that the next book is the same events from someone else's perspective. So if you missed some things in book 1 I'm assuming book 2 will shed light. I think many things are intentionally ambiguous. 10) It's okay not to like this one. If you couldn't get through it I appreciate why. But please don't say that anyone who loved this book is an awful person. That is simple not true. Fiction is fiction. It's not like I'm condoning the actions in this book in real life. Instead I'm merely saying that I absolutely loved it for what it was; and part of that is that it is grim dark fantasy fiction. This is a shortened version of my review. My full review is available on Goodreads.
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    Do not expect an easy read...

    Sorry but I could only get through 62 pages. The general introduction to this book is misleading. Really regret this purchase. I think when it is recommended by Kobo the overall critique good and bad should be stated.
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    yes!

    10/10 would recommend - and i barely even like fantasy. violent af fyi.
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    Impossible read

    I tried so hard, but just couldn't find my way through. I am not a stranger to challenging text, but this was too much. This may be a work of brilliance, but not for me. I gave up at about page 50.
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    bad book

    Bad book racret buying it it wasterible absloutley teible.
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