Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It is when we show off a book from our TBR that we’re looking forward to reading.
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.
Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.
When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.
A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.
I’m deciding to take this book with me for when I go to Namibia in June and have been interested in it the moment it came out. I notice however that it doesn’t have a high GR rating and a lot of people couldn’t finish it because they describe it as slow or dense. Many have also said the world building here is excellent which will always be a bonus with me. The bit that thrills me the most is that it’s got cultural influences and sounds like a very complex novel. To me that description sounds anything but boring and right now I can’t imagine myself DNFing this because I remember A Thousand Nights- E.K. Johnston was quite slow but also very rich in its descriptions making it a perfect holiday read. Have you read this book? Is it indeed as bad as many reviewers say? Hopefully not 😛 It sounds amazing to me anyway…