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Beasts Made of Night

(Beasts Made of Night #1)

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  4,154 ratings  ·  1,036 reviews
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 s
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Razorbill
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Amber I would imagine there will be at least a sequel. It ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger.

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Emily May
Apr 14, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: young-adult, 2017, fantasy, arc
DNF - 45%. I'm joining the many people who couldn't finish this book, despite trying very hard to love it. Normally, I would give up on a book this hard to get into after a couple of chapters but I persevered because I was so in love with the premise (Nigerian fantasy, sin-eaters, etc.) that I struggled to accept it wasn't working out.

I can tell already that many won't finish Beasts Made of Night. It is extremely slow and dense and lacks a strong plot line, drama, humour or something to make it
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reminded me of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I'm not sure why. There isn't a blood offering, nor a leper that I noticed. It must be all the sacrifice.

The Aki are sin-eaters. People pay the mages, who control the Aki to take away their sin. The Aki get a faction of the payment. The sin is drawn out of the sinner. It manifests in the shape of an animal, shadow beasts. A small sin might look like a lizard, while a large sin is a powerful and terrifying monster. Once an Aki consumes the s
☯~☽~•Patricia Mainard•~☾~☯
I loved everything about this book!
Chelsies Reading Escape
I find the hidden sin beasts in the purple cover to be so aesthetically pleasing. In this fascinating world we get this rich culture and mythology. Sins make people sick and they have to pay Mages to bring the sins out of them so the Aki (sin eaters) can kill and eat them. Once the aki have eaten too many sins they go mad and numb until they finally cross over. I loved the idea of sin eaters and how the sins took the shape of shadow beasts, like griffins, dragons, snakes and spiders. I thought t ...more
Oh man, how I wanted to love this. I’m not sure how to write a review for this, but here goes.

I really liked how the sin-eating worked. It was interesting how the sins manifested and how they were dealt with. Unfortunately, I think that might be the nicest thing I can say about it.

The characters were meh, the plot didn’t make sense to me, and the passage of time was completely confusing. I spent a good amount of time thinking about DNFing.

Overall, it was an intriguing idea, but the execution
Noha Badawi
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.75 stars.
Please tell me there's a sequel because i won't be able to survive otherwise.

This book was absolutely and terrifyingly brilliant.
Beasts Made of Night is a must-be-on-your-Halloween to-do list. This book is like a dark spell, to be cast on the night of October 31st so people around the world spend a bewitching evening.

Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me an advance reader copy. Readers around the world, mark your calendars because this is a tale of beasts and epic-fantasy not
Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
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
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

This had a lot of really excellent elements going for it, but the plot of the last 1/3 of the book was nonsensical and came out of nowhere. I loved the concept for the story, but there wasn’t enough storytelling to hold it together.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher but it in no way impacts my review*
This was a lot better than I expected, but still not as good as it could have been.

Beasts Made of Night is the first book in a fantasy duology set in a magical world inspired by Nigeria. It follows Taj, a boy who is paid by the royal family to eat their sins (of which he bears the signs in the form of animal tattoos) as he gets involved in court intrigue.

The thing I liked the most about this book was the worldbuilding. I rarely find YA fantasy books whose world doesn't feel generic or underdevel
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: publisher, reviewed
This book has a really intriguing premise and I was drawn in by the world building. Unfortunately I thought that it was lacking in both plot and character development. The story is told in first person present tense by Taj, a sin eater or aki who's also known as Lightbringer. As the sins in the form of beasts enter the aki he describes his experience. "The sorrow that rakes my skin. The guilt that grips my mind. The cold that pierces my bones and freezes my marrow. And I want to cry out, but my ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
The premise of this book is amazing -- and still is amazing! A Nigerian-inspired fantasy about sin-eaters.
Unfortunately, this book was, at best, not for me, and at worst, incoherent.

- Follows Taj, an aki or sin-eater, who eats the sins of the royal family so they remain pure and free of sin. Moreover, once the aki kill and consume the sin, which takes the form of inky-shadow-like beasts, the sins appear like tattoos on the aki. It's wicked awesome.
- The setting was wonderful and Onyebuchi's wr
Lara Kareem
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it

I heard about Beasts Made of Night on Twitter. A young lady was looking for a Nigerian book blogger to give this book to and I was the lucky person who she eventually sent it to. She said the author is Nigerian and it's a fantasy based in Nigeria, and I was just sold because right about that time, I had actually been seeing the cover across twitter, but never really paid attention to the book so I did a quick Goodreads look up and I was impressed and excited. The cover is so beautiful.

I didn't e

1.5 Stars

Unfortunately after a very promising start, the whole thing just went down the drain...

The beginning was actually amazing! I was reading another book, and I was getting tired by it, so I decided to start another story in the hopes that I would win the "book jackpot", and for awhile I was really happy, patting myself on the back and all that...
I was even ignoring the lacking writing, unfortunately after a little longer it became evident that this wasn't going anywhere, and I was getting
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Omg I loved everything about this audiobook!

Beasts Made of Night has been on my radar for a really long time. Ever since I saw the cover and other people reading it - I wanted it. Unfortunately, it took me forever to do so but I guess it worked out in the end because I loved it!

Taj is probably the coolest main character I’ve met today. He is a sin-eater which sounds kind of interesting. He’s the best at what he does so it was pretty hard to believe that the royals wanted his best friend to help
Rashika (is tired)
I think there is this general conception that for a fantasy novel to be truly good, it needs to have about a 1,000,000 pages and at 304 pages, Beasts Made of Night is not a particularly long book. Do not and I repeat do NOT let that fool you. Tochi Onyebuchi packs a fucking punch in those 304 pages. World building? You got it. Adventure? You got it. A mother-fucking rebellion? YOU GOT IT. Beasts Made of Night isn't just a great novel for fantasy readers but also for people too vary of the genre ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Nigerian-inspired fantasy was exceptional from beginning to end. I was entranced by the world that Onyebuchi creates: one where monsters of sin are summoned from people and devoured by the aki, or sin-eaters. One where delicious, steaming descriptions of food are as prevalent as the congested and noisy stalls of the Forum, layered with corruption and poverty. One where the main character, Taj, is beginning to discover has hidden secrets that could change the city of Kos.

Review to come (and
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I think it’s obvious to say that the description of a “Nigerian-influenced fantasy” had me completely sold since the moment I laid eyes on this book. Then there was my upcoming trip to Africa so I just HAD to get my hands on a copy and I wasn’t at all disappointed.

The concept of sins being eaten I have seen before in the Sin Eaters Daughter which was an ok YA book but I liked more how this one felt more authentic in terms of culture and s
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm screaming what was that ending 😱😱😱😭😭😭 ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s, fantasy
Sins weigh us down, and if you carry them with you past death, the earth and the sky both will reject you

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2 / 5

Beasts Made of Night has been on my radar for a couple of months because it sounded fantastic: sin taking form as beasts, a young man whose job is to devour the sins of others, a dark conspiracy, and the cover is gorgeous. I love a dark, intriguing, conspiracy-laden fantasy novel from time to time, but unfortunately Beasts Made of Night but the writing was lacklustre at best and nob
Sarah Marie
DNF @ page 65

Beasts Made of Night takes place in the city of Kos and follows Taj, an aki. Akis are sin-eaters who feed off the sins of people and gain tattoos when they have conquered or fed upon the beasts made from sin. This novel has a very strong premise enriched and influenced by Nigerian storytelling/mythology. I believe that many readers will greatly enjoy and appreciate the world that Tochi Onyebuchi has woven together.

However, I'm not one of those readers. I wanted so badly to love this

Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book was fantastic. The execution... not so much. Although I loved the fact that it was inspired by Nigeria and seeing familiar words and foods and names made me smile, I had a problem with the pacing. The set up was good, the world was vivid and the character engaging... at first. But then the book dragged and plodded for 120-150 pages, and we got a climax that was... rushed. The villains were cookie cutter with no real motivations and were just bad for the sake of being bad ...more
Oct 23, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017-releases
The so is the MC voice and exploration of class system...just read it... I don't know why I'm writing this as if I'm saying it with my dying breath but that somehow feels right. ...more
Christine Spoors
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I really enjoyed this Nigerian inspired fantasy and loved the world that Onyebuchi created with sin-eaters called aki, like the main character Taj, who are paid to slay sin-beasts. When they slay the sin-beast they take on the sin themselves and get a painful tattoo. I've never read anything like this before!!

I couldn't decide if I was going to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I loved the writing, the world and the idea of the aki but I felt like this book needed another 100 pages or so. Some parts
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In the city of Kos the nobility task mages with magically calling forth their sins in the form of sin-beasts... But what to do with the lethal creatures spawned from the guilt? Pay a pittance to aki, young sin-eaters to kill the creatures and take the sins on themselves. The cost to these children is a physical tattoo as well as the sin appearing in their minds, accumulate too many and the aki is driven mad. Taj is the most talented aki in the c
In Beasts Made of Night there is a sect of society called the aki. The aki are young people that at some point manifested the ability to eat sin. They are not able to call forth the sin, that is the job of the mages. The aki are not revered for their position, in fact they are little higher than slaves at the whim of the Mages who control them. The citizens need them to eat their sins but they also fear them.

The Aki are easily recognized by their eyes and because when they consume an inisisa, th
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A gripping, visceral fantasy set in a cruelly beautiful world where sins are expelled by the rich as shadowed beasts and consumed by the poor. I truly enjoyed this one and loved Taj, who is an instantly likable character. Don't miss this! ...more
Ashley Marie
I was head over heels for the world-building, the magic system, and the characters. Wish we could've seen more of Marya, because she and Taj had a great rapport in that early scene and then as far as I recall she disappeared. The pacing felt a bit rushed but the ending was a great setup for Book 2. ...more
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
Premise is interesting, execution left a bit to be desired.

The good, how often do you get a YA book that incorporates some parts of Nigerian culture? Not often enough. The overall idea was also very interesting.

The bad, just not enough character development on the other characters. I feel like a stronger structural choice would have been to swap back and forth between Bo and Taj. This becomes especially apparent in the last 20 pages. Additionally, Taj is one of those characters that doesn't con
Bitchin' Reads
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Update 9/11/2017: So I ended up pushing through to the end yesterday. Still sticking to what I have said, and still sticking to this rating. The only thing I want to add is that the ending is greatly rushed. Plot twists were still coming late into the book and they were wrapped up quickly and in a manner I don't like.

Read it yourself when it comes out and let me know what you think. I think a guy might be able to better connect with the MC, because there was a disconnect for me.

9/8/2017: I rec
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Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of Beasts Made of Night, its sequel Crown of Thunder, War Girls, and the upcoming Riot Baby, forthcoming from in January 2020. He has graduated from Yale University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia Law School, and L’institut d’études politiques with a Masters degree in Global Business Law.

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