Beasts Made of Night
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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*
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Review to come (and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Aki are easily recognized by their eyes and because when they consume an inisisa, th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Scie ...more