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The Monster of Elendhaven is a dark fantasy, a twisted tale of revenge set in an original world as oily and real as Jack the Ripper’s London. After a thing with no name washes up on the docks, empty, alone, and unable to die, he becomes obsessed with a frail young man who can twist minds with magic. Together, they launch a plan so dark and cruel that readers will find them ...more
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Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Tor.com
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Melanie

ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.

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Sana
Jan 08, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
'a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both'
JUST FUCK ME UP, TOR.COM
Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
Together, they launch a plan so dark and cruel that readers will find themselves cheering for blood, and for these avengers to consummate their horrible passion for each other.

In other words:



YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASS
Julie Zantopoulos
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
What a freaking ride. This was a quick read but it packed a serious lunch. I was provided this arc by TOR and I’m so thankful it made its way to me. This novella is graphic in its violence and unapologetic in its gore but it’s also hauntingly beautiful in its writing style. It is twisted and grotesque in a way you can’t look away from and I really enjoyed it. This is a fantasy world with magic and mages but also very real human motivators like revenge and lust. This falls short of being an eroti ...more
Acqua
Jan 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: adult
Look at that cover!

Quoting Tor.com's twitter, this book should feature:

"- High Quality Sociopath Love
- Gratuitous Violence
- Gratuitous Corpses
- Comedy With Approximately As Much Levity As The Depths of the Ocean
- Not Technically Necrophilia
- Technically A Love Story"

...I want to read this now? Also, I've heard it's gay.
Alex Zagorac
Jan 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Giesbrecht is my mom's maiden name so I'm just gonna go ahead and pretend that this awesome sounding book was written by a relative!
FanFiAddict
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating:★★★★★

Synopsis

The Monster of Elendhaven is a dark fantasy, a twisted tale of revenge set in an original world as oily and real as Jack the Ripper’s London. After a thing with no name washes up on the docks, empty, alone, and unable to die, he becomes obsessed with a frail young man who can twist minds with magic. Together, they launch a plan so dark and cruel that readers will find themselves cheering for blood, and for these avengers to consummate their horrible passion for each other. Bu
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J.A. Ironside
Many thanks to Tor.com for sending me a hardcopy arc :)

This is a quick read - I got through this novella in a single sitting - but its no less impactful for that. A huge amount of story is carefully folded into this delicately wrought story, filled with dark pockets containing darker gems.

Johann grows up on the streets of Elendhaven, discovering he has a few unusual talents - one of which is performing actions of ruthless, calculated violence. Florian was born to one of the dying city's great f
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Pie
Jan 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
Book: monsters, murder, magic, other cool things beginning with M.
Me: hello yes please when can I read this.
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Jan 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
01/12/19
this sounds like everything i ever needed??
Drew
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best of the Tor.com novellas, for me, are the ones that are as much about world-building as they are about the story they aim to tell. This one, for sure, has a story and it's a corker with plenty of violence and passion and the usual twists & turns -- but it is the world of Elendhaven, the strange dark snowy landscape of the city and its inhabitants that makes this such a terrific read. I found myself dreaming of Elendhaven the same way I did of Ambergris the first time I visited, and I ...more
hellohelloallie
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was the dark and gore-filled companion to Susana Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. The prose is exquisite and the violence portrayed with complete beauty. Tor.com is THE imprint for genre-bending, Cross-the-border fiction.
Em
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grimy and dark and fucked-up and absolutely delicious.
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A deliciously dark fantasia that will appeal to fans of the Dishonored and Bioshock franchises. Fantasy readers shouldn't miss out on this violent, delightful treat.
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