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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  21 reviews
For centuries the gods of the Undersea ruled the islands of the Myriad through awe and terror: they were very real, and very dangerous. Sacrifices were hurled into the waters to appease them, and every boat was painted with pleading eyes to entreat their mercy. They were served, feared and adored. Then, thirty years ago, the gods rose up in madness and tore each other apar ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: October 31st 2019 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best YA novels I’ve read in a long time, and will most likely secure a place in my top ten books of the year, and here’s why:

Hardinge is at her prime with this kind of world and writing; its fantasy in the best way. There is a fleshed out world which is dark and intriguing, the premise of the recent history of this world has set up a perfect culture to explore whilst reading - an archipelago called Myriad once terrorised by these gods from the depths of the waters around them
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
[unholy screech]

In more coherent thoughts, I'm happy that we're finally getting another non-historical fantasy. Don't get me wrong, Hardinge's historical fantasy books are still good (A Skinful of Shadows was phenomenal) but I love her made-up worlds best.

(I just wish she'd return to the Fractured Realms sometime...)
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read

This book was honestly just paradise for me. It had everything. The unknowable majesty and terror of the sea, giant eldritch abominations worshipped as gods, exploration of divinity and what makes one a god or a monster, and of course: a female protag who takes absolutely no shit and saves humanity. This was also the first book I've ever read which featured sign language and hard of hearing characters as active protagonists who weren't miserable because they wer
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stories were ruthless creatures, and sometimes fattened themselves on bloody happenings. [loc. 113]

[Publication date 30OCT19: review coming early October. Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy!]
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Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me preface this review by saying that I think Frances Hardinge is something of a genius storyteller. The standard of her writing is not only highly original but also transcends that “YA category” (where she seems to be shoehorned) into a much broader literary appeal. So when I say I liked, rather than loved, Deeplight as her latest offering, it’s still meant as relatively high praise.

In this book, which takes place on the fictional archipelago of the Myriad, Hardinge’s characters live in a p
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Thanks to NetGalley for an early copy of this book for review.

I'm in two minds about this book. The first half, I liked but didn't love; the second half, I liked more. I'm actually going to give this book 3.5 stars for that reason (because I felt like the two halves of the book had different ratings for me).
The first half of the book felt quite slow. I was interested in it, but I just wasn't quite invested in it. I didn't really like any of the characters and I wasn't quite sure where the plot w
I had the absolute privilege to read this masterpiece early thanks to my wonderful friend Matthew!

I am convinced after reading this book (and the synopsis of her other works) that Frances Hardinge is the greatest storyteller of our time.
I'm not saying this lightly and I'm not saying this without reason, in fact I do have many reasons to back me up, which you will discover once you pick the book up yourself.
This book is the perfect, school-book example for perfect world building from page one, li
Helen Thompson
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! Set in an unfamiliar world where the Gods have, until recently, been a terrifying presence for the inhabitants of a cluster of islands, Deeplight is so utterly enthralling that finishing the book is like being yanked out of your world.
Hark and Jelt have been best friends, almost brothers, forever. Scraping a living through deception, sometimes theft (sometimes worse) they have seen one another less and less over the years but their bond is
Amba Kumar
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story, it was compelling, magical and completely un-put-downable. Like her previous novel, The Lie Tree, Hardinge has created a magical alternate world in which giant sea creatures, with evocative names like The glass Cardinal and The Hidden Lady are worshipped as gods by the islanders on which they prey. It's a story about two street boys, their one-sided friendship and how the magic they encounter through the physical remnants of the 'gods' (known as as godware) changes their live ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The Lie Tree and Skinful of Shadows are some of my favourite books so the fact I didn't enjoy this one as much...pains me.

I was completely lost through most of the book - this may be partly my fault as I zoned out at some points and didn't pay attention. I think the biggest problem was I wasn't connect to the story at all, I didn't get into it.

I really hated Jelt, from the get go. Every time Hark said he's my best friend, my brother or my hero but Jelt is horrible. Even when Hark nearly died be
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Frances Hardinge has to be one of the most original and ingenious authors writing at the moment. Every one of her books brings something new to the table and opens up whole new worlds and ideas that send the imagination spinning. 'Deeplight' is no exception. A world of islands and oceans and giant sea bound Gods, filled with high jinx, peril and friendship. Not since I read Six of Crows have I been so taken to a cast of characters and been so invested in the fate of them. I highly recommend this ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hardinge is at her best in this fantasy adventure. I preferred this one to The Lie Tree. Hark, Selphin and Quesr are great characters, made more real because of their flaws.
Hardinge has created a wondrous world, with gods, myths, priests and daring heroes.
One of the best childrens books I've read in a while.
My thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for this copy.
Katy Wheatley
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love everything Frances Hardinge writes and this is no exception. She has an extraordinary breadth of talent as a writer. This fantasy novel set on a chain of islands where the gods are dead and people are searching for something to believe in is both a fantastic adventure story and a brilliant exploration of the idea of belief and the relationship between god and man.
Aug 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
howww do i never hear about new Frances Hardinge books until, like, publication date is nigh upon us?
Cyn Dee
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, Hardinge's story never fails to make me fall in love with her prose all over again.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
An almost steampunk style fantasy adventure full of gods and monsters. A lengthy complex read for more advanced kids. No content but quite a bit of violence and gore. Recommend 12+
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The gods of the Myriad - a collection of islands - are gone. They turned on each other 30 years ago and fought to the death,no-one know why, but the myths still abound and there's a roaring trade in "Godware" - parts of the former gods which can be used to make new, unusual craft.

Hark and Jelt live on Lady's Crave, orphans who eke out a living by small time cons and petty crime. But Jelt wants more, and Hark is dragged along - until he has to save Jelt from the sea and the Jelt who returns isn't
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Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and the two things inspired her to write strange, magical stories from an early age. She studied English at Oxford University and now lives in Oxford, England.
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