The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of ...more
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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 ...more
Deeplight was one of my most anticipated fantasy-releases of 2019, and I'm so happy it didn't let me down. Frances Hardinge has written an exciting and dangerous sea-adventure, in which a young boy has to handle (deaf) smugglers, ancient Gods, and a toxic friendship in order to survive.
"Stories were ruthless creatures, and sometimes fattened themselves on bloody happenings."
The absolute highlight ...more
It's Frances Hardinge, so of course it's amazingly well written, but it's not my favorite of hers. For some reason, I just didn't connect with this one emotionally at all.
There are monster-gods!
Lots of fish and fishy things!
OH! FISHY THINGS HA HA GET IT COZ EVERYONE IS UP TO SUSS.
Wow, look how well my brain works after all this science and sea. Sorry. I need some time to dry out.
Also, Jelt is a JERK.
A day later ...
Okay, here I am to write a proper review for this highly unusual book!
Shall I give you the plot?
Hark is a troubled young orphan being ...more
4.5 stars for this tale of gods, sea monsters and heros. This was a wonderful coming of age tale with some deep questions asked about who we are and who we can or do become. If gods die, what are they replaced with in our hearts? Does fear feed faith? Hark,Selphin and Jelt were interesting and well fleshed out characters who grew, developed and changed through the story, not all ...more
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...)
Deeplight follows the story of two long-time friends called Hark and Jelt who grew up together in the Shelter, which is an orphanage of sorts for parentless, abandoned children.
Jelt has always taken charge of their survival, finding ominous ways to make money which are usually not strictly speaking above the law, and usually end in some sort of trouble for Hark.
One day another one of Jelts operations to make money goes ...more
Deeplight set in a world of mystery and myth. It's really unique. I never thought that I'm liking this book so much. People in this world believe that there is something from the powerful Gods left behind at the bottom of the ocean. People are trying to find the things that the Gods left behind and make them as a trade. Some of the people are constantly trying to find the things.
To me the world building in Deeplight is perfect. The ...more
This is the first book by ...more
I've read a surprising number of her books so far (surprising only because they crept up on my, and suddenly it isn't a case of "here's a new authors I'm really enjoying" but more "here is a probably top favourite author whose books I've read nearly in their entirety over (close to) a decade) and Deeplight is probably among my favourites of them, somewhere just behind The Lie Tree and Gullstruck Island.
Deep-sea gods that breathe-in ...more
The premise was amazing but I didn't like the execution. I struggled throughout to keep my mind focused on the story and more often than not, I had to reread many parts because I hadn't paid attention the first time I read them - my mind kept wandering off. I also didn't connect with any of the characters which was a massive problem for me, and probably the reason preventing me from fully engaging with the story.
The writing was good though and there were parts I liked but overall, this ...more
I love love love Frances Hardinge. Her ideas are unique in every way, and she brings them to life in a way that's so unusual I can't even wrap my head around how she does it. This is probably my favourite of her books yet (I'm a sucker for ocean cryptids). Old gods and penniless scavengers and lost, ancient mythology and science combined. Wonderful.
Deeplight is a unique story set in a world of mystery and myth. In this world, people believe there are remnants of the all-powerful Gods at the bottom of the ocean. As such, a lucrative and dangerous trade is born on the islands and people are constantly searching for pieces of ‘Godware’.
I did ...more
In Deeplight Frances Hardinge has essentially taken the contents of a rock pool and created a Pantheon of Sea Gods. They feed on human fear that bleeds down into the deep ocean where they live in the Undersea. The Hidden Lady has legs ...more
The more I think about this book, the more in awe I am even though it's been a while since I've finished it. I had heard people singing Hardinge's praise for ages and I became quickly intrigued by this particular story after hearing her speak at a conference earlier this year. That being said, I still wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book -neither before picking it up nor while actually reading it- so it was meant to blow my mind in one way or another.
Hardinge weaves a complex ...more
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 ...more
hark is one of the most loveable protagonists i've read about in a while - it was so easy to be on his side. he's so eager and young and determined, and cares for his friends so deeply even when they don't deserve it. i loved his interactions with... ...more
Because the first thing that truly stood out was the atmosphere, partly created by the enchanting and mesmerising writing style. Within a few chapters Hardinge ...more
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