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512 pages, Hardcover
First published October 15, 2019
“When the dead find words, the goddess and the Devoted son will meet atop a fish not a fish, on a sea not a sea. It is she who travels to the endless Abyss, and it is he who guides her.”
“We’re chasing a dying sea under an endless sun that kills us with a thousand little cuts every day. There’ll be nothing left soon. Nothing but sand and bone.”
“A demoness is what they call a goddess that men cannot control.”
Twin goddesses have always ruled Aeon but seventeen years ago, one of the twins refused a prophecy and the Breaking happened.
A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control.
The mirage stared down at me...Its face was still swathed in shadows - until I realized it wasn't.Perhaps they feel drawn to correct a great wrong? Or perhaps the broken prophecy is drawing them into something far more sinister...
There was no face underneath that hood.
...the shadows gathered to a spot above her heart, pulsing with an unknown ichor.Whew. This one was a WILD ride!
My new series, THE NEVER TILTING WORLD, has 4 POVs:
+ chaotic Slytherin lesbian deity
+ PTSD-suffering Asian bi Gryffindor warrioress
+ Grouchy disabled Hufflepuff Asian gunner
+ Ravenclaw nerd mechanic who is also a goddess
“A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control.”
Rin Chupeco became one of my biggest discoveries of the year back in the first trimester of 2019. I read and loved her The Bone Witch trilogy so much that I was over the moon when I found out she had another book coming out this year. After reading the synopsis of The Never Tilting World and how the author sorted the main characters in Hogwarts Houses, I just knew I needed this book. I was very lucky to get an eARC of this book and jumped into it hoping to fell in love with this story. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Never Tilting World is a story set in a world divided in two kingdoms: Aeon and Aranth. Aeon is a frozen territory in perpetual night, while Aranth is a realm scorched by a perpetual sun. Both territories used to be part of the same kingdom ruled by twin goddesses until seventeen years ago, when one of the twins ruling by then—Asteria and Latona—betrayed the other one. Now, there is a new generation of twins, Odessa and Haidee, each one raised by one of the goddesses and without knowing they have a sister. Odessa is a lesbian deity with a strange and chronically disease. Haidee is a mechanic and a goddess who cares deeply for every living creature.
The lives of both goddesses are about to take an unexpected turn when some dark creatures start to appear in Aeon and Aranth looking for them. The climate change is killing their world and only they can stop it before it is too late. Both goddesses will start their respective travel to the Breaking, the point where both kingdoms were split seventeen years ago. But they won’t travel alone. On the one side, Odessa will have Lan by her side, a bisexual Catseye with a strong healing power and who is dealing with anxiety and panic attacks because of her PTSD. On the other side, Haidee’s journey will intersect with Arjun, a disabled Firesmoker and a member of the Oryx clan.
The premise sounds promising, right? Rin Chupeco has created once again an original world with its complex gears and an interesting prophecy. The thing is that, to my dismay, the execution of the plot was all over the place. I felt like the author was telling us a summary of the story instead of the real novel. The pacing was a mess, everything is way too rushed and it felt like some scenes were missing, leaving huge inconsistences in the plot and making the relationships between the characters too forced.
I was really looking forward to read Odessa and Lan f/f romance, so imagine my disappointment when I found a lack of scenes between them. Actually, I found a general lack of scenes between all the characters from Aeon. It is as if some pieces were missing in the middle of those chapters and that storyline felt incomplete without them.
Summing up, Rin Chupeco has create another very interesting premise with a fantasy story focused on raising awareness of the climate change and its consequences. Unfortunately, I found the pacing too rushed and the execution of the plot quite a mess. I strongly think that this book should have gone through a deeper editing process.
“People don’t think much about the truth when the lies sound more interesting, Your Holiness.”
P.S.: English isn’t my native language, so I apologise if you see any mistakes.