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The Book of Uriel by Elyse Hoffman
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really liked it
bookshelves: arcs, own-as-e-book, read-in-2021

This historical fantasy is set in Poland. It opens with pretty distressing scenes and moves on to meld the trauma of the Holocaust with Jewish folklore and fantasy and explores questions of humanity and righteousness.

The main characters Uriel and Uwe and Major Brandt are all fully realised, the two adults being suitably conflicted. The prose is beautiful and the plot is intriguing.

A couple of slight issues that may be because I read an Advanced and unedited copy. The chapters were really long and there was some head hopping in some of the scenes, switching back and forth between character POV.

But to me this was reminiscent of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, the Diary of Anne Frank, Pan’s Labyrinth and another film I can’t mention because it would be a spoiler. The blend of stark reality and fantasy adventure works well. Given the subject matter this is a fairly heavy read at times but the focus on the stories and mythology in The Book of Uriel adds a different layer of complexity.

Thanks to Dave at The Write Reads and the author for a gifted eARC for the purposes of an honest review. Do follow the rest of the tour using #TheBookOfUriel on Twitter/Instagram.
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Reading Progress

August 12, 2021 – Shelved
August 12, 2021 – Shelved as: to-read
October 24, 2021 – Started Reading
October 24, 2021 – Shelved as: own-as-e-book
October 24, 2021 – Shelved as: arcs
October 24, 2021 – Shelved as: read-in-2021
October 24, 2021 –
October 25, 2021 – Finished Reading

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