Friday, 27 October 2017

Review: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

by Tochi Onyebuchi
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 31st, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.


Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi was an instant add to the TBR pile after being introduced the title through a YA preview event. It was a title that sounded both magical and unique, and had quite a bit of hype before ARCs made their rounds throughout the book reading community. Even so, I found the unique and intriguing plot might end up being possibly problematic. How so? I come across very few new fantasy ideas in the YA genre that, although, do sound unique, usually are not successfully executed into an intriguing tale. It can easily be a hit or miss depending on how much or how little is given to the reader in terms of plot, however I was hopeful before diving into Beasts made of Night, and was desperate to learn more about this gritty Nigerian influenced fantasy title.

Beasts Made of Night, regrettably, did not meet the climactic or plot-driven highs I had first expected before picking it up. In fact, I regrettably found the flow of the title to be very slow and almost unprogressive. It was a slow roll to learning more about Taj and his ability, and learning more about the unique world he came from. Even so, I still enjoyed the fantasy twist Tochi Oneyebuchi brought to the table. However, I do strongly feel like the execution, the overall drive on the novel, and it's characters could have used a little more subsistence, even just to keep me fully invested in the story.

Although Beasts of Night was not my cup of tea, that does not mean that I discourage others from picking it up. I recommend readers who would love to read something new in the fantasy genre to pick it up. The unique magical world of Beasts of Night is certainly refreshing, however as I mentioned before, it's overall execution was not enough to invest my complete attention.

2 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Thanks for your review. I was also intrigued by the story that seems so intriguing with a foreign inspiration. But since you said the execution is lacking, it isn't really high on my TBR.

  2. Oh no! I was hoping this was good!