Wew, it’s been a long week! I ended up getting caught up in a book I was reading and just didn’t have time to check out the latest on Netflix. I’m sure I’ll be back to watching movies soon, but I did end up reading a couple short books this week. Daughters of Despair was especially interesting, and I’ve already picked up book two. The way Rivas structured the story was quite unorthodox, and it took a bit to get into the rhythm of reading, but I was really captured once I settled in.
The Black Veldt was exceptionally dark, so reader beware. I was, however, quite impressed with Reyes’s prose and felt the book moved along smoothly. It was a very short book, and I flew through it in an afternoon.
I will leave my official Amazon reviews below with 0 spoilers.
Who knows what I’ll be up to next Friday, but will be back then with an update! Have a safe and relaxing weekend, and Happy Reading, everyone!
The Daughters of Despair, by Andrew Rivas, is quite an interesting book. It is high fantasy, but that wasn’t what really drew me in. The format and style of the book is almost like a screenplay, but not quite. 99% of the book is told as if in an interview style, where the reader takes the place of the interviewer. There are main POVs, and 100s of other POVs, some one offs, and many of those are unreliable narrators. Piecing together the mystery of what’s going on was almost interactive, and with so many POVs, it gave an extra sense of urgency to what was going on.
I did have some issues with a few of the one off POVs, as they felt like they were building up to a story, but nothing happened. Also, there was a secondary story with Nano, Mal, and Stoic that kinda fell away towards the end, and at least one of those characters had a very abrupt ending that was well written and impactful, but there was a lot missing leading up to it. The other two characters disappeared entirely.
If this had been a complete book, it definitely would have impacted the rating, but since there is another book, I’ll withhold judgement on that for now. Although the main story line is addressed, the ending does open up more plot points to follow in an organic way. There is no cliffhanger.
This book is very dark and gritty, which is what I was looking for. The prose is stream-of-consciousness style, and the writing pulls you into the story quite quickly. The descriptions are great, and the author has the groundwork of the story laid right off as he peppers in the mystery of Carvel’s past. I have to say that was probably the biggest draw for me to keep reading until more of a mystery is introduced with the green-haired girl. Then the story really gets going.
The story is set in the 70s in New York, both a time period and place that I have no experience with, so I can’t vouch for accuracy. There are some formatting errors, but not many grammatical errors, and I would say this book is worth reading, just for the prose alone. Reyes is fantastic at painting a picture, and there are some dream sequences that I really liked, but some not so much. I understand that Carvel is an unreliable narrator (like towards the first of the book), but some scenes later in the book required a reread to figure out what was going on, although I don’t think the reader is supposed to understand everything.