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Beasts Made of Night, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Riveting, intricately detailed, Africa-influenced fantasy.

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Creating a fantasy that avoids the usual European-based fixtures can be hard work, but when the efforts pay off, they can be extremely satisfying, as they are in this Africa-inspired adventure. With Beasts Made of Night, debut novelist Tochi Onyebuchi creates a vibrant, intricately detailed fantasy world filled with wonder and treachery. The pace is a little slow at first, as Onyebuchi lays the groundwork necessary for the reversals that occur in the book's second half. Fans of Nnedi Okorafor are likely to be tuned to the novel's wavelength, but Beasts Made of Night is likely to appeal to a wide range of readers, who will be riveted by the shocking cliffhanger ending.

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