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The Sins on Their Bones

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Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the ARC of The Sins on Their Bones!

I love love loved this book and I think the author did a fantastic job! I had such a great time reading it and if felt like it was on my mind even when I wasn't reading. It was one of those books where you just couldn't wait to get back to reading and find out what happens. I was even telling my coworkers and roommates about it while reading.

The relationship between Dimitri and Vasily was absolutely beautiful. It was set up in a way that I wasn't sure if it would happen or not but I had my fingers crossed the whole time. Despite the fact that they had a physical relationship from the beginning, it still felt like a slow burn because it took so long for them to admit their true feelings and help each other through their trauma. The world was so interesting and unique with the mysterious library, the Ludayzim religion/Holy Science, demons, resurrection, etc. It was incredibly dark at times. The trigger warnings are numerous. But, I think the author handled them with care. I think the author also excelled at the portrayal of grief, abusive relationships, trauma from past relationships affecting your new ones, PTSD, self medicating, not wanting to burden the people around you, etc.

I also really liked how different the POVs were. I didn't feel like there were too many or that I liked one less than the other. Reading Alexey's thoughts was definitely disturbing but I did like getting the villains POV. Reading how Dimitri perceived himself and then how others perceived him made me rethink some of my relationships.

My one complaint is that I really did not feel that connected to the rest of Dimitri's court. It took me till about 50% into the book to be able to actually distinguish them and while it was obvious that they cared for each other and I think their relationships were well written, I personally did not find them to have unique enough attributes to be memorable.

Besides that, I really enjoyed the experience and I am looking forward to trying more by this author in the future!

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“If I die first,” he said, beginning the toast they had said over and over since the beginning of the war. “I’ll tell you the secrets of heaven,” they all echoed.

The Sins On Their Bones is a dark fantasy pitched as perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and C.S. Pacat. Both are favourite authors, and having read TSOTB, I can confirm that there are distinct Shadow & Bones vibes and that the novel packs as powerful of an emotional punch as The Captive Prince did for me.

The novel is set in and around Novo-Svitsevo, a reimagined 19th century Eastern Europe, in the af-termath of a devastating civil war.
Dimitri Alexeyev, former Tzar of Novo-Svitsevo, is hiding in exile with what remains of his court, while his estranged husband Alexey Balakin sits on the throne in Rav-Mikhailburg and exerts a rule of terror over the country. Alexey has died and resurrected himself through what he calls the Holy Science, has turned his body indestructible in the process, is convinced that God speaks to him di-rectly and is commanding him to build a demon army to build the greatest empire that history has ever seen.
Dimitri is determined to save his country. Together with his spymaster, Vasily Solokov, he sets out to find a way to kill the immortal Alexey. But bringing down Alexey may come at too great a cost to Dimitri…

Samotin’s debut was an absolutely devastating read – I loved it and am more than a bit obsessed with it. The world-building was rich, steeped in Jewish folklore and religion, with a queer-normative society and a wide range of representation. It is a dark fantasy and there are some heavy topics being addressed, so make sure to check the trigger warnings carefully. TSOTB contains, among others, body horror, experimentation on non-consenting subjects, intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, anxiety and depression.
The story is told from three POVs: Dimitri, Vasily and Alexey. If you wished to hear more from the Darkling’s POV in Shadow & Bone, you’ll enjoy having the villain as a main POV character, getting an insight into his mind, how he justifies his actions and how righteous he feels. Dimitri’s court is the perfect found family. They’re already an established group at the outset of the novel, know each other and each have their roles. In terms of relationship development, Dimitri and Vasily’s relationship is the one that develops most over the course of the novel, as they help each other deal with past trauma.
The beautiful playing card illustrations included at the beginning reminded me a bit of the illustrations in the Six of Crows collector’s edition – I love them even more knowing the meaning behind them after reading the novel. Piotyr the demon-hunting goat was also an instant favourite.

When I initially read this novel, I expected it to be a stand-alone, and in my opinion it would work well as such if you disregard the final chapter, but I was thrilled to learn that I’ll get to spend more time in Novo-Svitsevo. A clear new favourite – I can’t wait to add a physical copy to my bookshelves!

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4/5 stars
Recommended if you like: fantasy, historical fantasy, LGBTQ+ characters, political intrigue, Russian Revolution

This review has been posted to Goodreads as of 4/2, my book review blog as of 4/18, and Instagram as of 4/20.

TW rape/SA, spousal abuse

This definitely seems to be a book that you absolutely love or that you struggle with. I obviously thought this book deserved 4 stars, but I did struggle immensely with getting through the book. The pacing is very slow and it takes a while for the plot and the characters to really warm up. I do feel like a good portion of the first 50% could be cut without damaging the story.

Without a doubt this is a story about suffering and about healing. Dimitri, one of the MCs and narrators, is in terrible amounts of pain after what occurred with his husband and the revolution. He's the one we see suffering the most, but the book does follow his journey as he begins to heal and discover who he is on the other side of those things. Vasily, another one of the narrators, has pain in his past that is alluded to over the course of the novel. He's at a different stage of the healing process than Dimitri, but that pain and healing is still there.

I think part of the problem with the book's pacing is that Samotin strives to show a realistic journey of pain, depression, and healing, and that path is not a quick one. Dimitri does not recover over night or in the span of a chapter. He first needs to recognize that he can heal and then he continually needs to make that choice. I do think it's a realistic depiction, and I applaud Samotin for showing that. However, I think time jumps could have, and probably should have, been used.

Setting aside the pacing, I was fascinated by the setting of this book. It takes place in a fantasy, Jewish-majority version of Russia circa the Russian Revolution. The setting is rich with architecture and clothing and traditions. I liked the interplay of the different sects of religion in the novel and how that was used to create tension between characters who followed Ludyazist mysticism vs. those who followed the (not-so) Holy Science. I also thought it was interesting to read a book where a fantasy version of Judaism is the predominant religion instead of having it be a fantasy version of Christianity.

Dimitri is the main character, imo, even though there are three narrators. As mentioned above, this is very much a healing story, and Dimitri has a lot to heal from. He was the Tzar of Novo-Svitsevo prior to the revolution and he desperately loves his country. He also desperately loves his husband, who overthrew him and is just generally a not great (read: abusive) dude. Dimitri is grappling with the consequences of war and the feeling he let his country down, as well as the guilt associated with helping place his husband, Alexey, in a place to do that in the first place. But he's also recovering from the abuse Alexey put him through and coming to terms with the fact that it wasn't his fault. Beyond all of these things, Dimitri is extremely loyal and it's clear he loves his friends dearly.

Vasily might be my favorite narrating character. He's Dimitri's spymaster and fled with him into hiding after the end of the war. He blends humor and seriousness well and is able to stabilize situations fairly well. I liked seeing him work, I always think it's fascinating to see a character become someone else as a spying/manipulation tactic. He has his own past trauma that gets revealed a bit throughout the book, though he's further along on his healing journey than Dimitri is.

Alexey is the last narrating character and he was Dimitri's husband. Through experimentation with the Holy Science, Alexey has become immortal and is impossible to kill. He was already tempestuous and abusive, but post-immortality and post-war, he's only become more volatile. He strives to create and control an army of demons in order to make Novo-Svitsevo the strongest country in the world. But despite his delusions of grandeur, most of his court is terrified of him and he has little patience for what it means to run a country. Alexey is not portrayed as the good guy in any way, but his POV is one of an abuser, so keep that in mind.

I enjoyed the side characters on Dimitri's side of things. Other than Vasily, there are three other members of his court who fled with him and they are Annika, his general; Ladushka, his strategist; and Mischa, his physician. They each felt like well-rounded characters with their own pasts and idiosyncrasies. I would've liked to know a bit more about them but the pacing of the book makes that difficult.

Overall I think this book had a lot of potential. The pacing definitely got in the way of the plot and I think a good portion of the beginning of the book probably could've been cut. I liked the side characters more than the main characters as well, so that could've contributed as well. That being said, the characters have a lot of depth to them and the setting + magic system were interesting.

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Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.

Unfortunately this was a DNF for me at 34% as I found myself skimming whole pages trying to get into this.

I think my main issue with this book is it feels as though it’s a sequel to something. All the characters are already strongly bonded by past trauma and a past war that we’ve not experienced. Dimitri is mourning this entire past relationship that we never saw play out. As a result, it leaves the current emotional situation falling flat for me personally. I understand these characters have been through a lot but I feel far too distanced from it to empathise in any way.

Also in the 130-ish pages I read, honestly nothing had happened aside from a whole lot of moping and that’s just…not my jam, sorry.

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THE SINS ON THEIR BONES is a dark fantasy about finding courage from others' steadfast love to heal and stand up for yourself.

It is a bloody, brutal tale that does not shy away from the dark label - it is one that feels deserving of the label even though it shuns some of the aesthetics of it. There is death and sacrifice and abuse on page, exploring what it can do to a person and how guilt can cripple us.

At the heart of the tale is the found family around Dimitri, their steadfast support for one another as they all face demons in their past - and real ones in the present. I love a found family tale and this book certainly delivers on that promise. They are a tight unit who love one another, knowing when to push and when to give space, and would die to save each other.

The book is told from the perspectives of Dimitri, Alexey, and Vasily. It was interesting (if very uncomfortable at times) to see inside Alexey's head. He absolutely believes he is in the right and that his actions are those from love, that it's right he has to punish his lovers for defying him. It is an unflinching look at religious fanaticism.

I thought this book was a standalone at first but then I hit the ending and realised it had to be a series (it took a look of searching to find the confirmation.)

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This was a folklore-inspired reimagining of 19th century Eastern Europe,

A compelling queer dark fantasy about two estranged husbands and a daring spymaster on opposite sides of a civil war.

Quite a captivating read overall

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📕~ The Sins on Their Bones
✍🏻 ~ Laura R. Samotin
⭐~ 4/5

I received an e-ARC, and anything shared in this review is my opinion!

The Sins on Their Bones book cover and synopsis caught my attention and piqued my interest enough for me to submit a request for an e-ARC. This novel also features a queer dark fantasy with Jewish folklore that takes place in 19th-century Eastern Europe.

You are captivated by Laura's writing from the first page of the book and want to read it through late at night. This happened to me as I was reading The Sins on Their Bones with thoroughness. I thought the plot, world-building, and characters were all excellent since they all helped the story progress in the proper way. Even though the book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, I have to admit that I experienced a wide range of emotions while reading. The characters' points of view (POVs) were written so skillfully that as a reader you are able to tell them apart and sense their differences.

I thought the plot, world-building, and characters were all excellent since they all helped the story progress in the proper way. Even though the book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, I have to admit that I experienced a wide range of emotions while reading. The characters' points of view (POVs) were written so skillfully that you were able to tell them apart and sense their differences.

Overall, Laura's debut novel, The Sins on Their Bones, is recommended reading for anybody who enjoys complex characters and character-centered stories set in an enchanted world with queer love stories. Though, before beginning this book, check for trigger warnings as the book touches on and discusses a number of challenging subjects that may be difficult for readers to dive into.

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Laura R. Samotin for this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review! Much appreciated it!

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I like political fantasy. I like it a lot, actually. Give me a fantastical world with some dense worldbuilding and political machinations and I’m there faster than you can say Attolis Eugenides. The Sins on Their Bones should have been one of those books. Instead, however, I’m left feeling like I’m looking at a Monet: beautiful from far away, but up close, it’s a meandering, aimless mess.

The premise of a 19th century Eastern Europe fantasy based on Jewish mythology was so exciting to me. I’m especially excited by queer-normative worlds with diverse casts of characters. The lyrical and beautiful prose crafted an atmosphere reminiscent of ancient Russia, which isn’t particularly unique in the fantasy sphere (slavpunk has been a thing for quite some time now), but the relationship dynamics and the use of Jewish mysticism are a unique and welcome twist on a familiar formula.

The characters, too, were a positive: despite my issues with the plot and pacing, the characters were complex and well-developed. Dimitri in particular was a highlight. The depictions of his growth from abuse and his budding relationship with his master of spies were highlights of the novel. I will say that I thought the decision to set the novel after the big war between Dimitri and Alexey was a capital-C Choice ™ and I think it would’ve made much more sense (and made a much more compelling novel) to write through the events of the war in book one. Alexey himself is a frustrating element. It’s unclear to me whether or not he’s a charlatan, a demon, a revenant, or a science experiment gone wrong (or right?) and, based solely on the strength of the plot, I’m not sure if the author knows this, either.

As I’ve alluded to, this book is slooooooooowwwwww. I don’t mind taking time to worldbuild, but the worldbuilding itself feels paper-thin. The magic system in the book is incomplete in a way that feels less like a soft magic system and more like an incomplete story element. Honestly, I felt downright numb at times. The multiple POVs didn’t help things; in particular, I felt that including Alexey’s POV removed much of the mystery and intrigue. So much of the plot was essentially told secondhand in recollections and memories, removing much of the gravitas and emotional punch that would’ve occurred if the readers were allowed to experience the world-shaking civil war firsthand. And, again, I have to wonder why this book was set after the Big Event. I’m so much more interested in reading about that. Give me that story!

In the end, I guess all I can say is this is yet another case of missed potential. While The Sins on Their Bones has so many promising elements (dark themes, political intrigue, diverse characters, a lush setting), so much good stuff is muddled, underutilized, or overshadowed. I’m just disappointed.

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Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Random
House for the eARC!

This was dark, definitely check the trigger warnings. It’s a very adult, character driven political novel that I enjoyed the prose of but it definitely took too long to get to the plot in my opinion.

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I'm going to preface this review by saying that there's some CW for violence and sexual violence that folks should definitely be mindful of.

This is a character driven novel, told from three perspectives: the fallen Tzar, the spy master, and the usurper. This is BEAUTIFULLY written, and I loved the prose, the way the story was told. It was super easy to follow and definitely held my interest in places where it was waning. As many other reviewers have stated, this is a Jewish folklore inspired book with politics galore. If you enjoyed The Cruel Prince but wanted something more "adult", but less of a commitment than A Song of Ice and Fire, this may be for you!

What prevented me from LOVING this boiled down to pacing and characters I couldn't get behind. When I say this is character driven, I am not exaggerating. For the first 200 pages or so, there is very little actual story progression--we're basically watching all three characters live their lives and hear their emotional inner monologues. Cutting that down to half the length and progressing the plot would have made the pacing a LOT more enjoyable and impactful.

The length of the inner monologuing also made it hard to cheer for anyone. How can I be rooting for the Tsar to get his throne back when I'm not sure he even WANTS to be Tzar, let alone he would be a good one. He spends the first 200 pages wallowing in self-pity--and this is the guy we want on the throne? His country is at war and people are being decimated, but he can't pull it together? Or what about the spymaster who is terrible at keeping his emotions in check and on the verge of ruining every disguise? That's.....not promising for the job.

I LOVED the LGBT rep, but the sex and sexual abuse was definitely overkill--this isn't a romantasy novel (which I do also read, so it's not an attack on the genre). We get a LOT of sex scenes to remind us how sexually dysfunctional everyone is when it really isn't necessary to further the plot, character, or relationship development.

Overall, this is a solid read and I think is PERFECTLY suited for fans of The Cruel Prince wanting a more "adult" story.

Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read and review this one ahead of publication!

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Thank you so much Laura and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy of this book. Sins on our bones has such a compelling story and is utterly heartbreaking. This book explores the trauma that the characters have experienced in such a meaningful way through 3 different POVs. The characters have so much depth and chemistry with each other, creating a chosen family which really pays off and adds so much to the storyline. This was an excellent read of a dark romantasy!

Sins on our bones definitely reminded me of a darker Shadow and Bone as many of the other reviews have also stated and having read both I loved Sins on our Bones so much more!

Overall the characters, storytelling, the use of POVs, and world building was excellent. I would definitely recommend this book to those who love to read darker fantasy books.

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I think political fantasies are my jam.

The Sins on Their Bones drops us into Novo-Svitsevo in the aftermath of a war. When I was explaining it to my husband, he said, “like Star Wars” which made me laugh, but also, like…kinda? Anyway, Dimitri, the rightful Tzar, has been overthrown by his estranged husband, Alexey. Dimitri is in hiding, and Alexey is being a giant prick, using perverse methods to become immortal while supposedly being directed by the voice of God. It’s up to Dimitri and what’s left of his small court of followers to save the country and its people.

Please, check the content warnings before reading. It’s dark. Villains are not morally grey redeemable characters here.

That being said, I ate this book up. It’s sort of a slow build, with lots of emphasis on our character’s feelings and motivations, which I absolutely love. The world building is so interesting! It’s based on Jewish history and culture, and the author states that she was inspired by legends and folktales she grew up with. Very cool!

One of my favourite tropes is found family, and this book definitely hits the sweet spot on that. So many boxes were ticked for me - learning to trust and love, healing, finding a sense of belonging, gaining back confidence. Just a lot of great themes covered, and it’s subtle, not in your face telling instead of showing.

The queer rep is also well done. The author wanted to create a “world where queerness is normative”, and I think she’s done an amazing job.

And…that ending? So are we getting a sequel? A series? Whatever happens, I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this author’s future works. Gorgeous debut, and one of my favourite reads so far this year.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for providing the ARC of this book. This review is my honest and voluntary opinion.

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For fans of Shadow and Bone.

It is extremely rare that I DNF a book. I don’t like to not give a book a chance to make it up to me further into the story, but this time, I have decided to DNF the book at 42%. I got to chapter 17 and could simply not pull up the motivation to continue and as this is an arc it hurts a bit more. But no one should feel forced to finish a book they are not enjoying.

I can see the potential with The Sins On Their Bones with the use of folklore and myths, which is usually always a hit when it comes to fantasy.

This book read more like a sequel or even possibly the end of a trilogy than a first book and that was my first initial thought after reading 150 pages where nothing really happened.

The pacing was almost too slow at times and I found myself struggling to concentrate for more than a few pages at the time (was reading on my phone, which is not my preferred device at all).

Alexey reminds me of The Darkling from S&B and was definitely the most interesting character of the bunch because he was actually doing something and not just moping around like Dimitri.

The writing is beautiful and I am certain many people will have a different connection to this than me and will enjoy it so much more and I hope they do, but it just wasn’t for me.

Thank you to Random House Canada for the e-arc.

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There are parts of this story I very much enjoyed. The parts based on Jewish mythology were well portrayed and engaging. I could feel the pain Dimitri felt, that crippling sense of loss and the guilt and shame because he felt partly responsible for what happened to Alexey. But Dimitri also felt responsible for his own abuse, and that portrayal felt real and accurate.

However, part way into the book, I felt like I'd missed reading the first book in the series. Only there is no first book. And there should be a first book. How much more powerful would it be if we knew what Dimitri did with Alexey? If we knew how Alexey gave up his humanity in a quest for knowledge and power?

Also, there is way too much graphic sex for me personally. I skip sex scenes in books because they make me uncomfortable. But some of the sex scenes in this were in the middle of action, or of learning information I needed to know for the plot.

I would read the next book even so as the idea is very engaging, and there is enough there that I want to know the next. And I really hope the author writes the "prequel", because that would be a great story.

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This surprised me in so many ways, yet amazingly fun, and also one or two bad ones.

TSOTB starts off slow, let’s get that out of the way. You’re immediately jumped into the story, and while you get what had occurred slowly, for the first time in my life I believe:

This book would’ve benefitted from an info dump. Immediately tell us the story and what had occurred so we can move past that and get to the actual story.

But, once the story gets going, it gets GOING, and all for the better. You end up genuinely falling in love with these amazing characters, with such great personality, and it’s so fun!

Vasily, I think, was my personal favorite. I loved his dynamic with Dimitri, and how they fell in love, though it was quite quick and albeit sudden.

I also want to point out that this book is being pitched as a “dark romantasy”.

It is not.

It is about abuse, and pain, and power, and people who will do anything for it. Dimitri and Alexey are NOT, a power couple, nor will they be, and as such, it shouldn’t be said they aren’t.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to love this book. I hate to not finish but I just couldn't get through this one.

I got about 30% in sadly and just ended up finding myself not wanting to pick up from where I was.

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Unfortunately this book was a slog to get through. I did not really enjoy it. If you like the Grishaverse and Shadow and Bone- you may enjoy this book, however it’s very similar in some ways. It was hard to enjoy it when I kept comparing the two. It definitely pulled strong influences from it, and at some points straight up copying the other book series. It was just unoriginal.

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immediately a new favorite. Samotin crafts an immaculately immersive world that combines Jewish heritage with fantastical necromancy. I absolutely fell in love with each and every character in this book and the heartbreak, trauma, and love was so raw and well written I could get enough. I am so excited to see what else Samotin has to offer in future stories.

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Thanks to Netgalley for a chance to read this early for an honest review.

This book was major dark and depressing vibes. It’s set after a major war in Russia, so there you go. Full disclosure I only made it about 40% through. Vasily was just sent off to infiltrate the court. I like the underdog characters - Dimitri, Vasily, etc. just fine. The villain (Alexey) is charismatic and captivating too, but I’m not sure I can/will finish this before it’s published (which is why I’m sending this review/feedback now).

I know Dimitri is (or at least starts out) super depressed. I know - I feel it! So good on the author for that? But it makes the book hard to read.

I still recommend this book and if the depressing vibe doesn’t bother you, then all the better!

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Dimitri has lost everything. He’s lost the country that he was meant to rule, he lost the husband who ruled it at his side, and he’s also lost himself. Broken, and barely able to keep himself together, he and a few of his friends are in hiding from Alexey, Dimitri’s former husband.
Alexey always knew he was meant to have power, and now he’s found it. Using powers beyond anything anybody could have imagined, he managed to bring himself back to life into a body much stronger and more durable than a mere human’s. Now, Alexey is immortal, and he’s taken the country from his weak husband. He can rule it with strength, and bring forth a new era.
Vasily swore his loyalty to Dimitri years ago, and even though Dimitri is no longer his Tsar, Vasily has never wavered as Dimitri’s spy master. But Dimitri is more than his Tsar, at least to him. When he hears of an opportunity to get close to Alexey, he knows that this might be the chance they were waiting for. They might be able to end the undead Tsar, but it might cost some of them their lives.
I received an advanced reading copy of The Sins on Their Bones in exchange for an honest review.
The Sins on Their Bones is a fantasy novel by Laura Samotin. It’s one that I was very excited about, since it seemed to feature a Russian-inspired setting, Jewish-inspired tradition and magic system, and so much LGBTQ representation!
Before I get into the review, I want to give you a few content warnings. There is death, murder, suicide, abuse, gore, and violence in here. There’s also an abusive relationship, as well as depression and trauma. Be ready for all that before diving into this story.
So, let’s get into the review, shall we?
I want to start talking about the pace of this book. I was actually a little surprised by it. This isn’t the kind of book that, as soon as you open it, it takes off with you. It takes a little while, about a third of the book, before it the plot really picks up, and so does the tension.
But that’s because in the first third, Samotin is laying the groundwork, especially in her characters. We have three POV characters in this book: Dimitri, Alexey, and Vasily. Dimitri and Alexey were in love until Alexey betrayed Dimitri, and now Vasily is taking care of Dimitri. Needless to say, this book is full of LGBTQ representation, and I loved how normalized it was in the world and story.
It’s of course a big part of the characters, and a lot of this book is about how Dimitri has gone through so much trauma. There is discussion here about mental health, as well as about how bad relationships can be. After all, Dimitri and Alexey were married before this all happened, but you can definitely see how their relationship was toxic from the start, and I appreciated having that understanding early on in the book, especially as the plot started to get underway.
Oh, and before I move on from the characters, know that there are quite a few sex scenes here. I don’t often read those, so I can’t tell you much about them, other than to be careful and make sure nobody can read over your shoulder as you yourself read, but I was honestly surprised by how many there were.
There were also some great magical elements to this book. In the author’s note, Samotin explains how she used aspects of Judaism to inspire the magical system, and I really loved how they were represented. Of course, I can’t speak at all about their authenticity, or their representation, but I thought the magic system was one of the strongest elements of this book. The way it drew on angels and demons, and influenced the characters and their world, was fascinating, and I enjoyed every scene with it.
While the magic system and the LGBTQ representation were great, the whole thing didn’t come together for me as much as I’d hoped. Fans of dark fantasy, as well as elements of Judaism or a Russian world would probably enjoy this, though. Also, it’s a great example of a story with normalized LGBTQ characters and relationships. I want to see more worlds like this, and I am still curious to see what more Samotin writes, and where her writing career takes her.

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