Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

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So this posting everyday in February is going smoothly at present.. yes I am aware it is only the fourth day but you know I have to at least give myself a pat on the back for that!!

So first of all thank you for stopping by! Today I am posting my review on a book I recently read, Beast Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi. I received this as a present for Christmas from a good friend and couldn’t wait to read it. The synopsis intrigued me, it had magic, intrigue, a bit of a romantic hint and the underdog fighting for those who are less fortunate and trying to protect others from harm.

So onto the review…

9780448493909_BeastNight_HC_JK_CvLib.inddAuthor: Toci Onyebuchi

Title: Beasts Made of Night

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Pages: 298

Published: 31st October 2017


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 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 centre of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the Princess that he loves – an his own life. 

A gritty Nigerian influenced fantasy. 


OK so my thoughts on this book and remember these are my thoughts only.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, which is a shame as it had such good premise for a book. It had the underdog character in Taj, it had the magic of him summoning Sin-Beasts along with several other Aki. It had the uprising against oppression of those in power. However for me it just wasn’t well executed.

So let me explain a bit more about the execution.. I loved the characters, Taj the main character and most talented of all the Aki’s. The geeky mage who brought another dimension to the book and I liked her awkwardness. Then lets forget the rest of the Aki especially Bo however he wasn’t my favourite at the end of the book.

What I really think I didn’t enjoy about the book was how it was written, for me it didn’t flow properly and I found sometimes I had to go back and read the page again to make sense of it. I felt that the story jumped from one part to the other and to me this was hard I didn’t understand the character of Princess Karima but that might be explained more in the second book.

Ok onto what I did enjoy about the book, I loved the idea of the Aki, the young eating the sins of others as the ones who sinned would become ill. I LOVED this, it was such a  good premise for a book. The idea that the Aki would then showcase the sin on their body with a tattoo which typically took the form of an animal. This was fantastic and I could picture it in my head.

I also loved the underlying issues going on with those in power wanting to rule everything and give those without the power anything. This was beautifully portrayed in the way the Aki were paid and the troubles they had that even though they did their job they were short changed.

So overall it had a very promising start and would recommend you to read it just for how it had a Nigerian influence and different premise to most YA Fantasy books.

Rating: 3*

So I hope you enjoyed that very long review. I also hope that if you can pick this book up and read it.

Happy Reading




4 Comments Add yours

    1. bookslovereaders says:

      No this is the first book, the second one is called Crown of Thunder

      Liked by 1 person

      1. bookslovereaders says:

        Not a problem 😊

        Liked by 1 person

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