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I really wanted to like this book. The cover is beautifully designed, which caught my eye in the first place. And the premise sounded truly interesting. However, the narrator, whose accent I'm sure was designed to add authenticity to the story, only made it much more difficult for me to follow. I struggled not only with what the narrator was saying but his pacing kept throwing me off as well. Maybe I'm one of few who found it difficult to understand and it's quite possible that had I read it instead of listened, my opinion would be very different. But in this case, I just got too lost in the narration and couldn't finish the book. I will be returning this one.
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Let me start by saying I ALWAYS love Prentice Onayemi’s narration. He is brilliant, and I love even more that he read this book with the accent of the narrator. His narration is probably what kept me listening. The premise sounded amazing, I loved the Nigerian influences, and the world built by Onyebuchi was genuinely interesting; however, the world and characters did not feel fleshed out quite enough and left me with many questions that went unexplained. Why don’t Taj’s spots ever fade? How did the family in power get there in the first place? Why were there tunnels under the city? Could the aki have just collectively refused to eat sin? Why did the royal family have to pretend to arrest Taj to get their plan to work? Do different sin beasts in fact represent different sins or are they random? Etc etc etc.
Quite frankly, his lust for the princess irritated me to no end. If I could have skipped those parts, the book may have been better. She was completely unlikeable and his love for her made absolutely no sense. The plot twists, though surprising, were again, nonsensical to me.
It’s worth a first listen, but I don’t know if I’ll be invested in it enough to read the second book, which makes me very sad.