If you want to read a mind bending book, something that challenges your understanding of every single page and sends you craving for more, I’ve got the perfect book for you!
I am suuuper excited to announce that I am participating in what is my first book tour ever ❤ Super, duper excited! I must thank Justine from Storytellers on tour for contacting me on Twitter and letting me know about their tour service!
Let’s talk about The world maker parable!
Guilt will always call you back…
Rhona is a faithful servant of the country Jémoon and a woman in love. Everything changes when her beloved sets the ravenous Vulture goddess loose upon the land. Forced to execute the woman she loves for committing treason, Rhona discovers a profound correlation between morality and truth. A connection that might save her people or annihilate them all.
You are a lie…
Varésh Lúm-talé is many things, most of all a genocidal liar. A falsity searching for the Phoenix goddess whom he believes can help him rectify his atrocities. Such an undertaking is an arduous one for a man with missing memories and a conscience set on rending him from inside out. A man whose journey leads to Hang-Dead Forest and a meeting with a Vulture goddess who is not entirely as she seems.
First of all, let me tell you this book was a trip!
“Do you recall? In the darkest night the faintest light is blinding”
- fantastic language. Luke here writes a wonderful novel! He made me actually look up words and it only made me enjoy this a lot more! I felt like I was reading a book written by someone who understands the beauty of vocabulary, of language, of subtleties offered by a varied usage of words ❤ Loved it!
- writing. One of my fav writers is Haruki Murakami. He has a writing style you can recognize from miles away. Even though this is my first book by Luke, I can already see some characteristics that I expect will be met in other works. His writing is like daggers, which may sound dangerous but it’s not! He has focus and through his pace, wording and choices, he takes you precisely where he wants.
- themes. Again, far away from most books you see today. Touching on morality, guilt, redemption, greed, allegiances, consequences and hope, it waves good-bye to tropes and fast literature
- characters. Very hard to review them because none are what or who they seem at first glance. Their interior monologues, the way each of them sees life and judges their context is incredibly deep and mature.
” The coldness of uncertainty creeping up your spine. Centuries of stout conviction ripped apart by the moral quandary of your almost-god. How does it feel to have lived so subservient a life?”
The could be improved
Just in case you wondered about the honesty of my review
While I absolutely adored the intricacy and complexity of the story, sometimes it was a bit too much. Also, some things were a bit repetitive, like ” hell is a place of one’s own making”. It is indeed meaningful for the story and characters, but repeated too often, it starts to lose its impact. I do plan on re-reading it ( which says a lot, if I am willing to give it my time once more) and see if a second read will clear things in my head.
” I have found, in all my countless years, the right thing and the hardest thing are often times the same”
I liiiked it! This book is book #0 in the Shadow Twins series. The first book called Vultures has been published last year in December and I will make sure to get my hands on it soon 🙂
I do recommend you read it, it is an experience and it is good, once in a while, to read something more demanding, something that makes you focus and which asks you to be present.
“There is much to be done to achieve even a modicum of hope to right your wrongs, Varésh-Lúm-talé”
About the author
Luke Tarzian was born in Bucharest, Romania until his parents made the extremely poor choice of adopting him less than six months into his life. As such, he’s resided primarily in the United States and currently lives in California with his wife and their infant daughters. Fascinated by psychology and the work of Edgar Allan Poe, and inspired by his own anxieties, his character-driven fiction functions as a meditation on emotion, most commonly grief. His debut novel, Vultures, introduced a surreal, demon-ridden world where dreams are sometimes more than dreams and magic, memories, and misery are heavily entwined. Vultures is the first book in the Shadow Twins trilogy with a prequel novella entitled The World Maker Parable due out April 2020.
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