The Monster of Elendhaven
The Monster of Elendhaven is a dark fantasy, a twisted tale of revenge set in an original world as oily and real as Jack the Ripper’s London. After a thing with no name washes up on the docks, empty, alone, and unable to die, he becomes obsessed with a frail young man who can twist minds with magic. Together, they launch a plan so dark and cruel that readers will find themselves cheering for blood, and for these avengers to consummate their horrible passion for each other. But the pair are being hunted by officials from the south, intent on saving the world from the horrors mages can unleash.

The Monster of Elendhaven Details

TitleThe Monster of Elendhaven
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherTor.com
Rating
GenreFantasy, Horror, Adult

The Monster of Elendhaven Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    'a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both'JUST FUCK ME UP, TOR.COM
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Together, they launch a plan so dark and cruel that readers will find themselves cheering for blood, and for these avengers to consummate their horrible passion for each other. In other words:YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASS
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    What a freaking ride. This was a quick read but it packed a serious lunch. I was provided this arc by TOR and I’m so thankful it made its way to me. This novella is graphic in its violence and unapologetic in its gore but it’s also hauntingly beautiful in its writing style. It is twisted and grotesque in a way you can’t look away from and I really enjoyed it. This is a fantasy world with magic and mages but also very real human motivators like revenge and lust. This falls short of being an eroti What a freaking ride. This was a quick read but it packed a serious lunch. I was provided this arc by TOR and I’m so thankful it made its way to me. This novella is graphic in its violence and unapologetic in its gore but it’s also hauntingly beautiful in its writing style. It is twisted and grotesque in a way you can’t look away from and I really enjoyed it. This is a fantasy world with magic and mages but also very real human motivators like revenge and lust. This falls short of being an erotic horror but man, I kinda wish it went there. There’s certainly a twisted romance that underlies the whole story and I was here for it.
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  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    Look at that cover!Quoting Tor.com's twitter, this book should feature:"- High Quality Sociopath Love- Gratuitous Violence- Gratuitous Corpses- Comedy With Approximately As Much Levity As The Depths of the Ocean- Not Technically Necrophilia- Technically A Love Story"...I want to read this now? Also, I've heard it's gay.
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  • Alex Zagorac
    January 1, 1970
    Giesbrecht is my mom's maiden name so I'm just gonna go ahead and pretend that this awesome sounding book was written by a relative!
  • FanFiAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Rating:★★★★★SynopsisThe Monster of Elendhaven is a dark fantasy, a twisted tale of revenge set in an original world as oily and real as Jack the Ripper’s London. After a thing with no name washes up on the docks, empty, alone, and unable to die, he becomes obsessed with a frail young man who can twist minds with magic. Together, they launch a plan so dark and cruel that readers will find themselves cheering for blood, and for these avengers to consummate their horrible passion for each other. Bu Rating:★★★★★SynopsisThe Monster of Elendhaven is a dark fantasy, a twisted tale of revenge set in an original world as oily and real as Jack the Ripper’s London. After a thing with no name washes up on the docks, empty, alone, and unable to die, he becomes obsessed with a frail young man who can twist minds with magic. Together, they launch a plan so dark and cruel that readers will find themselves cheering for blood, and for these avengers to consummate their horrible passion for each other. But the pair are being hunted by officials from the south, intent on saving the world from the horrors mages can unleash.ReviewI want to thank the publisher and author for an advanced reading copy of The Monster of Elendhaven in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novella.The Monster of Elendhaven is immensely mesmerizing with its darkly gorgeous prose and deftly jarring substance. It is an immortal and obsessive nightmare from the sea, ready to dig its claws into your flesh.Giesbrecht has one of THE most beautiful writing styles I have come across. If the cover by Jeffrey Alan Love didn’t say BUY ME RIGHT MEOW, then just the first couple of lines will have you drooling:For a long time, he didn’t have a name. What he had were long white fingers that hooked into purses and a mouth that told easy lies. What he had were eyes that remembered faces, feet that knew the alleys, palms that grew calloused and soot stained from crawling through the cobblestone streets.He got the name when he was three feet and four inches tall, kneeling on the dock with a coin in his palm, from a sailor who stank of rum and fish oil. The sailor grabbed him by the back of the neck and slammed his head into the wall—once, twice, three times—and then yanked the coin from his hand. His lip split on the dock and his mouth filled with a foul mixture of grease, salt, and blood.I was hooked by those long white fingers for the entire 159 pages. This is a novella that does not let up in its originality or gothic darkness. It is unlike anything I have ever read and just goes to show that Tor.com publishing is here to stay for the long-haul.It is difficult to write a review with the publication date so far out as I want to gush over what I have just finished reading. All I can honestly say is that I loved absolutely everything about The Monster of Elendhaven and I cannot wait to see what else the author has in store.
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  • J.A. Ironside
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Tor.com for sending me a hardcopy arc :)This is a quick read - I got through this novella in a single sitting - but its no less impactful for that. A huge amount of story is carefully folded into this delicately wrought story, filled with dark pockets containing darker gems. Johann grows up on the streets of Elendhaven, discovering he has a few unusual talents - one of which is performing actions of ruthless, calculated violence. Florian was born to one of the dying city's great f Many thanks to Tor.com for sending me a hardcopy arc :)This is a quick read - I got through this novella in a single sitting - but its no less impactful for that. A huge amount of story is carefully folded into this delicately wrought story, filled with dark pockets containing darker gems. Johann grows up on the streets of Elendhaven, discovering he has a few unusual talents - one of which is performing actions of ruthless, calculated violence. Florian was born to one of the dying city's great families. His delicate, efete and fragile exterior hides an alarming sense of purpose. Events draw the pair together and what lovely and terrible darkness they will make together.Part archetypal folktale, part dark fantasy, part romantic horror, part twisted love story, this was unlike anything I had read before. The style managed to combine the literary with the whimsical, which made the delivery of both the violence and the machinations even stronger. I gulped down this dark delight of love and revenge. Highly recommend.
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  • Pie
    January 1, 1970
    Book: monsters, murder, magic, other cool things beginning with M.Me: hello yes please when can I read this.
  • axel
    January 1, 1970
    01/12/19this sounds like everything i ever needed??
  • Drew
    January 1, 1970
    The best of the Tor.com novellas, for me, are the ones that are as much about world-building as they are about the story they aim to tell. This one, for sure, has a story and it's a corker with plenty of violence and passion and the usual twists & turns -- but it is the world of Elendhaven, the strange dark snowy landscape of the city and its inhabitants that makes this such a terrific read. I found myself dreaming of Elendhaven the same way I did of Ambergris the first time I visited, and I The best of the Tor.com novellas, for me, are the ones that are as much about world-building as they are about the story they aim to tell. This one, for sure, has a story and it's a corker with plenty of violence and passion and the usual twists & turns -- but it is the world of Elendhaven, the strange dark snowy landscape of the city and its inhabitants that makes this such a terrific read. I found myself dreaming of Elendhaven the same way I did of Ambergris the first time I visited, and I can see particularly the first half of this novella as though a film in my mind, something a bit Laika perhaps. I hope I get to visit Elendhaven again, or at least to visit this strange scarred world that Giesbrecht created. And maybe, just maybe, it'd be swell to see Johann too.
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  • hellohelloallie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was the dark and gore-filled companion to Susana Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. The prose is exquisite and the violence portrayed with complete beauty. Tor.com is THE imprint for genre-bending, Cross-the-border fiction.
  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    Grimy and dark and fucked-up and absolutely delicious.
  • Nicole Brinkley
    January 1, 1970
    A deliciously dark fantasia that will appeal to fans of the Dishonored and Bioshock franchises. Fantasy readers shouldn't miss out on this violent, delightful treat.
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