Author: Frances Hardinge
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪
| Synopsis |
The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?
| My thoughts |
I enjoyed this book a lot. It is not like anything I have read before. Some characters in the book used signing as a way to communicate due to issues with hearing people got if they had complications whilst working in the sea.
The world-building is incredible and everything is explained but not in an information dump kind of way. The gods are explained really well so you understand the way the religions work. I like the way that Frances writes. The book just takes you away into another world that is vivid.
Hark is the main character who is an orphan. Hark’s character development is really good and he grows throughout the story. He realises how he is being treated by Jelt.
Jelt was an annoying toxic character, his friendship with Hark is a toxic friendship, something that is important in the book, Jelt is manipulative and controls how Hark feels and what he does.
Selphin is one of my favourite characters, she is a strong-willed character, who stands up for herself. She makes choices that are not always correct but they have good intentions.
I will definitely read a book by her again and I will look into the other books that she has released.
Have you read Deeplight, if so what did you think of it, let me know in the comments below?