Review: The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

Title: The Monster of Elendhaven
Author: Jennifer Giesbrecht
Publisher: Tordotcom
Release Date: September 24th, 2019
Page Length: 160
Genre: Horror | Fantasy
Age Range: Adult
Rep: Queer Rep
Rating: 3.5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it. 


This was such a good book experience. I listened to the audiobook of this one and the narrator, Daniel Henning, did such an amazing job at creating the spooky atmosphere that Elendhaven deserved! Each character had such distinct voices that I was never confused on who was talking or who’s POV we were following. Despite it being dark, it felt very comforting to listen to.

The two monsters we follow are so interesting! I found it absolutely adorable when the first one gets his name (this is within the first few pages) – I think I audibly aw’d while listening. While listening I was getting Frankenstein and Igor or Pinky and the Brain (just not as mice lol) romance vibes (is that just me??) and I was there for it.

This novella was the perfect length. We got a short snippet of time with these two characters and it felt almost like a slice of life story, where we got peaks into their journey through their experiment. If found the ending sort of bitter sweet, but nice. I think this is a great read for the fall and I may just do a reread again then, this time physically!

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