*I received a free eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I really like books about uncommon supernatural creatures, so, when I saw this one had a golem as the protagonist, I jumped at the chance to read it.
The funny thing is, Adem is a golem, something that plays a huge role and has a major effect on the story, but he’s one of the most human characters I’ve ever read about. This was definitely a character-driven book, which is what I like, and though I didn’t necessarily relate to him, he was a character I really empathized with. This poor character, everything he tried to do ended up going so wrong, and I just felt for him. All he wanted was to be human so that he could stop hurting people, and I couldn’t blame him for that. Even when he was being selfish and in denial, it tugged at my heart strings and I couldn’t even be mad because I understood.
I also loved the relationship between Adem and Jordan, a child he saved. Adem was so protective of Jordan, and Jordan was so understanding of Adem, and they just made this really adorable team, something we didn’t get to see a lot of in this book but might get more of in the next book.
The story itself was also well thought-out. Everything made sense, and the information about the realms and the gods was explained in a way that was easy to understand (even for someone like me who doesn’t read many books in this genre). I also thought the portrayal of the Underworld was interesting and especially enjoyed that portion of the book. There were also some twists that kept me on my toes, completely unsure of who to trust, and tension that built up nicely toward the end.
I would’ve liked to get to know the side characters a little more since I found some of them really likeable (e.g. Jordan) and others interesting (e.g. Abazel), but other than that, I really don’t have any complaints. I think it was just one of those books that didn’t quite fit me and my reading preferences personally (it’s classified on Amazon as paranormal and dystopian but seemed more high fantasy and metaphysical to me), hence the rating. Overall though, I did enjoy this book, and I think anyone who is more into these genres will enjoy it even more than I did!
Anyone who likes books about character journey and growth and anyone looking for a book about an uncommon, yet very human, paranormal creature.