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Babel: An Arcane History by R.F. Kuang

sophiena93's review

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It was marketed as a fantasy book and I was expecting more magic/dark academia but this just felt like a history of languages textbook. Every time something exciting started to happen it ended up being really anticlimactic. Just wasn't my sort of thing but it was well written.

lollohollie's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

itssophiedoph's review

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dark emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

An absolute gem - beautifully written and absolutely heartbreaking

wallflowerperks's review

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adventurous dark inspiring mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.25

loved! really impressive, unique, and creative with an important message. the magic/language system could sometimes be hard to follow but was so cool.

ade_marie's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

ryn_richmond's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

tomilola's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

lindzye's review

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challenging emotional informative inspiring reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

5.0

This book is an absolute masterpiece. I cannot believe the rollercoaster of emotions that I went through while reading this. It was a slower read for me because of how heavy it was on academia, however, the material was very educational and forced the reader to put themselves into the shoes of those who have face adversities. 

kelcie_e's review against another edition

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I like the storyline, but it moves a little too slow for me right now. Will definitely try picking this back up another time. 

ktmac0821's review

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challenging emotional hopeful sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0