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Master of Poisons, by Andrea Hairston

heatherjm's review against another edition

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emotional inspiring slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

turtlehappiness's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful tense 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? It's complicated

5.0

thebookishgnome's review against another edition

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challenging hopeful 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

3.25

 This was a thoroughly challenging book. I enjoyed it but the pacing was a tad slow for me and I kept moving to other books and then eventually coming back to this one to chew it up bit by slow bit. Awa and Djola were fantastic characters and I loved following their stories. The setting was original and the ever present danger of the poison sands kept you hoping that a solution to this worlds problems could be found. The inclusion of the shadowlands meant that there was always the opportunity for something magical to happen at every turn. I loved a lot of things about this book and would have given it a higher rating if it hadn't dragged for large portions of the pages. 

literaturesciencealliance's review

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adventurous inspiring reflective slow-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

sarahmintz's review against another edition

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adventurous slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot

3.5

geminix1312's review against another edition

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adventurous slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

addimop's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful inspiring reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

caseythecanadianlesbrarian's review against another edition

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3.0

Sadly this fantasy novel is going to have to go in the category of "I admired but didn't actually enjoy reading it." The writing is beautiful and insightful, and the world-building is rich and unique. My issue ultimately was that I never got invested in the plot or the characters.

The first half moves at a slug's pace, which I wouldn't have minded if I'd felt like I was getting to know the characters. But by the time it picked up action-wise about halfway, I didn't feel emotionally invested in the people or the environmental disaster coming their way.

The tone of the storytelling felt very removed, as if the narrator is zoomed out the whole time, as if most of the story is the backstory to the story proper.

I did enjoy the African and Indigenous influenced fantasy world and the inclusion of nonbinary people and queer relationships. And the prose is incredibly beautiful at times. The opening paragraph is amazing.

Perhaps other not so character-driven readers such as me would enjoy this more.

thuto's review

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adventurous dark emotional inspiring mysterious reflective 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

4.0

cwarne9's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75