A review by msbarnesela
The King of Infinite Space, by Lyndsay Faye

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


In this Hamlet retelling, all of the original Hamlet’s most annoying characteristics get amped up to eleven in Benjamin, so if the whole book were from his perspective, I probably would not have finished it. Because so much of Horatio’s narrative orbits around Benjamin’s, there are moments where I wanted to shake him too. The hands-down best part of this book was Lia—the version of Ophelia I always wished for, powerful and wise and an active participant rather than just the leading man’s heartbroken lover who dies to advance his story. I also loved the addition of three weird sisters (I’m a sucker for Macbeth references and witch stories) and their maybe-magical-maybe-mind-games influence.