A review by surdiablo
Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

adventurous emotional funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


It's a solid, entertaining novella with the right amount of everything, which you might appreciate more if you go in completely blind ( So don't click my spoiler tags unless you are absolutely sure ). Tchaikovsky
blends fantasy and sci-fi
in such a clever, humorous way, and I really liked how seamless the POV switch was. It never felt jarring at any point, which could easily happen in a book trying to execute an idea like this. The realistic portrayal of
mental anguish
of the characters, alongside the constant
miscommunication due to language or cultural barriers
was quite interesting to read. Overall it was quite fun, can't think of any major flaws whatsoever. 

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