A review by bestja01
Babel by R.F. Kuang

adventurous challenging dark 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


Loved these characters, and couldn't put the book down. Lots to think about, and a fascinating way to explore colonialism and exploitation through a framing device of historical fantasy, and also a fascinating deep dive into the power of language. The last third broke my heart a bit, but I'm glad I read it.