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Deeplight is a book full of dark ocean depths, old sea gods, eclectic steampunk …

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Deeplight is a book full of dark ocean depths, old sea gods, eclectic steampunk machines and weird legends to discover.
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It’s a story of two boys, Jelt and Hark, living in an island nation that used to struggle with underwater gods – giant, monstrous beings living underneath the sea in the mysterious undersea, where almost anything is possible. Then, one day, the gods turned on each other and slaughtered themselves, leaving the islands with a rich tradition of sailing, diving, and trading relicts of the past.
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It was our first fantasy book in quite a while, and it was very refreshing to pick it up. The story is beautiful, and there is so much to immerse yourself into. We loved reading about the islands’ setting with their sea gods and the world where they are suddenly gone, leaving terrible and vast sea for humans to now freely explore.
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We enjoyed observing the characters evolve throughout the book, although we were more than a little frustrated with some of them. Hark was one of the most infuriating characters we’ve seen in some time, as he keeps making the same oversights over and over again. He is entirely loyal to his best friend Jelt, who supposedly looks after Hark but is rather obviously manipulating and controlling him the entire time. This extremely toxic friendship is the main focus of the book.
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Overall, this is a very original and unique fantasy book that we both enjoyed very much.

QOTD: do you like reading fantasy books? 😊

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4 stars out of 5 from both of us
Review by 🧔 & 👩🏻‍🦰

3 thoughts on “Deeplight is a book full of dark ocean depths, old sea gods, eclectic steampunk …

  1. Oooooh! Read loads of fantasy when I was younger, and this book sounds really tempting!

  2. Oh I loved this – I can’t believe how creative Frances Hardinge is. The whole sea Gods lore was so well thought through (and I’m kind of sad that it’s not real…)

  3. I adored this book!! I love her world building! I just wish there were more books about sirens/ sea monsters/ oceans, I think it’s such a cool thing to write a story about!

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