Creatures of Will & Temper – Molly Tanzer

Happy belated release day!

Thanks to HMH Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

CREATURES OF WILL & TEMPER by Molly Tanzer (released November 14th, 2017)

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My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

Victorian England, demons, and fencing – what more could you want in a fantasy novel? This was definitely a more unique read and I think that’s what I liked most about it. CREATURES OF WILL & TEMPER by Molly Tanzer seemed to have a little of everything, but they were combined so well that it wasn’t awkward.

We follow two sisters, Evadne and Dorina as they venture to London. Dorina is an aspiring art critic, and Evadne is along for the ride as she chaperone’s her younger sister. Being an avid fencer, Evadne enrolls herself in a fencing school where she meets her instructor, George Cantrell. George not only opens her eyes to new fencing techniques, but also to a hidden world of demons and the cults that worship them. He has dedicated his life to getting rid of demons and the diabolists that serve them and he enlists Evadne’s help. However, this will prove to be difficult because the woman that Dorina has become enamored with might be a diabolist. What’s worse, Dorina could be turned as well.

When you hear the combination of elements in this story you may think they sound like an odd mixture. I definitely did at first, but Tanzer blends all perfectly. Nothing felt out of place and I loved how realistic the characters were – you didn’t love them but you didn’t hate them. The relationship between the sisters felt like an authentic sibling relationship. Lots of disagreements and rebellion on Dorina’s part. If a book has demons and cults in it, then it’s going to pique my interest. Fencing is something that I know very little about, so having a swordplay element was unique.

Overall, if you want a unique story with a historical fiction feel, then this is one you should add to the TBR list. Cults, swords, and Victorian London – what else could you want in a fantasy novel?

 

Check back later for the #allthebookreviews collective thoughts 🙂

–Jess

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