Vandermeer leaves the reader with hope at the end of Acceptance. It’s up to the reader whether or not they welcome it.
A noun, a verb, a desire, control is what he seeks; but is such a thing possible?
Steeped in tension and the unknown. It’s horror in the classic sense of impending dread, an off-screen presence whose gaze is fixed upon the characters and the reader.
Racism, family, and hope for future generations guide A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton as the novel follows multiple generations of family.
The closet doorway was dark, darker than night, a rectangle of complete darkness—the heart of darkness. And out of this darkness, a man was emerging.
There is no room for epic fantasy in this grimdark universe.
Conventional fantasy goes back to the mud. It’s tromped on. Ground down in the dirt. There are people to kill and scores to settle. Conventional fantasy tropes are among the dead.
The novel is dark, twisted, and delightfully subverts fantasy tropes.
What sets this series apart from other works of fantasy are the larger themes Jemisin explores.
How does he do that? Mainly, by writing a novel that is just backstory for Two Serpents Rise.