Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Coming soon! - The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley - release date 8/1/17
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Age Group: General Fiction (Adult)
Received from: NetGally in exchange for honest feedback
My Rating: 5/5
I loved this book, there is so much here, magic and mystery, an intriguing landscape and historical elements both in the 1800's and ancient Peru. It really grabbed my Anthropology loving heart, and my need for character's that I can care about.
The Bedlam Stacks starts off with the feel of a historical fiction with a few odd elements that are mentioned in the description above. It slowly transforms into a more and more magical story, but retains that feel of historical truth. It seriously had me just about to start looking up flora of Peru to see if what was described really existed! After all, it mostly takes place in darkest Peru and strange and surprising things are continually found in South America!
The main characters are well developed and complex, and the growing relationship between them is interesting and also makes you wonder what their underlying motivation is. I liked both Merrick and Raphael very much, as well as the host of side characters that bolstered them.
If I have a criticism it's that I don't think it should be marketed as General Fiction, because when it does turn to the more fantastical elements of the story, it really turns, and it might be more than I think General Fiction can stretch to accommodate. Devotees of historical fiction might feel mislead, I'll admit I wasn't expecting as much of a change to fantasy as I got, but being already a fan of the genre, I'm fine with it and loved the whole thing.
I will definitely go back and read The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, and look forward to future work by Natasha Pulley!