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  • Writer's pictureCheyanne Lepka

Hearts of Oak by Eddie Robson

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Pages: 272

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge

Release Date: March 17, 2020

In a city where the buildings are constantly growing, and expanding. In a world where a King rules with a fair hand, and is closely counseled by his cat. There’s a mystery that needs solving, and as chief architect Iona wakes from the slumber of the status quo, she’ll have to unravel the parts of it, before it’s too late.

As buildings burn, and the cat continues to whisper in the King’s ear, there’s no telling who she can trust, all she knows is that she has to get to the bottom of it.


** Thanks to netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me with an eARC of this book**

This book is probably one of the best I’ve read all year, and it might just also get one of the shortest reviews because I don’t want to inadvertently spoil anything! It’s fast-paced, written with an unforgettable voice, and has twists that’ll stick with you.

The worldbuilding is absolutely fantastic and revealed in such a brilliant way. There are so many layers to it, and every additional detail was revealed in an expert way. My favorite part is the way it played with the details that we get used to seeing. How we just gloss over things that are normal without looking too hard. Y’all must know by now that one of my favorite things in any book is the lie that the characters believe, and honestly, so much of this book is about that!

This book was near impossible to put down. I was completely glued to the page, desperate to know what was going on, and what was going to happen. I don’t want to say too much, cause I do think part of the brilliance of this book is in the execution. But just know, this is the kind of book that I’m gonna be screaming about for years. Also, as my final praise, I have to say this book has an unforgettable and almost whimsical (in a dark way) voice. And I loved it so much.

It’s hard to find a way to rec this book, but I’m gonna say if you’re into quirky stories that hit way too close to home, this might be a good one for you!

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