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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Monster of Elendhaven

Updated: Jul 15, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐

"The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it."


The Monster of Elendhaven is a standalone fantasy novella by Jennifer Giesbrecht.

While I didn't hate this per se, I don't think this story had much of an impact.

The story is told from the perspectives of two 'monsters', and while it could be interesting for a story to be told from the POV of the villains, I found them to be very middling. They weren't the charming kind of villains, but they also weren't vile enough for me to hate them. They were simply just boring to read about. The relationship between Johann and Florian was also kind of uncomfortable to read about.

Overall, this just didn't hit any of the marks for me.

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