Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

May 7th, 2020 Kimberly Review 14 Comments

7th May
Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
Deeplight
by Frances Hardinge
Narrator: Joshua Akehurst
Length: 12 hours and 31 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankenstein in Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy adventure

The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?

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Drawn by the exquisite cover, I listened to Deeplight by Frances Hardinge and slipped into a fantasy world filled with castes, gods, and secrets surrounded by the sea.

Come to Myriad, where the sea gods are revered even though they ceased to exist decades ago. They harvest pieces of the gods (godware) themselves from the sea as their industrial world develops.

Meet 15-year-old Hark, an orphan who scams tourists to keep his belly full. His best friend, Jelt, offers him a lucrative gig that lands him in trouble. In fact, Jelt often gets Hark in trouble. This time they discover an usual piece of godware that will lead Hark on a perilous journey. He will have to save not only Jelt but the world.

Sacrifice, growth and heroes emerge as Hark begins his quest to save his friend, but his quest is weighted by decisions that will affect all.

This was my first experience with Hardinge and I loved the vivid, unique world she created. The tale unfolds smoothly without information dumps. We learn through Hark’s voice and alongside him as he learns more about the Gods, the Priests and the world he thought he knew.

Secondary characters were well-developed, intriguing and added to the tale as Hardinge ramped up the suspense and danger in the second half. Her prose brings this world together in vivid 3-D, so much so, that I could taste the salt air and feel the wind blowing my hair.

Joshua Akehurst narrates as the voice of Hark. This was my first experience with Akehurst and I enjoyed his unique voices, both male and female. From his tone I could desertion age, sex and emotions.

Secrets, gods and character growth await you in this brilliant tale. While slated for young adult and middle grade, it’s a story that fantasy & quest lovers of all ages will enjoy.

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About Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge is a British children’s writer. Her debut novel, Fly By Night, won the 2006 Branford Boase Award and was listed as one of the School Library Journal Best Books, while her 2015 novel The Lie Tree won the 2015 Costa Book Award, the first children’s book to do so since Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass in 2001. She has also been shortlisted for and received a number of other awards for both her novels as well as some of her short stories.[

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14 Responses to “Deeplight by Frances Hardinge”

  1. Sophia Rose

    I do like a dark fantasy now and then. I’d not heard of this one and it sounds good with the whole friend changing into a monster bit.

  2. Jen

    I have Frances Hardinge’s Lie Tree books to read and I’ve seen this book the cover caught my attention. It sounds like a good read, I don’t read much YA as they can be similar (parents dead, chosen one or descover powers) but when I do find one I love I end up reading all the author’s books.