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Review: The Seventh Perfection


When a woman with perfect memory sets out to solve a riddle, the threads she tugs on could bring a whole city crashing down. The God-King who made her is at risk, and his other servants will do anything to stop her.

To become the God-King’s Amanuensis, Manet had to master all seven perfections, developing her body and mind to the peak of human performance. She remembers everything that has happened to her, in absolute clarity, a gift that will surely drive her mad. But before she goes, Manet must unravel a secret which threatens not only the carefully prepared myths of the God-King’s ascent, but her own identity and the nature of truth itself. – Goodreads


Rating: 2 out of 5.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.

I always feel bad giving low reviews for ARCs, but honestly I just couldn’t with this one. I found the writing style – each chapter a monologue from a different character – to be so obnoxious I didn’t even get to the end of the book. The option of telling the story only in dialogue kept me from becoming invested in the characters or the plot. I think the dialogue only option maybe could have worked if the reader had at least known what questions each chapter was “answering.” As it stands, reading this book felt like sitting behind someone, overhearing their conversation about people you don’t know with all of the most important information buried. It did not help that the one consistent character is the nameless, faceless woman so there is literally no one to connect with.

The only reason I didn’t give this one star is that I don’t think the writing itself was actually bad, just that the stylistic choices made really did not work for me. I would not be against trying a different book by this author in the future.