This is frustrating when Brooks displays such restraint when exploring the heartbreaking relationship between Tallow and Dante: I knew I shouldn’t ask, but I had to. Part of me knew what Dante was talking about, but I didn’t know how to resolve it.
If I told him the truth about me, any truth, I would be exposing not just myself, but my greatest friend, to terrible danger.
I also found Brooks’s writing style a bit hit and miss, particularly at the start.
The writing sometimes suffers from a lack of subtlety and awkward phrasing. All I heard was the lapping of the water against the wood and the repetitive murmur of tiny waves as they broke against the fondamenta.
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It struggled to keep my interest for most of the first half of the story, yet I couldn’t put it down from page 200 onwards.
Brooks shows flashes of the kind of lyrical prose I love in my fantasy novels, and the world of Serenissima was something new and exciting for me.
However, towards the last third of the book, the switching between perspectives becomes much more fluid as different characters and plot points come together in the story.
Tallow’s adoptive family consists of Pillar, the candlemaker, and his resentful mother, Quinn, whose response to Tallow’s unusual abilities is to try and beat it out of her.
But we soon learn that there’s a deeper mystery behind Tallow’s presence.
Unfortunately, it’s done as thinly disguised info dump, which made the revelation seem less clever than it was.
Tallow is one of those books I find very difficult to evaluate.