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Beasts Made of Night (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Tochi Onyebuchi is a graduate from Columbia Law School, and has a lot of experience in both international and domestic legal research and work.

His fiction work has appeared in such publications as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Nowhere Magazine, and Panverse Three as well as other places. When writing (whether as a columnist, a screenwriter, novelist, or short story writer) he writes about such topics as: the fall of the Soviet Union and organized criminality on an international scale.

In the summer of 2013, he served as an intern with a prisoners’ rights organization located in the West Bank. It was here that he helped Palestinian Arab administrative detainees that were denied their due process at the time they were arrested and at their later military trials.

He holds four degrees in different fields of study. One is a B. A. from Yale (in political science), MFA in Screenwriting from Tisch, J. D. from Columbia Law School, and a Masters in Global Economic Law. He certainly has many interests, it would even seem that he can do it all.

He found out pretty early on in life that he wanted to write stories. When in seventh grade, he found creative writing. This was when creative writing was added to his curriculum. He also found that he was a little good at it. It was while reading “The Wheel of Time” series by Robert Jordan in high school that he wanted to make others feel how he felt telling stories to people the way he did reading the books. It was around this time that he was reading quite a lot of books.

He is the oldest of four kids (he has two sisters and a brother) and grew up in a blue collar environment, in a factory town that was on its last legs. He gets his confidence from his mom, as she was a proud mother that worked hard to make sure that he and his siblings lived in a cozy house. She also encouraged all four of her children to be the best they could be.

He grew up in a Nigerian household. His mother wanted him to be able to put food on the table reliably, so when he looked at the things he liked and was fascinated by, law seemed the best thing for him. Her wanting him to be able to feed a family was something that almost kept him from becoming a writer. Tochi felt that if he was going to do something, he should also enjoy it, rather than do something that bored him to death just to make a lot of money.

When he was a little, he would watch “The Practice” on days off. He would see Eugene in his dapper suits and his give eloquent opening and closing arguments. Seeing this black man do this in court, really made him want to be a lawyer himself.

He says that one thing that helps advance his career is the experience he has on an international scale. He has spent quite a bit of time in places like the Middle East, France, and the Balkans, which he believes helps. It also helps that he can speak a foreign language.

As far as hobbies go, he enjoys writing fiction (of all kinds, including novels, screenplays, and short stories), narrative non-fiction journalism, and boxing.

Like most authors, he has faced rejection before acceptance, either when he would submit a novel or a short story somewhere. It helps to be persistent and love writing, because otherwise the form rejection letters would not turn into longer and detailed rejection letters. After that, they turn into letters of acceptance.

He made his debut as a novelist in the year 2017 with the novel “Beasts Made of Night”. It is from the genre of fantasy.

“Beasts Made of Night” is the first novel Onyebuchi had published and was released in the year 2017. Corrupt mages in Kos (which is a walled city) can magically bring out the sin in someone. This is done in the form of something called sin-beasts, which are deadly creatures, spawned from guilt.

Taj (who is just seventeen years old and is also called Lightbringer ) is one of the aki and the most talented at it, aki are young sin eaters that are indentured servants (by the mages) to destroy the sin-beasts. Aki are usually poor people that eat the sins of the rich and wealthy in this world. This livelihood he has comes with a price attached to it. Every time he kills one of the sin-beasts, a tattoo with the likeness of the beast appears on his skin and guilt appears in his mind. Most of the aki are made mad by the whole thing. But not Taj (who is also called Lightbringer), he is cocky and wants to provide for his family really badly.

Taj is called to eat a royal’s sin, and all of a sudden he is pushed to the middle of a sinister conspiracy to crush Kos. Taj has to fight hard to save the princess (whom he loves), not to mention, his very own life. This book is Nigerian influenced fantasy, and is narrated in the first person, by Taj himself.

Fans of the novel felt this was a complex and a fascinating read. It is one that excels at building a world that will make people want to keep reading about the world. Some enjoyed all of the characters in the book, even the minor characters as they are all written brilliantly. Readers liked the idea of a sin being born into the world and then being destroyed, with a tattoo of the beast being put on the destroyer’s skin. The novel starts out exceptional and does not change from that throughout, some were drawn into the intriguing premise, and by the end were glad they did. It grips you and holds on, it is a visceral fantasy novel. Taj is a great character, and instantly likable; it feels like you instantly get to know him, by reading some of his narration. Some even liked the descriptions of food, as well as the noisy and crowded Forum (with all of its poverty and corruption).

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