Synopsis- In this prequel to Vox and Aequitas, Whitaker Hayward, an out-of-work architect, is contracted by one of Seraphim City’s affluent magnates, Blumstein, to investigate a room in a long forgotten house on the outskirts of the city; a room that has no doors. Doing this means re-visiting a past he’s tried desperately to forget. But this job could be his salvation. It could be his way of leaving it all behind for good. Unless this job isn’t all its cracked up to be…
Review- Cleverly, Memento Mori, book three in The Monstrum Chronicles serves as a prequel to the previous releases, Vox and Aequitas. For those who may be unfamiliar with this dark and dramatic series, Memento Mori makes a good starting point. However, for Silva’s longstanding fan base, they’re sure to find satisfaction in connecting the dots with some of their favorite characters (i.e. Torrent) to the following books in chronological order. For new readers to the series, there are some tantalising hints of what’s to come, which I’ll almost guarantee will have them getting aquatinted with Silva’s back catalogue.
The setting of Seraphim City (and surrounding neighborhoods) is both ominous and intriguing, as Silva has an incredible way with depiction, sketching out for the reader the most distinct nuances which places us right in the epicenter of the tale. Many well-developed characters weave through this tapestry, and the plot line is very engaging, hooking us in immediately with Whit Hayward, a man with a relatable dilemma—an out of work architect eager for employment in order to avoid being tossed out on the street. The mysterious offer he receives is what draws us in.
The dialogue between the characters is solid and convincing—not overblown, as is the case with many stories. Silva keeps us entranced with her well-paced action scenes within the story, while she chronicles the actuality of the moment impressively with phrases such as “He smelled like blood, a heavy coagulated stench that invaded her pores.” The violence throughout the novel falls into place at just the right time—in a non-gratuitous fashion.
In a day and age where many “creature of the night” tales overstep their boundaries into the cliche zone—I can pretty much take them or leave them, Memento Mori is a fresh, unique and captivating story. It held my attention instantly and kept me clutched to the storyline all the way through. Although it’s part one in the chronological storyline, one need not be intimidated if you’re just arriving now. It works well as a standalone, but I guarantee the following novels will call your name midway through Memento Mori.
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