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The Saint of Bright Doors
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The Saint of Bright Doors

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"The Saint of Bright Doors sets the high drama of divine revolutionaries and transcendent cults against the mundane struggles of modern life, resulting in a novel that is revelatory and resonant. Fetter was raised to kill, honed as a knife to cut down his sainted father. This gave him plenty to talk about in therapy. He walked among invisible powers: devils and anti-gods that mock the mortal form. He learned a lethal catechism, lost his shadow, and gained a habit for secrecy. After a blood-soaked childhood, Fetter escaped his rural hometown for the big city, and fell into a broader world where divine destinies are a dime a dozen. Everything in Luriat is more than it seems. Group therapy is recruitment for a revolutionary cadre. Junk email hints at the arrival of a god. Every door is laden with potential, and once closed may never open again. The city is scattered with Bright Doors, looming portals through which a cold wind blows. In this unknowable metropolis, Fetter will discover what kind of man he is, and his discovery will rewrite the world"--… (mere)
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The Saint of Bright Doors af Vajra Chandrasekera

Nyligt tilføjet afart_savage, kitcaswe, maryellencg, privat bibliotek, KeithChaffee, liz_ray3230, elo2day, Phiala
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Highly touted, I did wind up being very impressed with this novel, which has a South Asian setting, and which deals with when power politics and religion take a turn for the absurd. Fetter, our protagonist, starts out as a child soldier groomed for a mission, and he ultimately does carry out that mission, but the road to that denouement is downright baroque. There is very little that I'd mark this first novel down for, though the 5/6th of the book felt a little awkward to me, as Chandrasekera pivots to how the "Perfect and Kind" (the corrupt demigod of this world) comes to their just desserts, a climax that did have a little bit of the "deus ex machina" about it. Still, I look forward to Chandrasekera's future novels. As to whether you'll like this novel, if you liked Robert Jackson Bennett's "The Divine Cities" trilogy, and are enjoying Rebecca Roanhorse's "Between Earth and Sky" trilogy, you'd probably find this story worth your time. ( )
  Shrike58 | Nov 29, 2023 |
This novel had an original and interesting premise - Fetter was raised to be an assassin, but has attempted to reject this destiny - but I just couldn't get into the story. I stuck with it, as the plot ebbed and flowed, but I never felt that compulsion to read that my favorite books ignite. I did find the final chapters, which incorporated the perspective of Fetter's shadow, to be some of my favorite in the entire book. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Nov 25, 2023 |
Interesting setting, interesting characters, and then just doesn't do much with them. As I finished the book it was clear the author only 'technically' wrapped up the story, with the concluding events only tenuously linked to earlier events (or rather, only linked to very early stuff, leaving most of the book flapping in irrelevancy). Maybe it was all supposed to be a big twist reveal. There was one character backstory reveal at the end that was pretty good, but honestly should have happened much earlier to help flesh out motivations and give the main character someone to interact with besides his own brain and a couple of thin co-conspirators that didn't receive enough development. ( )
  sarcher | Nov 16, 2023 |
The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera

The writing style is unique but was difficult for me to follow and relate to. I read several of the beginning chapters and was able to see Fetter’s shadow pinned down and his first kill, but I did not feel drawn to Fetter or the direction the story was taking. So, I did what I usually do and skipped to the end to see if there was a reason for me to keep reading – sorrily there didn’t seem to be. If the beginning and ending don’t grab me, I usually read a bit in the middle, as I did with this book, and at that point threw in the towel deciding to move on to another book. I decided that this story was not for me at this time but as has happened in the past, it might be perfect to read at some point in the future.

I do believe that there will be others who love this tale and some who will feel as I did when they begin to read and that is as it should be. Each author will find an audience and this book will, too.

Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review.

2 Stars ( )
  CathyGeha | Jul 21, 2023 |
I wasn't a fan of this book. It has some interesting ideas going on in it. But the world is not set up well in my opinion and therefore it's difficult to follow. I ended up not finishing it. ( )
  mlstweet | Jul 16, 2023 |
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"The Saint of Bright Doors sets the high drama of divine revolutionaries and transcendent cults against the mundane struggles of modern life, resulting in a novel that is revelatory and resonant. Fetter was raised to kill, honed as a knife to cut down his sainted father. This gave him plenty to talk about in therapy. He walked among invisible powers: devils and anti-gods that mock the mortal form. He learned a lethal catechism, lost his shadow, and gained a habit for secrecy. After a blood-soaked childhood, Fetter escaped his rural hometown for the big city, and fell into a broader world where divine destinies are a dime a dozen. Everything in Luriat is more than it seems. Group therapy is recruitment for a revolutionary cadre. Junk email hints at the arrival of a god. Every door is laden with potential, and once closed may never open again. The city is scattered with Bright Doors, looming portals through which a cold wind blows. In this unknowable metropolis, Fetter will discover what kind of man he is, and his discovery will rewrite the world"--

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