Title: Hearts of Oak
Author: Eddie Robson
Publication Date: 17 March 2020
Format: eBook - EPUB
Source: ARC via NetGalley
The buildings grow.
And the city expands.
And the people of the land are starting to behave abnormally.
Or perhaps they’ve always behaved that way, and it’s normality that’s at fault.
And the king of the land confers with his best friend, who happens to be his closest advisor, who also happens to be a talking cat. But that’s all perfectly natural and not at all weird.
And when chief architect Iona wakes from a long period of blindly accepting the status quo, she realizes there’s a mystery to be solved. A strange, somewhat bizarre mystery, to be sure, but no less dangerous for its improbability.
And the cat is almost certainly involved!
Hearts of Oak was a fun, quirky read. It took me a few pages to get into it, but once I did I enjoyed the premise. The idea behind this story is great and I thought it came across well. There was a good blend of humour and action that kept me always eager to turn the page, to discover what would happen next. I am still a little torn over the ending. Although it worked, I found it a tad unfulfilling, but that is a minor gripe. Overall, I am giving this book 3.5 stars, which I will round up to 4 stars. Check it out if you are looking for a short sci-fi/fantasy read that offers something a little different.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.