Review: Limbo or a very compelling trip into human mythology

Hello people! Today I am back with another review, yay! It seems like things are going back to normal, and I am really grateful for it! Also, this is another review for an indie/self-pub book!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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Title: Limbo
Author: Thiago D’Evecque
Page Count: 180
Publication Date: March 2016

The fate of the world hinges on a forsaken spirit, a mad god in a sword, and 12 mythological beings.
The Limbo is where all souls — human or otherwise — go to after dying. Some don’t realize where they are. Death is a hard habit to get used to. Gods and mythological figures also dwell in the plane, borne from humanity’s beliefs.
A forsaken spirit is awakened and ordered to dispatch 12 souls back to Earth to prevent the apocalypse. Many don’t take kindly to the return. Accompanied by an imprisoned mad god, the spirit must compel them.
Each of the 12 unlocks a piece of the forsaken spirit’s true identity. Memories unfold and past wounds bleed again.
The journey will reveal buried truths about gods, angels, humanity, and the forsaken spirit itself.
If you like epic fights, diverse mythology reinterpreted, and surprising plot twists, Limbo is for you.

This is a fascinating book, with a solid idea and an interesting development. To be completely honest, I have mixed feelings toward this reading, even if all the feelings are quite good. And yes, I know this sounds quite confusing, but let me try to explain this a bit.

The idea of this book is brilliant, we see a lot of different folklore and mythology here (and I loved that!), we get food for thoughts, because this book would make you think. Think about what it means to be human, think about the folklore, think about what makes us different from each other, and yet all the same. It would make you wonder about our future and our past. And this is a great thing.
And at the end of it, we get a note from the author, explaining what he tried to do, and what inspired him, and it was the best note ever.
And, speaking about what inspired him, we don’t see just the “classical”, we see some interesting and little known mythology or folklore, and we get even some “newer” mentions, directly taken from our culture. And this was fun!

And so far all is amazing, but the structure of this book is quite repetitive, and even if the reason for this repetitiveness is quite obvious, and even if it is right for this book,  and so I can’t really complain, I have to admit that this made my reading slower in some parts. I am not saying that it was boring, because it was not, but I didn’t appreciate it a lot.
And then we have the writing. Mind me, it was good. Really, really good. But it was quite on the sad side. Again, it is right for this kind of book, and it was fascinating, but on a completely personal level, even if I liked it (because, as I was saying, the writing here is good!) I didn’t really enjoy it. And I really hope this makes sense to you.
All things considered, the part about the mixed feelings is all about personal taste. But I cannot say that this book is lacking in something, or that is poorly developed or anything of the sort.

Even if I have complained a bit, I enjoyed the reading and I was fascinated by it. Also, it is a book that makes you think, and that is something precious.

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I hope this review made sense! And what about you? Have you read this book? Or something with a similar idea? Let me know! 

Happy reading!
S.

14 thoughts on “Review: Limbo or a very compelling trip into human mythology

  1. Ola G says:

    I’ve never heard of this book, but the mention of mythology does sound quite intriguing! And the fact that it makes you think is a great selling point, too – at least for me 😀 Thanks for sharing, Susy!

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  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery says:

    A thought-provoking book is always worth reading, but given the mood of this one, as you describe it, much depends on the reader’s own mood and how the two combine: sometimes the end result is not what was intended…
    Still, a very interesting concept – thanks for sharing! 🙂

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