(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I thought that this book was an interesting concept. I liked the atmosphere and how the historical aspect of the world seemed very authentic. While the writing out of the accents was sometimes hard to read, as it was difficult to figure out what the characters were saying, it was a good way of allowing me to hear the way they talked.
I did find the book a bit jarring and awkward to read. The blurb implied that the death of one character was connected to the downfall of another… but by the end of the book, I had no idea how they were apart from by a very thin strand of a thread.
The book was a very short one and I felt it could have been expanded upon a lot more. It didn’t seem like that much time had passed between Seth and Enoch being childhood friends and then being married with children themselves.
There was a lot of potential in this book in regards to the downward spiral Enoch took, but it was very difficult to understand how he got to that point. While the first bad actions made a little bit of sense, by the end of the book, the Enoch whose perspective was shown seemed entirely different to the Enoch other characters saw.
I think the book would have been easier to read with more development in the secondary characters. A lot of them were just mentioned once or twice, so when they had something bad happen to them, it was much harder to care.
While there were some interesting aspects to how some of the characters were connected to each other, those connections didn’t really seem to add anything to the story… and there was too much glossing over in the way of interactions between characters.
A lot of the book did have potential when it came to tensions between the different people regarding slavery and although some of the attitudes were completely and dangerously wrong, I felt they made a certain kind of sense for that time period. However, I couldn’t really figure out why Enoch and Seth wound up being so vehemently opposed to each other, even though neither had seemed to have a stance earlier on in the book.
I don’t think I’d read this book again, but I wouldn’t be averse to reading other books by this author in the future.