In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin
from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts—lethal creatures spawned from
feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young
sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s
livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo
of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin
appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but Taj is
cocky and desperate to provide for his family.
When Taj is called to eat a sin of a member of the royal family, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves—and his own life.
Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable series opener that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt. Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor.
Tochi Onyebuchi holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale, a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from Tisch, a masters degree in Global Economic Law from L’institut d’études politiques, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov’s and Ideomancer, among other places. Tochi resides in Connecticut where he works in the tech industry and is currently writing the epic sequel to Beasts Made of Night.