The Thief of Memory by Sunyi Dean

The Thief of Memory by Sunyi Dean
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

In “The Thief of Memory,” The Hero must journey across the desert to capture The Thief Of Memory and retrieve her stolen memories. But what she finds in the end may destroy her.

When every other option has been exhausted, sometimes violence is the only tool left.

Miquon made me change my mind about her multiple times. In a few scenes, I was a little frightened of how insistent she was that she could steal back the memories that were missing from her mind no matter what the emotional and physical cost of it would be. I empathized with her in other scenes and wished I could help her reach her goals. She had so many layers to her personality, some of which generally aren’t seen together in the average fantasy character, that I’d struggle to reduce the complexity of it all to a few sentences in a review. My favorite moments were that ones that were focused on nothing but her and her fierce determination to fix everything.

There were so many creative and exciting plot twists. This was the perfect example of how to keep a reader guessing from the first scene to the last one. I didn’t see the ending coming, and I loved the thrill of being surprised by how it all turned out. The author couldn’t have done a better job of playing around with the tropes of the fantasy genre and creating something fresh with them.

This was an excellent example of how to write an open-ended conclusion that answered enough questions to satisfy me while still leaving plenty of space for readers to debate the meanings of certain passages and come up with their own theories of what might happen next. I hope to return to this story over and over again in the future as I relive what happened and look for clues, I might have missed on my previous rereads. It’s going to stick with me for a long time.

The Thief of Memory tickled my imagination and made me want more.

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