Hello fellow bookworms,
It’s time for another book review, and today, I have something truly exceptional to share. ‘The Saint of Bright Doors’ by Vajra Chandrasekera is not just a book; it’s a journey into a world both familiar and alien, both mundane and mystic.
The Saint of Bright Doors sets the high drama of divine revolutionaries and transcendent cults against the mundane struggles of modern life, resulting in a novel that is revelatory and resonant.
Fetter was raised to kill, honed as a knife to cut down his sainted father. This gave him plenty to talk about in therapy.
He walked among invisible devils and anti-gods that mock the mortal form. He learned a lethal catechism, lost his shadow, and gained a habit for secrecy. After a blood-soaked childhood, Fetter escaped his rural hometown for the big city, and fell into a broader world where divine destinies are a dime a dozen.
Everything in Luriat is more than it seems. Group therapy is recruitment for a revolutionary cadre. Junk email hints at the arrival of a god. Every door is laden with potential, and once closed may never open again. The city is scattered with Bright Doors, looming portals through which a cold wind blows. In this unknowable metropolis, Fetter will discover what kind of man he is, and his discovery will rewrite the world.
Our protagonist, Fetter, is a man honed as a deadly weapon, born and raised to be a master assassin. From an early age, he is fashioned into a tool of change, a catalyst meant to shatter the world as we know it. But life, in all its unpredictability, has a different course charted for him. As Fetter’s once razor-sharp skills dull from disuse, he strays from his destined path. On paper, this may not sound wildly unique, but trust me – the journey we embark on is something else entirely… as he joins a lost Chosen One support group.
One of the most enchanting aspects of ‘The Saint of Bright Doors’ is Chandrasekera’s sheer artistry in worldbuilding. He paints a vivid picture of a city teetering on the brink of the unknown. It’s a city that’s eerily similar to ours, complete with the humdrum of everyday life – the ringing phones, buzzing planes, even the bureaucratic hustle of entities like the United Nations. Yet, beneath this veneer of normality, the city pulses with a mystical energy that’s hard to describe but impossible to ignore. It’s surreal and foreign, like it evolved in an alternate reality.
As we navigate through the streets of Luriat, we’re continually reminded of its supernatural underbelly. The city is dotted with ‘Bright Doors’ – What are they? Where do they open to? Why are they cared for in the way that they are, without being spoken of?
What’s really compelling is how Chandrasekera blends these elements into a seamless narrative. It’s a delightful dance between the ordinary and the surreal, with the author deftly leading us through the story. This balance creates a tantalizing tension that’s prevalent throughout the book, making for a truly gripping read.
Truth be told, this isn’t an easy book to review. Not because it’s lacking in any way – quite the opposite. ‘The Saint of Bright Doors’ is such a unique reading experience that it’s tough to adequately capture its magic in words. It’s like trying to describe the taste of a delicious new dish to someone who’s never tried it before. All I can say is, this book isn’t just one of my favorites this year, but one of the most memorable I’ve ever come across.
Set to be published on July 11, 2023, by Tordotcom, I eagerly urge you to mark your calendars for the release of ‘The Saint of Bright Doors.’ You’re not just getting a book; you’re getting a key to a city that teems with wonders and secrets, waiting to be unlocked.
Until the next page turn,