A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018!
A Vulture Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book of 2018!
In a land similar to South Africa, twin brothers are beset by powerful forces beyond their understanding or control in this thrilling blend of science fiction, horror, magic, and dark humor—evocative of the works of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor—from the author of The Prey of Gods.
Two brothers.Seven vices.One demonic possession.Can this relationship survive?
Auben Mutze has more vices than he can deal with—six to be exact—each branded down his arm for all the world to see. They mark him as a lesser twin in society, as inferior, but there’s no way he’ll let that define him. Intelligent and outgoing, Auben’s spirited antics make him popular among the other students at his underprivileged high school. So what if he’s envious of his twin Kasim, whose single vice brand is a ticket to a better life, one that likely won’t involve Auben.
The twins’ strained relationship threatens to snap when Auben starts hearing voices that speak to his dangerous side—encouraging him to perform evil deeds that go beyond innocent mischief. Lechery, deceit, and vanity run rampant. And then there are the inexplicable blood cravings. . . .
On the southern tip of an African continent that could have been, demons get up to no good during the time of year when temperatures dip and temptations rise. Auben needs to rid himself of these maddening voices before they cause him to lose track of time. To lose his mind. And to lose his . . .
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About the Author
Nicky Drayden’s short fiction has appeared in publications such as Shimmer and Space and Time. She is a systems analyst and resides in Austin, Texas, where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. Her debut novel, The Prey of Gods, was a best of the year pick by Book Riot, Vulture, and RT Book Reviews.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Set in a world rich with its own mythology and traditions, Temper sets the stage for a unique speculative fiction romp. In a society where people have preordained vices and virtues split between twins, it is inevitable for one twin to be superior to the other. Tied together through a magical bond called proximity, twins need to remain close to each other or face physical and psychological ramifications, and when the lesser twins face prejudices daily, tensions run high between siblings. Our main character, Auben, has six vices and only one virtue, causing him much grief in the way society views him. Regardless of growing apart, his love for his twin, Kasim, is strong. Even when he begins hearing a voice whisper to him, Auben tries to fight its cruel and impulsive suggestions. Auben must decide whether he can trust Kasim with his problems, or if this is something he must suss out on his own. Drayden's rich world caught my attention right away, and her penchant for letting the wolrdbuilding happen organically lends to the mystique of Auben's plight. Chock full of humor, quick-paced dialogue, and graphic violence, Temper is an exciting fantasy to read. However, I found the ending left many details and threads hanging where I wanted the problems neatly tied up. Regardless, Temper was an entertaining read for fans of fantasy, steampunk, and mythology.