It’s going to be hard to review Hannah Berry’s Adamtine without spoilers, so I’ll start with a tiny one to get us going: the crossword solution is “rhadamanthine”; the missing letters make up the book’s title. That’s not much of a spoiler, but it fills in a blank, a tiny detail. If you do know the word – and I had to look it up – it adds a layer, too. That’s kind of the real spoiler: Adamtine is built up of these details and layers, and I’m going to talk about that. The plot has twists and reveals, and I’ll try not to spoil them too much, but what really got me was how well the book is assembled to produce its effects.

Hopefully, me banging on about how well Adamtine creates atmosphere won’t spoil it doing that for you, but if you think it might, go and buy it and read it first. Really, do.

You can download a preview from Hannah Berry’s website.

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It may actually take less time to read than this article. I loved Adamtine, and got a little carried away.

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