Time to read: 2h39m
Date read: Mon 5 Sep – Wed 7 Sep 2022
✨Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.✨
Domino is in hell. He died, and that’s where he’s ended up, and with his witch blood, he’s got to be even more careful than the rest of the dark souls who’ve landed there.
Except, there’s something after him, willing to drag him away kicking and screaming, and take us on the journey through the dark tragedy of his life, the enduring love he and his brother have for one another, and to the truth of what it means to be a selfish, selfless witch.
Like reading a dream…
It’s very rare that I notice the writing of a book. That’s not to say I don’t notice something that’s well-written. I just think, if it has been done well, I shouldn’t really be noticing it at all, especially once I’ve got past the first few pages and got used to the voice the author is using.
There are a few exceptions to this, where the writing is noticeable because of how lovely the turns of phrase are, or of how it carries you along (or doesn’t), and I think I Have Asked to be Where No Storms Come falls firmly into this category.
It’s beautifully written, incredibly evocative, and that makes it heartbreaking and chilling in equal measure. It’s dirt-under-your-fingernails, dust-at-the-back-of-your-throat kind of writing, and this works for a story that meanders, where the edges are kind of fuzzy.
I don’t think it’s wrong to say that there are parts of the story that are confusing. I don’t really understand entirely how the magic Domino and Wicasah and the others have works. I don’t know 100% where they are, or when. But I think that’s the point. It’s like existing in the confusing spectacle of these brothers’ minds, and it could be that there was no real magic at all, but I don’t think that’s true, either.
What’s real are Domino and Wicasah and the lengths they’ll go to for each other. What happens is inevitable but earned, the shucking of traditions neither of them really bought into. This book felt like a long, sometimes horrifying, sometimes gorgeous journey, and the imagery and character work really is fantastic.
The selfishness of selflessness
What’s the verdict?
Five spooky skulls for this one: 💀💀💀💀💀
This is a gorgeous dark fantasy/horror combination and although I read it recently, I don’t think I’m going to stop thinking about it for a while yet. It feels almost Dark Tower adjacent, only perhaps less relentlessly grim. Give yourself time to mull it over, and enjoy the ride!