"This knockout of a read roars with vivid intensity as it explores the viewpoint of a team of diverse healers on the front line of an impossible war."
I announce this absolute humdinger of a LoveReading Star Book as an extraordinarily powerful and provocative read. As the Palleseen army invade, battle, and retreat their way in a never ending cycle, the crew of a field hospital just behind the front line battle to save lives and each other. Carrying a box of Gods on his back, Yasnic is sent to join the bizarre medical team led by the Butcher. This is the second book in the The Tyrant Philosophers series, you could very easily read this as a standalone, yet I recommend starting with City of Last Chances in order to experience the beginning of this world. And, oh, what a world, so fiercely different, and yet with aspects that are strikingly recognisable. It is wonderfully easy to step into the pages and immerse yourself, to believe, to exist in what you can see, hear, and feel around you. A political and social commentary lies beneath the surface, allowing the reader to find and draw their own conclusions. House of Open Wounds slapped my attention from the get-go and never let me go. It is both epic and intimate in scale, capturing the structure of fear and hope in a war-torn existence. Author Adrian Tchaikovsky is able to burrow down into the essence of what it is to be human. He looks past the surface and into the chaos that lies within, those intricate layers built as a result of decisions, deeds, and events over years of existence. His characters (including the Gods) scream with vivid intensity, each one meticulously constructed and evolving through the novel. The relationships and energy between the characters ensures a connection, and one that I didn’t want to let go. I fell deeply in love with this wonderfully tormenting and impressive read, House of Open Wounds is so dynamic and potent it hurts, highly recommended.