The book titles itself a Wuthering Heights retelling but it reads more like it was heavily inspired by it. Not a bad thing but having read my copy of Wuthering Heights so much that it fell apart, this feels much more like a story inspired by it.
The characters are well done and invoke Catherine and Heathcliff strongly. Pearl and Hake are very solid characters who inhabit the story beautifully.
Taking place on the cursed island of Moon Tithe, it’s a dark, gothic tale complete with an Edritch monstrosity.
A curse was laid down by the Old Gods, the Deep Dwellers, of which there is only one left. And while I really loved this, the mythos of the Old Gods isn’t ever fully explained. We don’t learn more about them, just a bit about the one who is left.
Hake is a boy hurt by the Old One, the last Deep Dweller who escapes and meets Pearl. Watching them grow up was amazing. It felt good to read. I will say however, that any time there was a kiss it fell flat for me.
There’s also the issue of pacing. This book was impossible for me to put down for the first 55%. Then it became a bit of a slog. The pacing would slow down, pick up, slow down. It was a bit off putting at times.
When we get descriptions of things they’re done well and you really do get to see it well and feel immersed in it, especially when the pacing is up.
There was one instance however, where I sort of felt let down as a reader. It was a moment where an important revelation was made and the characters “just knew”. It cheapened the reading experience for me in that moment.
Almost all of the characters are really well done and their relationships work. There was no hamfisting two characters to make time seem genuine around each other.
A fun read I could see myself recommending to a few people.