A remarkable debut novel, Dawn of Wonder is a beautifully written tale of a boy–soon to be a young man–living and struggling to survive with his dignity and his (often-bruised) body intact while growing up in an intricately woven tapestry of a world.
Renshaw provides an astonishing level of detail regarding how this world works, from its nasty intra- and inter-regional political/cultural disputes to the multifaceted people who are so used to living life under strict societal rules that anyone who behaves with a measure of independence risks getting his head sliced off.
By far, the most enthralling section of the book (and luckily it’s the majority of this weighty tome–uh, speaking figuratively since I read it on my Kindle!) involves… well, no, let me start from the beginning, although I won’t give anything specific away. Continue reading “Review: Dawn of Wonder, by Jonathan Renshaw” »