Temper by Nicky Drayden


Two brothers.Seven vices.One demonic possession.Can this relationship survive?Auben Mutze has more vices than he can deal with—six to be exact—each branded down his arm for all the world to see. They mark him as a lesser twin in society, as inferior, but there’s no way he’ll let that define him. Intelligent and outgoing, Auben’s spirited antics make him popular among the other students at his underprivileged high school. So what if he...

Details Temper

Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Temper

  • Acqua
    If you like genre-defying books, page-turners full of unpredictable twists, or stories about siblings, you don't want to miss Temper.Temper is the second book I've read by Nicky Drayden; it's just as weird as her debut The Prey of Gods, and even better. I also fear it will be just as underrated, and I really don't want that to happen, because this is one of the best SFF novels I've read this year.Temper is set in an alternate Cape Town, South Afr...
  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    RTCTemper is a book that I am having a hard time writing a review for. Drayden is masterful in her world building. She crafts descriptions in a way that I can clearly imagine cities, homes, walls, and even what the characters look like which makes the story engaging. However, with Temper I think that I may need a second read to truly catch most of what Drayden is wanting her readers to get. The main theme in Temper seems to be complex evolving re...
  • Diego Domenici
    Premise: In Temper, Drayden takes you on a journey of self-discovery in a world where virtually everyone is born with a twin and goes through a ritual in which the seven human vices and their opposites are divided between the two, favoring the Greater Twin. Auben, a Lesser Twin, is our sole point of view and guide into his world and society, where religion, mysticism and forbidden technologies all play a part and all want their share of him.Style...
  • Kristen Burns
    3 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*This was a unique fantasy book involving twins, possessions, vices, virtues, gods, and unexpected twists, all taking place in an African-based setting. I'm not sure if I should classify it as paranormal/urban fantasy or high fantasy or magical realism or mythology or maybe even metaphysical & visionary since it took place in a land very similar to ou...
  • Vicki Crosson
    I received an advanced copy of this book intended for review. I loved Temper just as much as Drayden's last book, The Prey of Gods. This book has some incredibly strong world building and development of the main character, whose POV we maintain throughout the whole book. I loved the strong divisions between the rich and the poor, the wicked and the good, and I would have loved to see more from some of the other characters. Like The Prey of Gods, ...
  • Ceillie Simkiss
    Holy shitballs. This is amazing???Full review to come!
  • Marta Pelrine-Bacon
    This story was wonderfully weird. I've read Drayden's first novel and several of her stories, and she is one of the most imaginative authors I've come across. She's imaginative and uninhibited in her storytelling. So, she jumps right into this world, and she doesn't info dump. You're in a new world, and you'll figure things out as any adventurer--as you go along. It took me a couple of pages to realize that this world has more than two genders, a...
  • Monica St. Dennis
    I don't think I've ever said this about a sci-fi novel before, and I didn't expect to say it about this one, but: I think this book was just a little too weird for me.
  • Michael
    I received an advance ebook to review.********************************Set in a world where virtues and vices are traits split between twins, people are split by class, and where a teenage boy, just coming into his own along with his brother, become gods. Incredible world building here just as in Nicky Draydens previous novel, The Prey of Gods, along with well written characters that I could not help but really fall in love with. It is most defini...
  • Mika Brown
    Just. Wow. It's rare that an author can pull off more than one unexpected twist in a story that actually works, but every single twist in this book work really well, building from what seems like a small family story in a really interesting world to an epic conclusion. And you can never go wrong with acrobatic librarians.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
  • Olivia
    Set in a world rich with its own mythology and traditions, Temper sets the stage for a unique speculative fiction romp. In a society where people have preordained vices and virtues split between twins, it is inevitable for one twin to be superior to the other. Tied together through a magical bond called proximity, twins need to remain close to each other or face physical and psychological ramifications, and when the lesser twins face prejudices d...
  • Krista
    I received an advance ebook to review. I really enjoyed Temper, although it wasn't quite the home run for me that The Prey of Gods was. Temper is a little darker and the whole book is from Auben's point of view as he comes of age, explores his world and makes choices about his place within it. I personally am less drawn to this teenage boy's perspective than I was to some of the characters in The Prey of Gods; I found myself wishing to visit the ...
  • Coolcurry
    How do I even describe this book? It’s so strange, full of genre mixing and ideas, all stirred together into a wild ride.In the world of Temper, almost everyone is a twin. You’re either the “greater” twin or the “lesser” twin. You see, each twin is born with a mix of seven vices and virtues, evenly split between them.Auben Mutze is a lesser twin, about as less as you can get — six vices and only one virtue, charity. He knows his pro...
  • Shay
    On her website, Drayden lists her favourite authors as Neal Stephenson, Octavia Butler, and Christopher Moore, a blend which accurately evokes the atmosphere of her two books to date, combining Stephenson and Butler’s grimmer sci-fi talents with Moore’s weirdness and humour. Drayden describes Temper as “a story caught somewhere between dark fantasy and horror.” Certainly there is an element of the surreal about her work, as well an ambiti...
  • Eric
    TL;DR Temper by Nicky Drayden hit all the high notes on story, world-building, character, and mythology to create a novel that sums to greater than its parts. Highly recommended. Review Each time I sit down to write about Temper by Nicky Drayden, I can’t find a place to start because all I can think about is how much I enjoyed this novel. Where to begin? The themes of balance? Artificial class division? Mythology? World-building? Intriguing cha...
  • Matthew Galloway
    This novel is absolute perfection. You can read the summary without me explaining it here, so I’ll just start by saying this is one of those books that feels like diving into the deep end of the pool. The world building isn’t going to make sense right off and that’s okay — you’re visiting some place new. Each revelation is astounding, each of the many sharp turns is surprising and satisfying. There are plenty books that toss in twists f...
  • Jonii
    I wanted so badly to like this. It has a killer cover on it and the premise sounded interesting... But it just dragged on and on and on with nothing much happening except sibling rivalry and lots of barely explained jargon. I kept waiting doe something to happen that wasn't immediately followed by more exposition. I desired to stop reading without finishing because... Why? I couldn't see the point in continuing to be bored out of my mind.
  • Becky Spratford
    I reviewed this for my ALA Annual 2018 Booklist Read ’N’ Rave Panel. Details: http://raforall.blogspot.com/2018/06/...
  • Heidi
    Not as good as Prey of gods but still good. Closer to a 4 star book than a 3 star book. Worth reading.
  • Kelly Spoer
    OMG NO REALLY.I couldn't put it down. I got this via netgalley, and damn. I'm gonna have to own this one.
  • Matt
    Drayden showed how she could build inventive worlds with The Prey of Gods and that shows even more with Temper. The characters are compelling and the premise is intriguing. Highly recommended.