I’ve had good luck with novellas recently – The Lies of the Ajungo is another quick read that strikes the right balance between telling a complete story and leaving you wanting more.
The Lies of the Ajungo reads like an old-fashioned fable or a Brothers Grimm fairytale. It’s a simple story told devastatingly effectively. Tutu’s evolution from small and bullied to powerful and vengeful is done so well that you’re rooting for him from the very beginning.
I like that this story is about questioning everything. If even the name of your town is designed to breed distrust, if your history is littered with deceit and trickery, if everything you’ve ever been told is a betrayal, then what do you do?
This fast-paced, almost feverish narrative drew me into this bleak and barren world with almost no effort. Within a few pages, I was completely on board for this adventure, and I never looked back. I cannot recommend this novella highly enough, and as it looks like this might be the start of a series, I’m very excited to be able to return to this world one day.