Monday, 12 April 2021

Come, Thou Almighty by FKAHerSweetness


Come, Thou Almighty by FKAHerSweetness
Self published in installments from January to March 2021.

How I got this book:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Come, Thou Almighty is a fan fiction novella I discovered by supporting talented author FKAHERSweetness on Ko-Fi. I understand the main characters are inspired by the television series Hannibal, but I haven't yet watched any of that so I can't comment on how closely or distantly they resemble their screen counterparts. I do know that Come, Thou Almighty is set in an alternative reality with a self-contained storyline so I didn't miss out at all (I don't think) for reading this work in isolation.

I love FKAHS' prose style which is beautifully flowery and thoughtful in a way that perfectly suited the deeply traditional, monastic setting of the story. Elements of the tale reminded me of the Gormenghast reality with its rigid structures and rituals, reinforced over generations of faithful repetitions. Come, Thou Almighty is set within a closed community who live around a sumptuous cathedral, tunnelled into a mountain. I don't think I've ever read a setting quite as unique as this and I was entranced by it. 

At the centre, is sixteen-year-old Will, a boy destined to become the Godsmouth on his seventeenth birthday and to spend the rest of his solitary life channelling the word of God to his people. It's a cruelly hugh responsibility to place on such young shoulders and I could completely empathise with Will's reluctance to embrace his destiny any sooner than he absolutely must. Hannibal Lecter's character arrives as a young trainee physician, only a few years older than Will. Hannibal really doesn't have any understanding of quite what he is walking into and I won't reveal too much about it either for fear of spoiling the intense atmospheres that FKAHS creates. Suffice to say that Come, Thou Almighty is as much a coming of age story for Hannibal as it is for Will. 

Despite my eclectic reading over the years, I have hardly read any fan fiction so surprised myself in just how much I enjoyed reading Come, Thou Almighty, especially as I couldn't reference the original characters or story. No doubt fans of Hannibal would benefit from a greater familiarity with the characters, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story on its own account. There are a few pretty graphic sex scenes and a scene of grim violence, as well as moments of real poignance. I'm delighted to have discovered both this impressive new-to-me author and, on the strength of this tale, to have a whole new genre of fiction to explore.


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