Thanks to midterms and life in general its been a while since I've been able to post, here's a book review as an apology. The Night of Elisa is an illustrated novella by Isis Sousa and It was a fantastic gothic read.
Elisa is a young woman who has had everything she's loved ripped from her by a backstabbing husband. She's thrust into the world of Duskland and encounters a wide variety of interesting characters who embrace her with open arms. After being separated from her new friends, Elisa learns of the betrayal from the man she married and with help from her friends, vows to take him down.
The construction of this novella was interesting to me, Elisa, the main character was rather boring and blank. This didn't feel like a negative thing though, in fact quite the opposite. Elisa felt like a clean white canvas for me, the reader, to project my feelings and emotions on to in response to the situations around her. In a novella of this length, this is a great addition and helped me feel more connected to the wide variety of other characters supporting the plot.
Throughout the story, Elisa finds herself in a variety of locations and worlds and when they are explained there is a descriptive difference beautifully crafted to alert the reader to where they are. Simple touches of the setting are described to create a rich feeling environment, and weather conditions are used to enhance the overall mood of a scene.