[Click the cover below to check it out! If you don’t see a book cover below it’s probably ad-blocker settings]
[I feel like this is a nice, vague cover of what you’re about to experience. Then you look at the sheer size of this book and you’re like: gottdamn! Also! I suggest getting this version of the book if you do go and get it. It’s the complete version of all the books in the series in one novel, and includes all illustrations]
“Imajica is an epic beyond compare: vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. At its heart lies the sensualist and master art forger, Gentle, whose life unravels when he encounters Judith Odell, whose power to influence the destinies of men is vaster than she knows, and Pie ‘oh’ pah, an alien assassin who comes from a hidden dimension.
That dimension is one of five in the great system called Imajica. They are worlds that are utterly unlike our own, but are ruled, peopled, and haunted by species whose lives are intricately connected with ours. As Gentle, Judith, and Pie ‘oh’ pah travel the Imajica, they uncover a trail of crimes and intimate betrayals, leading them to a revelation so startling that it changes reality forever.”
[Accurate. Except for that it’s weird they call Pie an alien. I guess he is an ‘alien’ in the sense that he’s not from our world, but weird. You’ll feel the same way once you read it and get to know his character]
So the first thing you’ll notice with this book [I suggest the complete edition with both books and the new index, by the by – I linked that version for you above] is that this book is pretty huge. I almost killed a man with this book. [Partially true]
If you get the complete edition with the new index/combined books, it’s almost 900 pages. But the thing about it is: This book is going to go so fast, despite it’s sheer size.
Also, it’s Clive Barker. If you aren’t familiar with his writing style, it’s very detailed and very… meat-y. [No, not a ref to Midnight Meat Train] As in that it’s very detailed, dense, and thick… and sometimes slow to get through some parts.
There’s so much to this book, everything you can imagine. Sex, religion, good VS evil, gender fluidity, rape, pregnancy, magic, death, other worlds, demons… – everything EVER. All for your eyeholes.
I want to explain so much, tell you how awesome this book was, but I don’t want to give a single thing away. I usually scream on the rooftops about Imajica when people ask what my favorite book is or ask about it on my bookshelf. I could probably talk about it for hours.
You need to experience it for yourself. It’s definitely raised my ‘epic fantasy’ genre bar up by a lot expectations-wise. I’m going to have to start keeping in mind that not all fantasy writers mean to try to compare to Clive Barker in this sense. So if you’re a fantasy novel fan, this is a must. [Which is why I’ve started gifting this book to a few people as well so there’s no excuse not to read it]
I felt all the feels with this book. I cried around four times, sometimes got so mad I had to put the book down and walk around for awhile, or felt such desolation that I had to do the whole ‘stare at the wall somberly’ thing in the middle of a paragraph.
Also, the book has a large male vs female ratio. I expected to see more of Clive’s sometimes-rather-apparent dislike of women in the book, and you can in some parts, but more of it is actually that men repress the true power of women. Men destroy both what they want and can take, but especially what they can’t have. It’s a good lesson/theme in the book, without being all in your face about it.
Hands down, go read this book. Go do it. Like, right now. Go. Shoo.
I give Imajica a 5/5 Beautiful Shapeshifters
“The past had been written by men. But the future – pregnant with possibilities – the future was a woman.”