Title: Down Comes the Night
Author: Allison Saft
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Page Count: 390
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Allison Saft’s Down Comes the Night is a snow-drenched romantic fantasy that keeps you racing through the pages long into the night.
He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw the magic in his darkness.
Wren Southerland’s reckless use of magic has cost her everything: she’s been dismissed from the Queen’s Guard and separated from her best friend—the girl she loves. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate, Colwick Hall, to cure his servant from a mysterious illness, she seizes her chance to redeem herself.
The mansion is crumbling, icy winds haunt the caved-in halls, and her eccentric host forbids her from leaving her room after dark. Worse, Wren’s patient isn’t a servant at all but Hal Cavendish, the infamous Reaper of Vesria and her kingdom’s sworn enemy. Hal also came to Colwick Hall for redemption, but the secrets in the estate may lead to both of their deaths.
With sinister forces at work, Wren and Hal realize they’ll have to join together if they have any hope of saving their kingdoms. But as Wren circles closer to the nefarious truth behind Hal’s illness, they realize they have no escape from the monsters within the mansion. All they have is each other, and a startling desire that could be their downfall.
Love makes monsters of us all
Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft is a young adult romantic fantasy standalone novel with a gothic feel. In this story we meet Wren Southerland who isn’t exactly cut out to be a part of the Queen’s guard but that is where we join her out on patrol. When Wren’s group captures a prisoner Wren can’t control her own compassionate nature as she is a healer, not a fighter and when Wren heals the prisoner and her escapes she is sent back to the abbey.
Despite Wren being the niece of the queen she finds herself at a loss as to how she can fit in so when a letter arrives requesting her healing powers Wren thinks it’s the chance to get back into the Queen’s good graces. After arriving at the Lord’s manor Wren finds out that the servant that the Lord desperately wants healed is none other than Hal Cavendish, a wanted enemy of Wren’s people.
Down Comes the Night was a fantasy read that had it’s ups and downs for me but by the time it was over I did find it an interesting story. Wren had her moments all throughout that didn’t make her the strongest most compelling lead but she was likable enough and once with Hal the story seemed to pick up. Also, the plot at that point felt as if I were reading a mystery novel and was actually enjoyable to follow. By the time I was finished with this one I settled on a rating of three and a half stars and enjoyed the gothic twisty atmosphere of this fantasy.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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