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Title: A Thousand Steps into Night
Author: Traci Chee
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2022
Page Count: 375
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
From New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Traci Chee comes a Japanese-influenced fantasy brimming with demons, adventure, and plans gone awry.
In the realm of Awara, where gods, monsters, and humans exist side by side, Miuko is an ordinary girl resigned to a safe, if uneventful, existence as an innkeeper’s daughter.
But when Miuko is cursed and begins to transform into a demon with a deadly touch, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life. Aided by a thieving magpie spirit and continuously thwarted by a demon prince, Miuko must outfox tricksters, escape demon hunters, and negotiate with feral gods if she wants to make it home again.
With her transformation comes power and freedom she never even dreamed of, and she’ll have to decide if saving her soul is worth trying to cram herself back into an ordinary life that no longer fits her… and perhaps never did.
A Thousand Steps into Night by Traci Chee is a young adult fantasy novel. The story in A Thousand Steps into Night is one that is heavily influenced by Japanese culture and is a standalone fantasy read.
Miuko is a just an ordinary girl, the daughter of an innkeeper, in the realm of Awara where all types of other creatures exist. Miuko never expected to one day find herself cursed but she did and now she has to find a way to reverse the curse before she ends up turning into a demon sending Miuko out to places a normal human girl would never dare travel.
A Thousand Steps into Night by Traci Chee for me was a solid young adult fantasy read but not one I was overly excited about when finishing. For me the story flowed at a decent pace but not overly fast either and there were a few instances when reading I thought things felt a tad repetitive. The world building was solid though and the adventure interesting and I do find myself on the lower side of ratings so if this sounds good to others I’d suggest trying it out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Traci Chee is the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author of YA fantasy THE READER. An all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts, though she also dabbles at piano playing, egg painting, and hosting potluck game nights for family and friends. She studied literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog.