Books from the Backlog #195

Posted January 6, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 9 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #195Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
Published by Wednesday Books on March 2, 2021
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
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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

Why did I add Down Comes the Night to my bookshelf?

This is one of three NetGalley books that were published in 2021 that are still lingering on my digital shelves and I hope to get caught up with all of them this year. I downloaded this one because of one of those tempting emails. You know, the emails that tell you that a book is “read now” for a limited time or a limited number of reviewers. I always think that I have to think fast when I get those emails and often end up with books that I don’t think I would have chosen on my own. I am learning and have not taken the bait lately. I am really curious how well this book will work for me. It looks like my Goodreads friends either loved it, didn’t care for it, or thought it was just okay and the mix is pretty even. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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About Allison Saft

ALLISON SAFT was born in a Philadelphia blizzard and has been chasing the sun ever since. After receiving her MA in English literature from Tulane University, she moved from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast, where she spends her time hiking the redwoods and practicing aerial silks. Down Comes the Night is her debut novel.

9 responses to “Books from the Backlog #195

  1. Yours sounds really good…and I know what you mean about those tempting emails! Good luck and enjoy it.

    Mine was also one that called to me…and then fell by the wayside.