Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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.
About: Down Comes the Night is a young adult fantasy written by Allison Saft. It will be published on 3/2/2021 by Wednesday Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 400 pages. The genres are young adult fantasy fiction, LGBT, horror, and romance. This book is the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 13 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, Wednesday Books is “a crossover, coming-of-age imprint for the insatiable reader.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Down Comes the Night on 2/17/2021 and finished it on 2/27/2021. This debut was a great read! The start was good with the bit of torture love. Hurt to love someone at a distant where that person doesn’t return the love. The magic was good, though only two were present; one to kill and one to heal. The main character could be relatable to many readers, myself included, especially when it came to tears spilling out without control. I like Wren’s curious minds and despite some sounds made at night that anyone might get scared as ghosts, she would hurry to investigate. The slow burning romance is torture! I wish I can read Hal’s and Una’s thoughts. This story is modern in a way that Wren is bisexual, where she’s attracted to girls and guys.
This book followed Wren, healer and Queen’s Guard, told in the third person point of view, as she and her best friend Una, 18 and Wren’s superior, out for three weeks in the bitter cold looking for the missing guards who disappeared while out on patrols. They caught a guy with a notebook that noted the names of the missing guards but he got injured. Being a healer, Wren couldn’t help but healed him and once he got his strength back he got away. Now Wren and Una has to answer Queen Isabel about why they let their only lead to the missing guards escaped. The Queen suspended Wren to the mines to heal the miners, but to go there is to have no chance at becoming a guard again. Instead, Wren chose a different path, one that her friend Una might called reckless and the Queen wouldn’t approve. This new path, at least Wren has a bit of freedom to decide for herself, even though she might came face to face with the enemy named Hal, 19, a reaper and so-called monster.
Down Comes the Night was an actions and adventurous read! I couldn’t put down a few times and read late into the night. There was an intense bit of reading where Wren went looking after the sounds that people might mistaken for ghosts and the medical bits to healing wounds. It’s interesting how young adults are portrayed as being responsible enough to put their country before their own indulgence. Because of LGBT genre, I was hoping for the happy ending to be with a girl, but, well.. The read was still good. I do recommend everyone to read this book!
Tag Lines: fast paced, actions and adventures, slow burning romance, winter wonderland
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
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. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).