Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
Releases: March 2, 2021
"He saw the darkness in her magic.
She saw the magic in his darkness."
I am in love with this book.
Down Comes the Night follows Wren Southerland, who has recently been dismissed from the Queen's Guard for her "reckless" use of magic. Yearning to get back in the Queen's good graces, Wren accepts a job in the neighboring kingdom. The reclusive lord of Colwick Hall has requested her help in curing a mysterious illness that plagues his staff. But the man she's come to heal isn't some slowly staff: it's Hal Cavendish, the Reaper of Vesria who has killed countless of her people. Wren comes to learn that Hal is more than he seems, just as Colwick Hall and her mysterious employer is. With Hal's help, he and Wren uncover dark secrets that impact both of their kingdoms. And they're the only ones that can save their people.
It may only be the beginning of the year, but this book is definitely making my top reads of 2021!
Do you love a good mystery? Do you love enemies-to-lovers? Do you love creepy estates with equally creepy Lords? Then do I have the book for you!
I won't lie, the beginning wasn't as enthralling as the rest of the book, but by the time Wren arrived at Colwick Hall, I WAS HOOKED! The dynamic between Wren and Hal was fantastic, the mystery surrounding the plot was enthralling, and I couldn't get enough of the world and characters that Saft created.
Saft is a beautiful writer whose prose pull you in and set the scene so perfectly it's as if you're breathing the same air as her characters. She crafts her world with care and it shows on each page. With all of the war and speculation that is set up in the beginning, I knew I was in for an adventure I wouldn't be able to put down.
Wren is such a likable protagonist, and it was interesting to watch her struggle with her emotions. Throughout the book, emotions, love, and caring is what Wren is taught makes her weak. It's different to see these things as negative attributes, and I really appreciated how Wren navigate through that to maintain who she is versus becoming what others thought she needed to be.
Hal is...how do I even start? How do people that have done evil things redeem themselves? How do people navigate moving past their mistakes to come out on the other side a better person? A war hero in one place is someone's worst enemy in another. Does that make him evil? We're given his past deeds before we ever meet him, but how can we fault him? Hal is there to atone for his mistakes, not ask for forgiveness--which he doesn't entirely believe he deserves. He wants to make things right, even if his life is in danger by doing so. This just makes me him more lovable somehow.
All that being said, don't even get me started on this enemies-to-lovers trope that I would literally DIE to read again for the first time. Saft writes it so perfectly, so slow-burny, that my little heart couldn't take it anymore by the end. Enemies-to-lovers is now my favorite thing ever, but it must be done as perfectly as this. I will take nothing less! Hal + Wren 4Ever.
Overall, this book is fantastic for fans of murder mystery-esque gothic fantasy. And romance. Because wow, did my heart skip far too many beats while reading this book.
I can't wait to see what Saft writes next.