Book Review: Down Comes The Night by Allison Saft

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Niece to the queen herself, Wren Southerland might as well be a nobody. Sequestered in the Abbey from a very young age, Wren fought to establish her worth with her exceptional (and magical) healing abilities. Having worked her way up to Lieutenant in the Queen’s army, all Wren wants in the whole world is to be recognized for her value; to be told she matters. But when one moment of misplaced compassion leaves her at the mercy of an enemy spy – compromising her entire mission – Wren risks losing everything she’s spent years worked for. Getting back in the Queen’s good graces will require a bigger gamble than she’s ever taken before, and necessitate allying herself with the very enemy she’s sworn to defeat.

“Maybe the only difference between a monster and a hero was the colour of a soldier’s uniform”

– Wren Southerland, Down Comes The Night

🌨️🌨️🌨️🌨️ Four Stars (as rated in the snow clouds in this splendidly wintery read)

This book really grew on me. I loved the narration from the start (Kathleen McInerney deserves her own genre of the word talented) but I took a minute to connect with the story. Once things get going, though, and the mystery “intensifies,” so to speak, I was officially in it for the long haul. Just something to keep in mind if you’re on the fence about DNFing within the first 50 pages.

“You are not weak for grieving. For feeling anything.”

– Hal Cavendish, Down Comes The Night
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While I love SMG’s writing style to no end, I am honestly not sure I would have finished this one if the narration wasn’t so enchanting to listen to. Some books are just so much better when read aloud!

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book at a glance

🏳️‍🌈 Bisexual MC
💘 Enemies to Lovers
🗝️Gothic Mystery
🕯️ Slow Burn

✨ Read this book because: you want a cozy winter read with some mystery, the tiniest bit of sexual tension and a lot of politically motivated backstabbing.

✨ Content warnings: descriptive medical stuff, graphic medical trauma, gore, blood, death, death of a parent, murder, poisoning, body horror, war, violence

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Image Description: Flat lay featuring the audiobook version of Down Comes The Night as seen on the screen of an android phone. The phone is in the center of the image. To the bottom left are three brass skeleton keys on a large ring. At the top left is a wooden box of pinecones with three little rattan pumpkins. The whole scene rests on a white fleece blanket. Light brown faux fur peeks in at the top right.
about the author

Allison Saft

(The following was copied from the Author’s personal website) Allison Saft is the author of eerie and critically acclaimed romantic fantasies, Down Comes the Night and A Far Wilder Magic. 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. Allison is represented by Claire Friedman and Jessica Mileo at InkWell Management.

about the narrator

Gisela Chípe

Gisela Chipe was born in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. She can speak in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She moved to the United States at the age of eight to study voice, cello, chamber music, and theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. She’s best known for her roles in Hollywood films and television shows Graduate (TV Series) (pre-production), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) 2020 and upcoming movies The Unholy 2021.

Other books narrated by Gisela Chípe: The Actual Star, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, The Soul of A Woman, Treasure of the World, & It Is Wood, It Is Stone

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My name is Sarah and I can't imagine my life without books. Actually, I can and it's terrible. I'm also into climbing, video games and bothering the nearest cat.

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