Everyone is not as they seem in this fantasy novel, replete with war, witchcraft and secrets.
Christophor Morden lives by night. His day-brother, Alexsander, knows only the sun. They are two souls in a single body, in a world where identities change with the rising and setting of the sun. Night-brother or day-sister, one never sees the light, the other knows nothing of the night.
Early one evening, Christophor is roused by a call to the city prison. A prisoner has torn his eyes out and cannot say why. Yet worse: in the sockets that once held his eyes, teeth are growing. The police suspect the supernatural, so Christophor, a member of the king’s special inspectorate, is charged with finding the witch responsible.
Night-by-night, Christophor’s investigation leads him ever further from home, toward a backwards village on the far edge of the kingdom. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more his day-brother’s actions frustrate him. Who is Alexsander protecting? What does he not want Christophor to discover?
And all the while, an ancient and apocalyptic ritual creeps closer to completion…
PUBLICATION DATE: 12th MAY 2022
This was such a fascinating book.
The concept of day and night siblings really sparked my interest. What would happen if the day and night siblings wanted different lives? What if they hated sharing the same body? How much of the sibling’s day/night was the other sibling aware of?
Of course, every sibling relationship is different. The reader, however, learns the intricacies of this relationship through siblings Christophor (night) and Alexsander (day).
The night brother is a witch catcher, the day brother is a fun-loving musician with an eye for the ladies and alcohol.
Their lives are forced to change when Christophor is charged with catching a witch in a southern village. A war is brewing too and this village is close to the border. The king wants the witch found quickly – and thus we begin our story.
The story is told through the perspectives of both brothers. One has an uncanny knowledge of the occult. A ritual is beginning – he can sense it. The other is doing as he always does – having fun… that is until he becomes involved with one of the villagers who has a connection to the case. This dilemma is at the heart of the story – and is what held my attention the whole way through.
The dark magic is interesting – and might I add – there are some particularly gruesome scenes. Yes, this is certainly a fantasy/horror mashup. Not for the faint hearted. This witch is evil and the ritual being enacted involves some horrific deaths.
The build up is methodical, clues come thick and fast, and I thought I knew where we were heading, however, the ending did throw up a few twists which I really enjoyed.
I’d certainly recommend this book for those who like dark magic, evil witches, and hardened detectives. Think Sherlock Holmes if he lived in a land where witch craft was actually possible.
I’d also add that this is a stand-alone book. So if you are looking for something pacey, a bit different, and not part of a huge series, this is for you.
Thanks for reading!
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