*I received an e-ARC of Down Comes the Night in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press for giving me an opportunity to read this book!
Today, I’m excited to post my review for Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft! This book popped up on my radar for 2021 books that looked super appealing to me, so when I got an email saying I was approved for an e-ARC, I *may* have muted myself and turned off my webcam during a work meeting and did a happy dance around the apartment.
Wren Southerland has finally found some freedom from the Order of the Maiden as one of the top healers in the Queen’s Guard, however that freedom is limited and short-lived when a moment of compassion leads to her immediate suspension. Her future looks bleak, until she receives a message from an eccentric lord living in the neutral country of Cernos, asking for help healing his friend in exchange for an alliance that could permanently end the war between Wren’s country Danu, and the neighbouring Vesria.
Once she arrives at Colwick Hall however, she discovers that this “friend” is none other than her country’s sworn enemy, Hal Cavendish. Soon, they both find themselves caught in a plot that could destroy both of their countries if they don’t stop it.
This book started a little slow for me. A lot of information is given within the first few chapters that can be slightly overwhelming at first as you’re starting to learn about the world and the characters. However, the minute Wren makes it to Cernos, I was captivated! Down Comes the Night was at times creepy and thrilling, and I often got actual chills while Wren explored Colwick Hall. Saft does a fantastic job setting up all the story’s twists and turns and created characters that really bury themselves into your heart.
At the start of the book, I really didn’t care for Wren and found her to be a little annoying. However, she quickly became a favourite of mine as she starts relying on herself instead of others and takes control of her own path. She is witty and smart and I loved that she turned to science to improve her healing skills, rather than just focusing on the religious aspect of her magic. She follows her gut and recognizes her mistakes, but most importantly, she doesn’t hide who she is or try to change herself in her quest to gain approval from her superiors. I especially loved her interactions with Hal and reading about her inner moral debates as she starts to realize he might not be quite the monster she initially thought he was.
This book has everything you could ask for: action, mystery, and a slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers romance that you just can’t help but root for from the get-go! Down Comes the Night comes out on March 2, 2021 and I highly recommend you watch out for this book next year! Click here to add it on Goodreads. You can pre-order the book on Indigo, Amazon, or from your local independent bookstore!