The Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon is a Bone Season novella that takes place between book 3 & 4.

After finally escaping from captivity and torture at the hands of Scion, Paige Mahoney and her ally and confidant, Arcturus Mesarthim, have hold up in a safe house in Scion Paris. But Paige has been damaged both mentally and physically and time may not be enough to bring her back from the edge.

Within the confines of the safe-house, Paige and Arcturus begin to reconnect but after weeks of following separate paths the reunion is fraught with tension and insecurity. The two must work through their differences while waiting for their contact to tell them where they must go next to continue their fight.

I don’t normally read novellas, I just don’t tend to pick them up. But the Bone Season novels are not regularly published and there has been so much time between the third and the to be released fourth book, I decided to give it a try. And I was pleased that I did.

It was nice to get back into the Bone Season world and to remember why I liked the series in the first place. It did also make me wish that the novels would come out faster than every 2-4 years. It seems like forever since I read the last one and the series may need a re-read before the next is published.

This one gets 4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Death and Night

Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi is A Star-Touched Novella.

Every great love story has a beginning and this is the story that comes before The Star-Touched Queen. The Lord of Death, aloof and remote, ruled his kingdom with little companionship and for the most part he was content. Until the tapestry of fates showed him what was lacking in his life… a wife. But Death was cursed and doomed to live a loveless life.

Night ushered in the evening and guarded the night-time sky. She was alone and she fit in nowhere; not in the human world or in the world of the immortals. But after a chance meeting with Death, Night wondered if she could be more.

This is the story of when Night met Death.

If you’ve read my review of The Star-Touched Queen, then you will know how much I loved the story of Maya and Amar and their love that spanned lives. Death and Night is the story of how Maya and Amar, Death and Night, met and fell in love. It is full of the same flourishes and magic you find in all of Chokshi’s books. I swear, I have no idea what she is talking about half the time and yet the language just works. I don’t know if the world itself allows for this break from linguistic reason but the language itself instills magic into the work.

This was a quick, cute read. There is no excitement and none of the urgency you get in Chokshi’s other books. But this is a novella. It is meant to be light and airy and just give you more of the stories you love. It felt like a prequel to me and makes me want to go re-read or even listen to the audio book of The Star-Touched Queen.

This one gets a high 4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-