Review: Eternal Night by Alayna Ravenwood (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Eternal Night

Author: Alayna Ravenwood

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: September 2, 2016

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this book for review from NetGalley.

A dark secret lies in her past. A magical world exists just out of reach. A hidden destiny awaits her.

After a tragic murder and year of lost memories, Anna finds her world shrouded in mystery. Only the elusive Blake seems to have any answers, but pursuing his knowledge takes Anna down a dangerous path. As she begins to unlock pieces of the puzzle, she gets closer and closer to wanting someone she can’t have while unlocking a dormant power she isn’t sure she can control.

Nightfall Academy is only the beginning of a world of deceit, lust, and vengeance. Learning you are part of an ancient race of mages and falling for a dark prince are nothing compared to what Anna’s future holds. If she can handle the power in her blood, she may reunite a lost realm with its past.

And our world could get caught in the crossfire.

There are few things I enjoy more than finding a good “hidden gem” read, and this book was just that. I stumbled across this title whilst scrolling through NetGalley aimlessly. Like most of the books I pick up, the cover caught my eye. I was looking for something along the lines of fantasy or something paranormal, and the title Eternal Night seemed promising.

This book definitely delivered. The world building in this book is great, in my opinion. Nothing too overly complicated (my usual downfall with fantasy) but the actual structures of the different societies were all very unique and had their own complexities. I do want to see these world building skills continue to be used as the series progresses, as I feel like there is a lot of room to grow and explain things further.

At first, I was a bit overwhelmed with the “who’s who” aspect of things, as the cast of characters is pretty decently sized. Once I got myself oriented, it was all good. I thought that each character had their own personality, and nobody seemed to run together in my head. Everyone had their own motivations to do the things that they do, whether or not those motivations seemed clear at the time or not.

I will say that I wasn’t completely sold on the romance. It went a little “0 to 100” for my tastes, with teenagers proclaiming that they would die for each other. Honestly, I wish that the romance would have taken more of a back seat, and that the main “powers/world in trouble” story line would have been focused on more.

I give this title a solid four out of five, and I’m looking forward to picking up the next book in the series when it comes out!

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