I finally have my review for These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden, if you’ve been here for a while then you will have seen me mention this author quite a lot as I’ve read the first three books in the Outlands Pentalogy (I will link my reviews below). A massive thank you to Rebecca for sending me a copy to read and review. This is definitely my favourite book of the year so far. This author is so underrated and I just wish that more people would start to pick up her books as she is blowing my mind.
Let’s jump in…
Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suriias, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.
War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.
Orphans Thorn and Thistle live in hiding. They are the last of their families, the last of their friends. They scrape by, stealing to survive and living on the streets or hiding in sheds. But even under the brutal regime of the Suriias, there are places where humans can mingle in secret with magical sympathisers, and one night Thistle gets an unexpected offer of marriage from a Suriia with high standing and friends in all the right places. For Thistle, it’s a chance at safety and comfort; for Thorn, it’s a chance to find the ones who killed her parents.
And so the pair move into the capital city of Courtenz. An urban monstrosity of magic and might, false friends and flying cars, drones and death tolls, the new city promises a fresh start – and new love – for both.
But if there’s one thing Thorn knows for certain, it’s that dreams can swiftly turn into nightmares.
I finished this book over a week ago yet I’ve been struggling to write a review as I don’t think I will be able to do it justice.
I just want to point out that the cover of this book doesn’t show how fantastical it is.
I have never been more in love with a group of characters than I have in this book!
Thorn’s determination is admirable even though her decisions due to her stubborn nature did make me cry like a baby on several occasions. Kol, oh Kol I did fall for him which doesn’t normally happen to me, yes he isn’t perfect but who is? I absolutely loved the slow and cautious relationship that was created between him and thorn.
Thistle, Thorn’s best friend who she spent most of her life trying to protect was the weakest character for me, she didn’t seem to have much of a personality.
Lucien who we meet about halfway through the book showed so much compassion to his ever growing pack, I loved the family that he created.
The world building in this book was really special, it was so intricate. There were times I was a little confused later on in the book however I absolutely loved the world that the author created, it was so vividly described.
This plot went in a direction which I didn’t expect but in the best possible way, I’m not going to go into detail as I would love for you to experience it for yourself.
I read this book over the space of a month, not just because it’s a big boy but because I really wanted to take my time and enjoy it. I believe that this is a standalone but I would absolutely love to read more set in this world with the characters I’ve become attached too.
(If I could give this more than 5 stars I would!)
What has been your best book of the year so far?
See you in the next one…