Book Review: Night's Reign

I had the pleasure of reading Night's Reign before it was officially released, and to be honest, it was like welcoming an old friend, because I started reading Night's Reign while Daan was writing it and sharing it chapter by chapter on his website.

Now that the e-book is available to purchase, I am excited to share more about this book with you all.

Book Blurb:

A floundering priest. A woman in a wheelchair. An ancient curse.

On the run from a cursed king and his army of assassins, priest Niels Bosch seeks sanctuary in rural Briscona. What he gets is a barrage of intimate and unsettling questions from his new cantor, Beldenka Nadinov. Questions he can’t risk answering.

Accompanied by his friend and bodyguard Mikhandor, and Bel’s protector Leks, the pair set out to challenge the mad king. But Bel has a dark secret of her own – a secret that could endanger the entire mission.

When Niels unearths the chilling truth and realises there’s much more at stake than just his life, it’s too late to turn back. He must lift the curse and end Night’s reign forever.

This is literary fantasy fiction and is a gem in it's rarity of style. Most fantasy novels (my own included) are typically plot-based, meaning the book follows a plotline, a mission is set upon, a goal is set to be achieved, and the novel narrates the journey with less emphasis on character- development. But Night's Reign is character based. There is still a very clear plot, but the plot in and of itself is not so important as the development of the characters themselves and their interactions with each other.

I have to give Daan Katz props for world development as well. He does an incredible job of building the world around his characters without just diving into excessive exposition. For me, the only part that became a bit drawn out were a couple of the background narratives explaining the motives of some of the characters, but in the end, we learn so much more about the characters and those narratives just further build the world(s) these character's journey through.

In the end, with so much suspense building up to the breaking of the curse, the ultimate conclusion had me on the edge of my seat and nicely surprised, if not a little caught off guard.

I offer high praise for Night's Reign and recommend it for every fantasy fan. This is a perfect first book in what is likely to be a fantastic series that you will want in your collection.

You can purchase this e-book here: Night's Reign on Amazon

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