Book Review of A Night of Wings and Starlight by Alexis L Menard

A Night of Wings and Starlight by Alexis L. Menard is her debut novel and the first book in the dark fantasy series, Eternal Night.

A Night of Wings and Starlight is set in a world of permanent night. Queen Eivor and her kingdom lives inside a mountain, safe from the world outside. Our main character, Arya, is training to be a Runner — one of the Queen’s few Chosen messengers who run across the wasteland carrying messages to the various cities throughout the realm of Valdihr. These missions are incredibly dangerous, with the world full of monsters and vampyres who will kill the messengers if they are caught. But women are never chosen. Finally, Arya is chosen for a mission (a few weeks after her best friend, Loren, is chosen and dies on his first mission), and will be able to run outside for the first time.

A Night of Wings and Starlight is available on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback, and is available to read on Kindle Unlimited. Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads list too!

My review

I really love the world that Alexis has created. It feels very original and fresh — it isn’t something I’ve come across in fantasy before! I thought that Alexis explained the world very well too, without any ‘info dumping’ and long explanations. I still had a few questions (such as how food production is affected) but overall I think it was really interesting and worked well.

I really liked Arya — I love strong female characters and she is really well-written. I especially loved the sections where she talks about running and why she loves it. I’m sure that Alexis must also be a fan herself! Arya is quite sarcastic, slow to trust and athletic. She is a little clueless though (it was immediately obvious to me that Loren views her as more than just a sister!).

I would have liked this book to be a little longer — at around 250 pages, there was definitely space for this to have more depth on the characters, and give them more time to breathe. The romance felt quite rushed, and some of Arya’s decisions were not really explained so didn’t always make sense. I understand impulsive characters (I am one myself!) but I wanted some detail about why she made the decisions she did.

The story was really fast-paced, and was a real page turner. It kept me on my toes throughout with enough twists to keep me interested, and I really enjoyed it. The ending is very open and left me wanting more. I’d definitely like to read more books in this world and find out more about the gods, and what happens next. I enjoyed the writing style and overall this was a fun read.

Alexis has just released a second book in the Eternal Night series, A Deal With Darkness, which is set 200 years in the future and I am excited to read that one next! (Read my review of A Deal With Darkness here.)

About A Night of Wings and Starlight

Breaking the curse will risk her heart, her life, and the future she never thought possible.

Before Arya was Chosen, she knew nothing of what lay waiting in the eternal night—certainly not alluring yet arrogant winged Watchers, a cursed queen, nor the possibility that she could be more than a runner, carrying messages through the vampyre-infested wastelands of Valdihr.

But the biggest surprise waiting in the dark is the brazen Watcher who sparks her heart and calls her a Huntress.

A hundred years shrouded in darkness and Arya is the only one who can finally bring back the dawn. With a blessing that marks her for death and an infuriatingly tantalizing man at her side, Arya must embrace her calling and her courage in order to face the danger lurking in the shadows. Because the night holds more than just secrets, and the monsters are closer than she realizes.

Alexis L MenardAbout the author, Alexis L. Menard

Alexis is a registered nurse based out of Louisiana where she lives with her husband, toddler, and two oversized dogs. She enjoys long walks through the Renaissance Fair, reading smutty romance into the dark hours of the night, and wine nights with her “Finer Things Club.” She hopes to enrich the lives of her readers with worlds they can both escape in and take with them long after the final chapter.

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