They Mostly Come Out at Night by Benedict Patrick

Summary

He locked himself away from the dark, but in the Magpie King’s forest nowhere is safe…

Lonan is an outcast, accused of letting the monsters that stalk the night into the homes of his fellow villagers. Now, he will not rest until he wins back the heart of his childhood love and reclaims the life that was stolen from him. However, locked safely in his cellar at night, in his dreams Lonan finds himself looking through the eyes of a young prince…

Adahy has a destiny, and it terrifies him. How can he hope to live up to the legend of the Magpie King, to become the supernatural protector of the forest and defender of his people? But when the forest is invaded by an inhuman force, Adahy must rise to this challenge or let the Wolves destroy his people.

Watching these events unfold in his sleep, Lonan must do what he can to protect his village from this new threat. He is the only person who can keep his loved ones from being stolen away after dark, and to do so he will have to earn back their trust or watch the monsters kill everyone that he holds dear.

They Mostly Come Out At Night is a Dark Fantasy novel from Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld series. If you like Neil Gaiman and Patrick Rothfuss then you will love this captivating, dangerous world in which ordinary people struggle to find their place in a land ruled by stories.

Start reading today to discover this epic tale of dreams, fables and monsters!

Characters

I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the characters, except for maybe Adahy. Lonan is a redeemable character (by the end but I loathed him in the beginning), but this entire colorful spread of characters are not easy to like. However, this gives them all a special charm. It matches them as brooding and gloomy as the setting of the book. The characters feel like they are straight out of a folklore or fairytale – all of them. They are steeped in a world as varied and dark as they are.

I did not love this book for its characters, but they were well rounded and well written. On second thought, I did like Mother Ogma all the way through.

Plot

This is a story within a story within a story and it is amazing! So, I’ll admit it didn’t start out that way. It like putting together a puzzle where you don’t know what the picture is. You do the outside, then you build it in until the picture starts to become clear. Once that happens you go screaming through the rest of the puzzle (or in this case a book) until you put all together. That is what They Mostly Come Out at Night did. It takes about halfway for you to realize that all the pieces the author has been slowly handing you fit together.

It is one of the cleverest plots I’ve read in a long time. It isn’t often that I miss a major plot twist and this book has tons. The setting also has a surreal spookiness to it. Some parts are dark but others make you want to sleep with the light on. I don’t like horror at all, it doesn’t delve that deep but there is for sure a haunting quality to the novel.

Overall

If you love fables/fairytales, the darker Grimm versions, you will love this. I was hooked about half of the way through when an offhanded comment by one of the characters made me realize something more was going on. Good luck figuring it out even knowing a head of time that this author is clever. The chapters are constructed to bounce back and forth between a true fairytale style story and a more fantasy based story. They meld together in an ending one normally doesn’t seek but finds fitting.

Rating

5 Stars

I love it. This is a must read. Don’t read it for the characters, read it for the plot. The author does and amazing job weaving a story that will leave you pondering for days afterward. I will for sure be on the lookout for more books by this author and I can say Benedict Patrick has a lifelong fan out of me!

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