So reads the tagline on the front cover of author Marie Bilodeau‘s new novella, Nigh, which released yesterday. And people, she’s not kidding. 😯 At 57 pages long, Nigh is the first segment in a serialized novel about two worlds colliding: ours, and that of the fae. Here’s my take on it.
Why I read it
Full disclosure here: Marie and I are good friends in real life. We meet for coffee once a week to brainstorm, bellyache, angst, and–more than anything–laugh. I generally hesitate even to read friends’ books, let alone review them (what if I don’t like it? Will I ever be able to look them in the eye again???), but after hearing so much about Nigh during its creation, I was intrigued enough to take a chance. And I’m soooo glad I did!
What I liked about it
Nigh is not your run-of-the-mill fairy story, my friends. It’s dark, dangerous, and more than just a little terrifying–and it more than justifies its “dark fantasy/horror” designation. The story pulled me in from the very first page and didn’t once let go. There’s a soothing, almost seductive quality to Marie’s writing that lulls you into a sense of ordinariness, only to slam you with a new and rapidly changing reality that leaves you as breathless and reeling as the characters…over and over and over. Marie doesn’t gloss over anything, so details are vivid and graphic, and despite the fantasy aspect, they feel scarily real.
What I didn’t like about it
Um…nope. I got nothin’. I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this, apart from the fact that I have to wait for the next installment… taps foot impatiently and raises eyebrow in Marie’s direction
If you’re a fan of darker fantasy and/or horror, I cannot recommend this highly enough. Even if it will leave you waiting and wanting. Seriously. Go. Buy it now. You can thank me later. 😉
P.S. Not convinced? Marie shared an excerpt here yesterday–check it out!
P. P.S. Marie assures me the second installment is on its way shortly, so the wait won’t even be that long. Yay! 😀