Yikers! If that ain't an attention-grabbing book blurb, then I don't know what is. Then, to top off the blurb, take a look at that cover. Isn't it just gorgeous? There is a beautiful darkness to this cover which fits this story perfectly, and believe me, the story is just as fantastic as the cover leads you to believe.
Court of Nightfall is Book One in a new series by the fabulous writing husband/wife duo Karpov Kinrade.
Ever since I read the The Hunger Games series years ago, I have been fascinated with stories with strong female main characters, and this just so happens to be that kind of book. For the most part, SCI-FI dystopian novels tend to be dominated by male leads, so find a story that embraces female strength AND gives us that dystopian feel we crave is a treasure. .
To begin, the story is told in first person from Scarlett Night's point of view. Ever since she was young, she has dreamed of becoming a pilot, much like her father, but being born colorblind makes this dream of hers nearly an impossibility. Still, she is determined not to let that stop her.
But in what is supposed to be a day of celebration--passing the flight test--turns into tragedy and her world is turned upside down. Everything she believed or knew to be true, becomes shattered and rearranged, and it is during this time that Scarlett goes from seeing the world in shades of grey to seeing it as it is meant to be.
Only, something more than her reality and vision has changed--SHE has changed. As pieces of who she is falls becomes clear, she also realizes just how dangerous a secret she keeps. No one can know.
This secret is big.
This secret can change everything.
This secret is dangerous.
This secret is freakin' amazing!
Without spilling spoilers all over the place (which I hate about reviews), let's just imagine, if you will, a future where people with paranormal abilities are ridiculed for being different. Killed even. Envision Angels. Imagine vampire-like creatures. Imagine a world with advanced technology. Imagine an entity that controls everything and rules over everyone. Imagine not knowing which side is good and which side evil. Imagine not knowing who your friends are and who are not.
Imagine meeting a grandfather you never knew existed for the very first time.
This is what Scarlett faces all while trying to figure her place amid it all.
The world building is incredible and it always amazes me when someone can create a world so completely different than the one I know and live in. My brain just doesn't work that way, and it impresses me every time. Scarlett is a strong character who will empathize with from page one, and the secondary characters are incredibly well-written. I can picture distinct characters and each has their own voice--not always an easy task.
There is a lot more to this story than book one can possibly cover, and I am intrigued to see where it will go, but even though this is book one in a series, don't let that turn you away. Book one can stand on it's own, though you will finish reading it wanting to know more.
I can' see how you wouldn't.
If you at all enjoyed The Hunger Games, then I highly suggest giving this book a read. There are a lot of similarities between Scarlett and Katniss, and THAT is a good thing.