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About the Book
by Jodi Meadows
Published by Holiday House Books
Released on January 11, 2022
Young Adult Fantasy
CONTENT WARNINGS (mild spoilers): Nightrender deals heavily in themes of grief, as one of the main characters/perspectives we are in often mentions and laments over the untimely death of his brother.
Other warnings: blood, death of characters both on page and off, and emotional manipulation.
Kingdoms will fall, gods will die, and hearts will be broken in this sprawling new fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Meadows.
In the middle of nothingness is the continent of Salvation.
Reality bends easily here. Villages disappear. Forests burn forever. Pockets of inconsistent time are everywhere, their boundaries strung with yellow ribbon. And the three kingdoms of Salvation have been at war for a thousand years.
But the greatest threat is the Malice, an incursion from the demon plane slowly tearing its way through the world’s weakest seams. Seams that–once split–will lead to the total unraveling of night and day, light and dark, life and death.
Not that the human world takes much interest. Of more concern is the upcoming marriage of Rune Highcrown, Prince of Caberwill, and Johanne Fortuin, Princess of Embria–the serpent bride, a girl of famous cunning–which offers a possible end to the ancient conflict. But Rune has noticed the growing darkness, and he is determined to summon mankind’s only defense: Nightrender, the hammer of the gods, an immortal warrior more weapon than girl.
There is only one problem. The last time she was summoned, she slaughtered every royal in Salvation, and no one knows why. Will she save humanity from the Malice… or plunge it deeper into the fires of eternal war?
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This book was the YA Fantasy I’ve been needing. As someone in a reading slump the past couple of months (mostly due to being in my third trimester), I’ve struggled with YA fantasy especially. This one definitely got me out of that.
Nightrender is a dark mystical warrior who was created in order to protect the people but when she is summoned after four hundred years many things have changed. She used to be revered and celebrated but this time she is feared and she does not understand why. As she starts piecing the past together she realizes that something is very very wrong and that what she did to the people during the last incursion was unforgiveable. She is a dark and intimidating woman and I liked that the most about her. She knows her purpose and what she was created to do. I really liked her character.
Rune is the kind-hearted spare heir who carries the guilt of his brother’s assassination with him every day. Since his brother’s murder he has fought to prove himself to his parents which becomes even harder to do when he summons the Nightrender behind their backs. He’s the only one who is taking the impending Incursion seriously and he will do whatever it takes to protect his people, even if his parents are in denial. Rune is my favorite character. I really like the vulnerability he brings to the story. He is brave in standing up for what he thinks is right even if it may cost him the kingdom.
Hanne is not the most reliable or relatable of the three POV’s we get in this story. She’s very cold and calculated. She’s been betrothed to Rune in order to create an alliance between two of the three kingdoms but Rune and his royal parents have no idea what she’s really planning to do once the marriage and alliance is secured. What she doesn’t plan for is what happens when she’s threatened by the darkest of creatures and if she doesn’t do what the Rancor says then all will peril. I thought her character was a good contrast to Rune. She is definitely not the most likeable and you can’t ever be sure exactly what she’ll do.
This is a fast-paced YA fantasy with an intriguing concept. I thought the three POV’s we got throughout the story was well done and I could easily differentiate between each voice. I enjoyed the story and can’t wait for book two.
I loved Before She Ignites and this one definitely didn’t disappoint. It gets you right into the action and keeps you engaged from beginning to end. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a good YA Fantasy!
About the Author
Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy, the ORPHAN QUEEN Duology, the FALLEN ISLES Trilogy (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and the NIGHTRENDER duology (Holiday House). She is also a coauthor of New York Times bestsellers MY LADY JANE, MY PLAIN JANE, and other books in the Lady Janies series (HarperTeen). She lives in rural Virginia. Visit her at http://www.jodimeadows.com