Blurb: As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise–demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards–symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.
Review: Finally! A truly inspired fantasy worth reading. This book has a beautifully crafted, unique world that is easy to get lost in. It and the incredible characters are well articulated so it is easy to see what it is you are reading. There is a lot that this book needs to cover to get the series going, so there are a few parts that may seem a bit slow, but are more than worth it to get to the really good stuff, of which there is lots.
The characters are wonderful, fully rounded personalities. Each having their unique talents that we get to see germinate and grow through this book. I liked that we got to watch that growth. It is done in a way that we see all the important parts along the way without it becoming tedious or repetitive. It stays interesting all the way through.
I am absolutely digging this world and all the different parts and possibilities with it. Magic of this style, with the wards and the actual work and learning that goes into the different talents of our main characters, is exactly the kind of thing I love in a really good fantasy book. Nothing is free and easy. It takes time and effort to be truly great at it.
After reading this first book, as a reader, you know there is so much more to come and you are anxious to devour it.