Book Review: The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt

To achieve the incredible, she must attempt the impossible

All her life, Alice has been haunted by visions of birds. But when the mysterious Crowley appears at Alice’s door, he reveals she’s been seeing nightjars – the miraculous birds which guard our souls. And a shadowy faction wants to use her rare gift to hunt the magically gifted.

Forced to go on the run, Alice follows Crowley to an incredible alternate London, to hone her talents. But can she trust him? Alice must risk everything as she navigates a dangerous world of magic, marvels and death cults.

What I Thought:

Although it’s taken me ages to write up my review of The Nightjar, I actually read the book last year and I think I’d have to say it was one of my books of the year.

After going on and on about my dodgy relationship with Fantasy novels, it turns out that what could probably be classed as Urban Fantasy really appeals to me – in essence, books with a fantasy theme, but with some connection to the real world, or an approximation of it.

This book exactly fits that bill, as we meet Alice in contemporary London just as Crowley turns up on her doorstep wanting to show her an alternate London, and that the visions of birds she’s had all her life are real. Alice really has it tough in this book! She goes through situations that require huge strength of character, and she deals with the revelations about her and the trouble that comes with them in a level-headed way. I really liked her as a main character.

The premise is original and weaves into the story well, while the world in the alternate London, and the mythology surrounding it, are described really well – no worries about getting lost in it all as there are even family trees!

There’s a really soft spot in me for good book boyfriends, and Crowley is an excellent book boyfriend – brooding, but loyal and with hidden depths – just perfect, and I look forward to reading more about him in the second book in the series, which is due to be out next year.

The Nightjar is published by Pan.

To find out more about Deborah Hewitt and her work, you can check out her website. Alternatively, you can connect with her on Twitter.

Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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