Night’s End by Yasmine Galenorn ARC Review

Cicely, now the Queen of Snow and Ice, must band together with foe and friend to defeat Myst once and for all.

I liked how the story began with a brief preface rather than a long prologue. I also appreciated that it didn’t take very long for the action to begin. Cicely learns there is a spy in her court, someone leaking information to Myst. Right after this, Shadow Hunters (vampiric fae) attack in Cicely’s Winter realm.

In chapter two, everything comes to a dead stop with a long section of backstory. I would have preferred for the information to be dropped into the story later in small chunks, but if this needed to be there, it might as well have gone all the way up to the current novel rather than stopping in the beginning of the first book. Yes, it would have been a little longer, but it was already long enough. Another page or so wouldn’t have mattered. That would have helped people who may have missed a book or two.

After this, there aren’t any major interruptions in the story. The pacing is good the rest of the way through. At first, Cicely’s efforts revolve around testing all of her friends and guards to see if any of them are the spy.

Meanwhile, Myst has launched a full-scale attack. Not only does the town of New Forest get hit hard by Shadow Hunters, other places start experiencing it as well. Myst will not stop until she has brought the entire world into a new ice age, and it seems she’d prefer if most humans were dead before that even happens.

Cicely and Rhiannon, her cousin, organize troops to combat the Shadow Hunters. Cicely and Rhiannon’s husbands Grieve and Chatter, the vampires, their other friends, and Cicely’s paternal grandfather all assist in saving the townspeople. Cicely is also working on finding a way to kill Myst.

I liked how Cicely and Rhiannon didn’t let the guards do all the fighting for them. They were willing to take chances and weren’t high and mighty. They still retained their desire to do whatever it takes to protect innocents, including getting their own hands bloody.

I didn’t particularly like how the issue of the spy was dealt with. It seemed that the person who was the spy should have been someone closer to Cicely because that is how the snow hag made it seem. Plus, I have never heard of menial workers being considered part of a queen’s court. Furthermore, the issue of the spy was such a big part of the first half of the book that I feel like it was resolved too simply and too quickly. It was a lot of setup and only a tiny bit of resolution.

I enjoyed how Cicely got the hang of the special way to communicate with the snow hag, a Wilding Fae. She really grows into her role as queen. I’m not sure if that is a good thing, but at least she shows change.

The ending of the book was satisfying. However, I wished it hadn’t had the epilogue that takes us twenty-five years into the future. I would have preferred if I had been allowed to imagine my own future for Cicely, Grieve, and the others.

At the end of the ARC, there was a list of characters and descriptions of each. I felt this was unnecessary. If you read the book, you should know who each person is.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Night’s End. It wouldn’t have been a fair review if I hadn’t mentioned the things I felt could have been better. That doesn’t mean it was bad by any means. I liked it enough that I would read this book again.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary fantasy with a strong romantic element. I’m hesitant to call it urban fantasy (although that’s how it’s categorized) because it’s not urban. It’s set partially in rural Washington. The rest of the time is spent in other realms.

The reader should be prepared for explicit sex, infidelity, and lots of swear words. This is not a book for children, teens, or prudes! As long as that doesn’t bother you, you should read the Indigo Court series, ideally starting with the first book, Night Myst.

I’m looking forward to reading more from Yasmine Galenorn.