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There are basically two main storylines woven together in this book - the story of the outcast villager, Lonan and the story he dreams which revolves around the world of the Magpie King, a figure who is both real and almost of mythic proportion to the villagers. The world the story takes place in feels very isolated, with small settlements or villages scattered throughout a dark forest. Travel has become increasingly risky as being out after sunset is basically a death sentence. As the title of the book implies, there are monsters that mostly come out at night. The villages are under the protection (and governance) of the Magpie King who rules from the Eyrie, however with travel so risky, communication has basically fallen apart and there is almost no contact from the Eyrie to the village.
In addition, each of the chapters is interspersed with fantastic little stories, often about the history of the Magpie King or the many tales of Artemis the Sly, a trickster figure. The little vignette stories are a great way to build the backstory of the history and culture of the world.
Overall I thought this was a very good story. It's a little too far to the horror side for my usual picks, but I still enjoyed it.Read more ›
So just what is this story about? With as much fantasy, supernatural, dark fiction, and even a little adventure, I would honestly say this is a coming of age book. It’s a story about a boy who must become a man. About a man who desires to win the love of his life and about a man who must realize his destiny. There are actually multiple stories in this book and they tie together very well.
They Mostly Come Out at Night is every dark fantasy reader’s dream. Its creepy and gives you the chills but in such a way that makes you want to keep reading more and more. I think Patrick is a splendid author and his way with words is very unique. Every word is deliberate and has meaning to it. I knew when I should feel creeped out—which I did—I knew when I should feel empathetic and even overwhelmed, as some of the characters were. There were parts that were heart-pounding, some were exciting, some were even tender and sweet. But overall, this was a well written book worth anyone’s attention.
This is somewhat of an underdog story. There are monsters that lurk beyond Lonan’s village and he is accused of letting them inside. Not only does he have to clear his name, but Lonan is faced with a new threat. He must find a way to protect the ones he loves most and win back the trust of his village. This is a story that tests friendships and family bonds, it shows you what you’re worth when tough times come. Who can you trust when people begin disappearing in the night?
I loved the style of writing in this book. It read like an old fable or folktale, as if Patrick had been born in the wrong era.Read more ›
The main thing I enjoyed about this book was the format, it switches between different viewpoints to keep you interested and inbetween you get little folk tales which fitted perfectly with the story but also broke up the reading making it flow and easy to digest. The way the book was paced was honestly the reason I read it so quickly and enjoyed it so thoroughly
Adahy has to be my favourite character, and the tale that unfolds towards the end surprised me. I knew something was coming but didn’t quite get it before the author gave you the twist in the tale.
I love fantasy and this is no exception, it dark, fast paced, creepy and wild
Another thing that really made it interesting for me was the “knack” the villagers possessed, each individual gaining their own skill to benefit their village. This really came in useful for the story when learning about Lonan and his story.. Although it’s fantasy I felt it was real, you really felt for him
The ending did not disappoint one bit, it gave me just what I was hoping for.. When I put the book down the only thing I could think to say was “Wow”
For me this book ticked everything and the way it was written made it fresh and easy to read. Usually when i read at night I might only read a couple chapters before I get too tired but with this I was so drawn in.. it flowed so well that I just kept going
I won’t spoil the plot for you but this story weaves two people's lives into one with a very surprising and interesting twist.
Anyone who likes dark fantasy will enjoy this no doubt, any lover of fantasy in general also.. come to think of it anyone who just enjoys a dark tale, like the Brothers Grimm, not every story has a happy ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book just would not let me put it down! The story was so captivating, I wanted it to just not end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by underredskies
This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed the format--chapters spliced with folktales--and found it, in general, to be refreshingly different. Read more
Great introductory book I look forward to more in this genre. Lonan and his efforts to save the village, despite their hostility, is a theme that resonates so much in everyone's... Read morePublished 8 months ago by des downey
I don’t think I’ve ever agonised over a rating this much.
First up, the bad. Lonan. The lead protagonist. For the first third of the book, I despised him. Read more
This book pretty much has it all: A compelling story, great characters you can emphasize with, some fascinating ideas, and excellent writing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Adam Sparks
A cracking read, looking forward to more from this author very readable with the right balance of pace and description . Read morePublished 10 months ago by craig whittaker
I am not usually a fan of this genre however that has definitely been rectified - great read, already recommended to my fellow reading buddies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mary Donnelly
Quite a interesting read. This book certainly shares a bond with old school poetry and takes. Fairy good characters with well written action. Read morePublished 11 months ago by steven
A young man tries to save his people from the monsters (which come out at night), in this multi-layered, dark-ish fantasy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by @IngeniousCat
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