The Book of the by Night Pearl North
The Book of the NightWhen I closed The Book of the Night, I just sat there in silence. Then I had a sense of awe at Pearl North’s imagination. This final book of the Libyrinth series changes the reader’s view of the world of the Libyrinth. Anything I may have thought reading the first book was skewed by the time I finished The Book of the Night.
Picking up from where The Boy from Ilysies left off, Po is in Ilysies as Queen Thela’s consort. The people and the land around the Libyrinth are recovering from near starvation and fire. Haly, as Redeemer, is in charge of the Libyrinth. The song is now within her; she no longer has books speaking to her randomly until she concentrates on one. Then it speaks.
Although Queen Thela commands Po’s wishes, he is able to keep his own personality and thoughts. He is able to sway her enough to keep the Libyrinth lands safe. He even is able to persuade her to be less warlike. But she will not give up her power. If she discovers what Po has done, he will probably be killed.
Haly and Gyneth are invited to Thesia to make a trade of their knowledge for metal. Instead, when they get there, a steampunk type of world has been created instead. Time has changed there, flowing differently in Thesia than in Libyrinth. Gyneth is take prisoner and Haly is sent to face down their ruler and nemesis, the Clockmaker. Haly finds more than she had ever guessed when she finally meets this formidable being.
The Book of the Night is a twisting tale that never goes where expected. There are times I put the book down just to escape its power. A couple times it drug a bit in the first half, but by the second half of the book, North had me hooked.
Fantasy? Dystopia? Future Earth? Alternate reality? Yes, yes, possibly, possibly. The Book of the Night returns to inside the Libyrinth. Once again, we hear the books talking to Haly – the piece that is missing in The Boy from Ilysies. The book passages North uses may seem random, but look at them again after finishing. They tie into the overall story more than the reader can guess the first time they are encountered.
I’ve already started recommending this trilogy now that they’re tied together. I recommend reading them together whenever possible. The Book of the Night is an outstanding conclusion to an unusual series.
Notice: Non-graphic violence, Strong language, Suggestive dialogue or situations
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