Beware of the Night by Jessika Fleck

Author Jessika Fleck
Title Beware of the Night
Genre fantasy, ya
Number of pages 320
Published March 12th, 2019 by Swoon Reads


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Synopsis

On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, peace and harmony, and a thriving economy. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits.


Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking work and imposing rules. Her close friendship with Nico is Veda’s one saving grace in a cruel world where the division between her people and the ruling Dogio is as wide and winding as the canals that snake through their island.

But when Veda’s grandfather is chosen as the next sacrificial offering to keep the sun’s favor, Veda is forced to see the injustice of her world. Turning away from the sun means she must join the night—and an underground revolution she’s been taught to fear all her life.

Review

People on the island of Bellona are divided between two classes: Dogio - they are upper class, soldiers and rulers & Basso - oppressed one, living in poverty and forced to follow the rules.  They worship the Sun, including offering lives in Offering in hopes that the Sun will protect them from the Night. People of Night come in the cloak of the night, kidnap people, ravage the homes.

We follow the life of Veda, seeming ordinary girl, Basso, living with her grandfather Poppy. She is hard working but loves to break rules sometimes. Her best friend is her total opposite. Nico is from Dogio family, that is very powerful and he will soon follow in their steps. Their friendship is unusually, but saving grace for both of them. 

One night, after being out in the dark, they are both almost caught. Veda barely escapes, with help of Dorian. He takes her underground to the place when Night people live. The experience opens her eyes, to what is really going on. 

I love the world described, it is so interesting and well developed. The island just jumps from the pages, there are different classes, religious beliefs, politics, two opposing forces and it's just so good. :) The story starts slow, with a bit of world-building, there are lots of unexpected twists and turns and it's soo good. :)

Characters jump from the pages. My favorite was Poppy and Dorian. Poppy is just the sweetest man and Dorian is full of surprises. Who I didn't like is Nico, something about him just annoyed me. :)

Highly recommend to fantasy lovers. :)


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Anie


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Comments

  1. Great review! This sounds very well written with likeable characters! Glad you liked it! :)

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