Writer: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Daphne Press
Publish Date: 7th March 2023
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hemlock Falls isn’t like other towns. You won’t find it on a map, your phone won’t work here, and the forest outside town might just kill you…
Winnie Wednesday wants nothing more than to join the Luminaries, the ancient order that protects Winnie's town―and the rest of humanity―from the monsters and nightmares that rise in the forest of Hemlock Falls every night. Ever since her father was exposed as a witch and a traitor, Winnie and her family have been shunned. But on her sixteenth birthday, she can take the deadly Luminary hunter trials and prove herself true and loyal―and restore her family's good name. Or die trying.
But in order to survive, Winnie must enlist the help of the one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnie’s ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for.
Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark.
Leadership in deed and word. Persuasion is power.
Thank you Black Crow for inducting me as a member of the Saturday clan!
The Luminaries by Susan Dennard is your next book addiction! Fans of fantasy books rejoice! The Luminaries is a dark, mysterious fantasy, very much like a rated R Twilight mixed with Brothers Grimm!
I hadn’t come across Susan in my time reviewing and didn’t quite understand the magic that she had created with this story. It turns out that the foundations of this novel were laid during lockdown on twitter with follower participation! The threads are incredible to read and it’s such a unique way to build a world. It was fantastic.
The Luminaries is an absolute triumph of a novel packed full of intriguing characters, coming of age adventures and deliciously violent fights. The main character, Winnie, is an impressively deep and interesting character who will burrow into your heart and proceed to live there throughout your read through. You will feel her emotions, bleed with her, cry with her and celebrate with her! The supporting cast will continue to bring depth throughout the novel and each has as much of a place in the novel as the others.
I really enjoyed the references to the hunters guide in the book which details the monsters, their traits, appearance and much more. I would love to see this as a supporting book. Susan has put so much thought into it that I would quite happily read it independently, there is that much detail!
The Luminaries by Susan Dennard is the birth of a new potential series that will be talked about in fantasy book circles for years to come! Jump on board now, don’t miss out!