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They Mostly Come Out at Night

(Yarnsworld #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,774 ratings  ·  337 reviews
Are you scared of the dark?

#1 Bestseller in Folklore
Top 10 in Fantasy
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The villagers of the forest seal themselves in their cellars at night, whispering folktales to each other about the monsters that prey on them in the dark. Only the Magpie King, their shadowy, unseen protector, can keep t
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published June 16th 2016 by Benedict Patrick
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James Tivendale
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, fantasy
Reading They Mostly Come Out at Night was my fourth time venturing into Patrick's enchanting, fantastical and haunting Yarnsworld. His stories are as enriching as they are captivating with stunning imagery, likeable lead characters and they are extremely addictive. They Mostly Come Out at Night has been my favourite reading experience that Patrick has presented me so far and I consider him as one of my favourite self-published authors alongside Rob J. Hayes.

They Mostly Come Out at Night is pres
There are many things to like in this the first novel of the Yarnsworld series, as many as there are to dislike.

The things I like the most are actually linked to how the book was constructed. One chapter following the story's timeline, one chapter giving us a little folktale of the world, hence enriching our experience of the narrative. But, haven't those little folktales been blatantly taken from Native American folklore and changed only the minimum to fit this new place Patrick has created? Yo
Laura Hughes
Review to come on Fantasy-Faction! For now, suffice to say I *loved* this book, and can't wait to read more Yarnsworld awesomeness from Benedict Patrick. ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I DNF-ed this book after three chapters because of the disappointing quality of the writing. I heard so many good things about this that I imagined the author to be the next Robin Hobb. I guess my expectations where way to high and I put myself up for disappointment.

The first chapter is like the recipe for mediocre fantasy: an infodump on what the starting situation for the hero is like, his background and relationships with people, hidden under a little bit of plot. It does seem like the author
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of stand-alones
Recommended to Michael by: Marielle Ooms-Voges

I really enjoyed this. It's a stand-alone and that is pretty rare these days. This is the dark fantasy folk-lore tale of the Magpie King. The people are afraid to leave their homes at night because of the giant wolves that roam their forest. But the Magpie King will protect them, won't he?

This is a short story that contains lots of other short stories within it. There are a number of dream-sequences that help you to understand what is going on. The people of the village have their own sk
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ooh, I love a fairytale. Most of my earliest memories involve them, most notably in the form of my grandmother reading them out loud to me and adjusting the endings to some of the more gruesome stories on the fly (she was a bit squeamish, my gran).

In They Mostly Come Out at Night, Patrick has taken the tried and tested Hero’s Journey format, given it a twist, and interspersed it with morality stories that fill in the world’s background and culture. This makes for very interesting reading, as we
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anne by: Liz
Shelves: own-copy, fantasy
Here's a case where the cover and the story go together like a raw sausage and a hot pan. I mean, I think this cover is just sublime, and without building up any tension towards my rating this time: so was the book.


Let me start with a few words about the world building (most of them copied from 'A Word from the Author' at the end of the book). This story (or actually, it's a lot of stories within a story) takes place in a dark, almost borderless forest. There are two types of peoples: the H
Sarah Merrill
I really enjoyed the fairy tale vibe of this book. I was a fan of the little interludes between chapters, and how as the book progressed towards the end, the folktales and the main plot start to converge until we get that ending that I thought was spot on.

While I loved the style and world, I disliked the characters which made it hard for me to want to read it at times. I actively disliked Lonan. Did not sympathize with him. I disliked that Branwen's whole purpose was to be an object of love int
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a tale of a young man, an outcast, who has carried the burden of unwarranted blame for many years after an attack on his village that left two people dead, one of which was his own father. His life changed that fateful night, and he has been haunted ever since with scornful whispers and looks of contempt from all those he held dear. Reduced to a forager with no Knack, he lives out his days in solitude and relies solely on the kindness of the village healer for survival. One night he drea ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was another book I really struggled on how to rate it with this goodreads system.

Originality 5/5
Plot/story 4/5
characters 3/5
dialogue/structure 3/5

This was a shorter book that read pretty quickly and was cheap for an e-book, so I have no regrets picking it up. That said, it feels a little rough around the edges, the dialogue was a tad cheesy at points and a little bit cliché, but the storyline and plot was very unique. So it was a combination of things I really really liked, and didn't l
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-own
A very original story that has a a dark fairytale kind of feel to it. I truly enjoyed it as a fast, interesting and different read.
The folktales that are told between chapters were very interesting and really added something.
I've added the other books in the series to my tbr, looking forward to see where the series will take me next.
This book would have been amazing if it wasn't so...empty?

Most of the book is filled with fairytale stories that, while I think were ingenuous, were actually so irrelevant to the progression of the plot or characters involved that they would have worked better if they'd ended up in a sort of "side-book" in which they were compiled. It just felt like the folktales/fairytales interrupted the flow of the actual story going on, and for not much except to add lore that wasn't very relevant in the end
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really engaging dark fantasy with a healthy dose of horror mixed in. Lonan is of the Low Corvae, a people who populate villages in a vast forest. Every night, he and the rest of the village must barricade themselves into cellars and basements; the night belongs to dark ravenous creatures, and no one who values their life would be out after the sun goes down. This particular detail brings to mind the main premise of The Warded Man, but the similarities end there. Lonan begins to dream ...more
Calvin Park
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In They Mostly Come Out at Night Benedict Patrick has given us a wonderful folktale. This is what Patrick excels at, and the world he begins crafting in this first of his Yarnsworld novels is captivating. Between each chapter there is a short vignette that gives us some background to the world, told as if someone was sharing the story around a camp fire one evening. It’s a risky device, but it works really well here.

In fact, there is a lot that works well in this book. As I mentioned, the setti
Rebekah Teller
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
They Mostly Come Out At Night is wonderfully put together, with a consistent folk tale atmosphere that blends two cultures, histories, myths, and current scenes, with a coming of age journey.

The setting is an old forest filled with dangers and secrets, and some disagreement about whether the dangers are mythical or real. The villagers haven't been in touch with the forest dwellers in at least a generation, and what used to be accepted knowledge has become rumor.

The main character, Lonan, is a b
Kitty G Books
** I was sent this by the author in exchange for an honest review **

Initially what attracted me to this book was the cover art. One thing I really appreciate from an indie author is taking the time to place value on their work by getting a good designer to make their book look good. The cover of this definitely looks good, it also really does represent the book, both big pluses!

Moving on to the story. This is a story which moves fast. It reminded me at various points of Peter V Brett, Brent Wee
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark fairy tale in the old school Grimm vein told from two main POVs. Lonan is the outcast of the village since his cries as a young boy brought death to his immediate family and damage to his village. Adahy is the son and heir to the Magpie King but struggles to live up to his own expectations of what that means. The author uses these POVs to provide a neat little twist as the story progresses. There are fairy tales set in this world that are interspersed throughout the book that serve as a w ...more
Apr 30, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
They Mostly Come Out at Night is a case of judging a book based on its cover. I bought this and the next three books in the series literal years ago, because I thought that the cover art was gorgeous. And there they have sat since I pulled them from their packaging. I very randomly decided this week that they had wasting away, unread and thus unloved, for more than long enough. I’m glad I did, because I ate up this little book in two sittings and enjoyed my time with it.

While brief, this is not
Adam Wheeler
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They Mostly Come Out at Night is an entertaining fantasy story interspliced with a series of folktales each adding to the lore and history of the forest land in which the book is set. The folktales provide an innovative worldbuilding device in support of the primary narrative through which the author has ceated an eerily atmospheric world with a sense of historical and cultural depth that is not easily achieved in such a short novel.

My only gripe is that the dialogue was often jarring for me as
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(You can see a bigger and prettier version of this review here, on my blog.)

First of all, the stories between chapters were all amazing, and that was a really cool way to give sort of a backstory on the folklore this world is mired in. I loved them. I think that my favorite one was The Magpie King and The Black Squirrel.

This story starts off scary. Enter a world where everyone has to hide in their cellars at night because monsters, literal monsters who will eat you, come out at night and… well t
Ryan Mueller
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a very enjoyable read. It had a very classic fantasy/fairy-tale feel. It's been a while since I read a story like that, and it was a refreshing change of pace. Overall, I found the writing was competent, with very few noticeable errors.

I didn't quite love it, but it was still a very good read. As an added plus, this is a standalone story. There's another novel set in the world, but this story is complete. That's rare these days in fantasy.

Rating: 8/10
This book, peeps, is not awesome. This book is rawrsome. Yes, awesome with a rawr. I mean, look at this freaking cover… It’s creepy, but just like in the scary movies where they know they shouldn’t open the door and go outside and they still do, this cover makes you want to do just that. Explore further, see under the mask, ruffle those feathers and wish you had x ray vision to see underneath. No? Does the cover not make you feel so? Then let me change your mind by telling you a bit more about t ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there is one thing to be said about this book, Patrick’s story telling ability is as beautiful as it is complex and breathtakingly unique. A great find for lovers of dark fantasy!

The story is told in three alternating narratives; the first being our main character Lonan, folklore excerpts, and Lonan’s dream about a strange man named Adahy and a mysterious man with extraordinary powers that goes by the name of The Magpie King. We begin the journey with Lonan, a current outcast in his society
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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. However, the first half or so of Lonan's chapters felt clunky and the main characters remained aloof. In some ways, I think this distance between character and reader is appropriate as a reflection of how fairy tales feel, but at the same time, I wished to feel more for Lonan, Adahy, and Branwen.

My favorite element was the folktales. T
Ashe Armstrong
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
This was an interesting read. The folktale vibes gave it a distinct flavor and the aesthetic of the Magpie King was great. Reminded me of Eileen the crow from Bloodborne. There is a bit of roughness but no more than any other debut novel. The worst thing you can say about that kind of roughness is you can see the potential of the writer. Mostly, this is a fun story. Mostly. Give it a read.
Violet Stone
I feel like I could easily rate the first 50% of this book 2.5 stars and the last 50% 3.5 stars. It steadily got better but not great.

They Mostly Come Out at Night is split, in a sense. Every other chapter there's a Grimm styled chapter that focuses on a tale of that world. Such as Artemis and the Mouse, The Magpie King's Bride, The Thief and the Lady, all of which have to do with the present story. It's a uniquely written book.

When brought to the present, you follow two young men. One is the s
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Lawrence's SPFBO has been great for discovering amazing, under-the-radar self-published books that I would never have found on my own. This book was one of those gems.

If you're looking for a book with a happy, predictable ending: look elsewhere. If you want a book that makes you think and ends in a way that gives you the feels because winning can be costly: this is a book for you.

Well written, original, and engaging, I couldn't put this book down: it's partly a Brothers Grimm fairy tale an
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cohesive. Weathered. Satisfying. These are the three words that best sum up THEY MOSTLY COME OUT AT NIGHT for me.

COHESIVE. From start to finish, every part of this book moved towards the same goal: telling one grand, totally integrated story. It fluidly moves from past to present, legend to reality, doubt to certainty. It is a pasodoble--a dance between the bull and the matador--where there is teasing, prodding, advancing, retreating, until the final moment of reckoning. Benedict Patrick is to b
Julia Sarene
Finished this one in just two days!
While the story isn't exactly what I'd usually buy, I really enjoyed it.
It is very much like a fairy-tale, and has quite some stories interspersed between the plot chapters.
I usually am no fan of fairy-tales, and never liked to read brothers Grimm and such, so while I didn't enjoy that part of the book especially much, it might be the reasons others love it, and I will leave out that aspect in my rating as it purely down to personal taste. The little stories
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Benedict Patrick is from a small town in Northern Ireland called Banbridge, but has been living and working in Scotland since he moved there at the age of eighteen. Tragically, that was quite a while ago.

He has been writing for most of his life, and has been reading for pretty much all of it (with help from mum and dad at the beginning). Benedict's life changed when a substitute primary school tea

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