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New Night

(Gothic #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Warning: Contains mass evacuation, murder, body horror, racism, discussion of racism, needles, and a spider.

Lucas was a police officer in Gothic, Arkansas, on a career path to success. That all ended the day horrifying needle monsters tore through his beloved city, killing hundreds and forcing a federal evacuation. Now Gothic is quarantined behind high, razor-wire-tipped f
ebook, 207 pages
Published October 28th 2016
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Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating re-entry into the hell-hole town and area around Gothic.

With the first novel, we got a very creative horror that was half alien-invasion with portals to another world and half body-horror. With this next novel, we've got a lot more of the same going on, but this time with a much more complicated story and a much freer hand with the portals.

What got me the most was the way the aliens and the humans made a third race so seamlessly and wonderfully so, easily slipping into new roles tha
Jim Brown
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, scifi
I am reviewing an advanced copy that was provided to me.

Wow! This book is just as good as the first. This had no slow parts. It starts out in a FEMA camp for refugees a few months after the first book ends. So you realize pretty quickly that even though the book picks up awhile after the first and it appears to be a different story the background of the first book makes things become clear what is going on and what the hammer contains.
Character development is pretty quick but at a very good pace
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, Fiona van Dahl!
A solid followup to Eden Green, New Night is about the aftermath of the events from the first novel. Now, the characters more or less know what's happening, even if they still don't know how to stop it. Reading the first volume is a must, as many of the events here would spoil the story. Having gotten that out of the way, now that I know this world and its rules, I was highly i
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Second incursion in the nightmare-land, this time Fiona threw in there a new kind of super villain i would say, one that will take us on a new path, quite literaly and figurately. In his story we find out details about the portals and the needle monsters.
Unfortunately, my impression was of a cold shoulder from the human-ish characters even though their struggle was (within the rational bounderies) relatable and understandable. The cold part i think, it comes from the fact that most of the time
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Vasil Kolev
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Continues well. Starts to stray a bit from the hard sf parts, but is still very enjoyable (and somewhere in the middle I started wondering how many books would it take to un-fuck the situation).

(also, why are these books so short)
Dave Higgins
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Providing both exciting struggles against an invading alien menace and an exploration of the mental challenges of facing something Other, van Dahl creates science fiction horror that stimulates both the emotions and the mind.

Lucas had a career he both enjoyed and was good at; as a police officer in Gothic, Arkansas. Until the day portals opened throughout the town, filling the streets with horrific monsters. Fences and patrols keep the threat confined, but Gothic itself is abandoned. So now he s
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing an advance copy that was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, anyone see my review for the first book? Remember I said it kinda dragged a bit in the middle and to hold on? This book didn't drag at all. You're given just enough time to get your feet wet in this world, sniff some nice air and BOOM goes the fence, here come the villians, BLAM someone got shot, what's this? Oh nothing, just all Hell breaking loose! What's that reader? You haven't gotten strapped in? I'd adv
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book for free.

Definitely a great book, worthy of five stars.

The characters and the setting are where the story shines, with a good amount of twists and surprises keeping it up for good measure.

That said, it's much more setting-focused than its predecessor, shedding lights to the effects of the events of Eden Green. This isn't to say that it neglects its characters - rather, I'd say that Eden Green neglected its setting in favor of focusing on the characters
Ramona Plant
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book picked up nicely from where the first one left of. You get introduced to some new characters who you will follow in this book. Fiona is a very skilled author and knows how to develop a unique plot. This book is quite different than anything I have read to date. The plot follows a good pace and has a few unexpected twists coming that I didn't see coming. I always enjoy when the author has "one up on me" and is able to surprise me like that.

I really enjoyed this book and only had one rea
Richie O'Hara-Beamand
Fiona van Dahl follows the excellent Eden Green with an assured sequel, in New Night, so as not to wax lyrical about Eden Green (I would encourage you to check out my review, or better yet-just buy the book) I will say that it is not essential to have read Eden Green, but it will add to your experience of New Night should you choose to.
New Night moves the narrative of Eden Green from a deeply personal, body horror, trauma, to a well crafted sci-fi adventure. New Night raises some interesting qu
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is based on an advance copy of New Night, provided by the author for review purposes.

New Night, the sequel to Eden Green, takes place shortly after the ending of the previous book. New characters (view spoiler) are quickly introduced, then the story takes off at break-neck speed. Eden Green was a thrilling adventure, and New Night amplifies the action. The novel moves along quickly without getting bogged down in exposition. The many action sequences are t
Piper Gee
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Many thanks to author Fiona Van Dahl for providing me with a copy for review.

Firstly, if you are interested in this book, but have not yet read the first in the series, Eden Green, you should get a copy of it to read. Once finished you should come back and read this one.

I really enjoyed this book. It really felt like a direct continuation from the first, but still had a different feel. That can be difficult to balance, but Van Dahl did this beautifully. Where Eden Green felt more like a bizarro
Cameron McAvoy
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Preface: Reviewed from an advance copy of New Night.

New Night is the sequel to Eden Green; the story takes place in a different setting, with new characters, and it is not necessary to have read Eden Green first (although you will miss out on some minor references, but they are not important to the plot). The pacing of the story is much more methodical than Eden Green, but executes superbly. Readers interested by the horror elements in Eden Green may be a bit disappointed, as New Night focuses m
Lucia Green
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Thoroughly enjoyed this right up to the last page. Great pacing, and well fleshed out characters with a story that keeps you guessing without twist whiplash.
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Fiona van Dahl is a novelist who lives with her three black cats in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She likes disturbing fiction that delivers a frisson of truth. In her spare time, she enjoys critiquing and fan-editing movies, and reading and writing fanfiction, getting extra inspiration from psychedelics, and hiking and camping.

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