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Down Comes the Night

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  135 reviews
A gorgeously gothic, deeply romantic YA debut fantasy about two enemies trapped inside a crumbling mansion, with no escape from the monsters within.

Honor your oath, destroy your country.

Wren Southerland is the most talented healer in the Queen’s Guard, but her reckless actions have repeatedly put her on thin ice with her superiors. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 2nd 2021 by Wednesday Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I’ve had a hard time trying to rate this book. I did not like the beginning of the book. In my opinion, this is just a murder mystery. There is a castle and it had the opportunity to be a gothic story but it just wasn’t.

I love the name Wren and was so excited for this book. Wren was an idiot during the beginning of the book. I guess it was the 30% mark it started to get relatively interesting. And I love the cover!

I enjoyed Wren more when she was at the castle taking care of Hal. I enjoyed the
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay! There are gothic, disturbing vibes, a blooming true romance, hateful kingdoms, references to Darwin’s theory of natural selection and Frankenstein and pure magic dances with fantasy genre. This combination seems like an intriguingly fresh, riveting, enjoyable debut novel!

A dark mansion reminds you of Guillermo Del Toro’s dark, claustrophobic world building, a rich, mysterious man keeps very dangerous secret beyond the closed doors, two rivalries dig out mysteries by roaming around the eer
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

(this book is my literal brand)

edit: look at that cover, gothic vibes aboundddd
Mara YA Mood Reader
Even the synopsis is atmospheric! Gives me eerie and wintry chills! Oh 2021-Young Adult, please don’t let me down!!
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A gothic story rich in detail, deliciously dark and a little bit of something for everyone. Truly a book for those looking for something different, something extraordinarily and something that will keep them turning the pages coming back for more.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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The Written Review

Niece of the Queen, Wren Southerland has always felt herself a burden.

Her parents are gone, her family is gone (except the Queen) so she realized pretty early on that she needed to make herself useful to gain any sort of recognition. And so she did.

Wren is the most talented healer but despite her power, she's constantly being driven away from the Queen and from her career.

She's too emotional - more
May 12, 2020 is currently reading it
Thank you thank you thank you 😭😭✨


Book description: a dark gothic fantasy with Guillermo del Toro vibes, enemies-to-lovers and a bi main character
Me: ummm... YES PLEASE?
*cover is revealed*
Me: such bEAUTY
Author: this book has lots of pining, enemies-to-lovers romance, magic that feels like science, sickly Victorian lads, a bi heroine, an only-one-bed debacle, and a sinister, snowy setting
☙ nemo ❧
Aug 11, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
title from a fleetwood mac song??

guillermo del toro-esque world??

gothic romance???

give it to meeeeeee!!!!
ash | novelly rooted
Jul 17, 2020 marked it as on-hold
Thank you St. Martin's Press/Wednesday Books for inviting me to read this early through netgalley!!
Isabel Ibañez
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Wednesday Books via NetGalley for the wish-granted early read of Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft.

Overall this is a decent standalone? fantasy/romance, and seems to be pretty YA appropriate. The advertised age range is 13-18 on Amazon and I can see that.  The description gives away the first couple huge plot twists though, so there's that.

Let's start with the world building. The religious and political bits are pretty well explained, even the military structure, but the humanita
Ahhhhhhhh! Thank you so much, Wednesday Books, for the ARC!!! I'm beyond excited!!

I've had this title on my radar for a while. So pumped to have the opportunity to get to it early!!
Jul 12, 2020 marked it as to-read

Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This eARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Down Comes the Night reads like a snowy, gothic fairytale; one best enjoyed with a steaming mug of tea and cozy surroundings. Allison Saft’s YA fantasy debut can easily be devoured in a few sittings, offering a comforting escape from reality. However, though I found the story to be captivating and enjoyable, Down Comes the Night did ultimately leave me wanting more.

Saft’s tale introduces readers to Wren South
A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮
Rating: meh in the middle / 5

**Received Netgalley ARC in exchange for honest review.**

"Average" is the word that comes to mind when I read YA books nowadays, and this one is about as average as they come. Granted, they've got an "original" world as a setting, but there are just so many "original worlds" out there, that...nothing's original when everything's original, if that makes sense.

Therefore, with average "trying so hard to be original" characters, "an original but aren't they all" setting
Jul 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
Why hello little ARC! So excited I was invited to dive into you.
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
I'm rating this cover with a huge NO.

A Guillermo del Toro-esque World

Gothic Romance

A healer and a soldier fall in love

And must fight against the darkness

Bonus: a Bisexual MC

Seems AMAZING!*3*
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Sep 19, 2020 marked it as not-yet-released
the sexual tension can be felt ACROSS THE KINGDOM
michelle (magical reads)
4.25 stars

rep: bisexual protagonist, wlw side character
cw: gore, murder, implied torture, detailed descriptions of surgical procedures

**I received an eARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

Okay, I started this book eight months before it comes out because Charlotte made me. I knew I'd like it from the dedication ("For the girls who feel too much") and guess what, I did! Part fantasy, part Gothic horror, Down Come
“A healer torn between duty and her heart, a solider broken by his crimes, and a darkness that threatens to consume them”

Give this to me now- 2021, get here sooner!
Tiffany Bookwormgram
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dark mage boy.
Powerful bi magician girl.
Creepy mansion.
Weird deaths.
Enemies to lovers.
I’m here for it.
This was a Very Fun read!
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya

First of all, thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me the chance to read this book early. It was a real treat.

Down Comes the Night feels a bit like YA Daphne du Maurier by way of Wuthering Heights - it's got a lovely Gothic element and tangled friend-and-family ties, both of which are the undisputed strong points of the writing. Wren's journey to understand that she's allowed to be who she is, even if others tell her she's "too emotional," is worthwhile and works nicely with t
May 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
You had me at


Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
“She wasn’t weak for feeling. Hardened hearts were breakable. But hers had endured again and again”

2.5 stars.

I think the biggest issue with this book was the marketing (but hey, there's still time to fix that!). Or really, it's just how it was presented to me and the rest of those readers I see anticipating the release of this book. This book isn't bad, but it's not great either. Goodreads says two stars means it's okay and really, this was okay. Down Comes the Night felt more young
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DOWN COMES THE NIGHT is absolutely incredible. A swoony romance set amidst a deliciously gothic setting, it lives up to the hype (and more)!
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
An enthralling and fast-paced fantasy standalone.
First of all, I wouldn't categorize this book as gothic, but just fantasy. Could it have been a gothic story? Maybe, but it turned out as more of a murder mystery. Additionally, this is a fantasy ROMANCE, stay away if that is not what you are looking for.
It has come to my attention that most YA summaries provided contain spoilers. This was no exception, the description gave away a couple of initial plot twists. I mostly never read them before the
Bright Star
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

“We all were raised to be cruel. It takes incredible strength to be kind in this world. To endure suffering instead of further it.”

Down Comes the Night is Allison Saft's debut novel and it was such a good book. What hooked me from the first page was the writing style, which was really captivating. Rich in details and descriptions, the worldbuilding and the story itself were well crafted and they held my attention until the last
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-and-13
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Down Comes the Night in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, this is a really good romantic fantasy standalone. It's not, however, an atmospheric read. The description puts so much emphasis on the 'crumbling mansion' they're trapped in and reminds you over and over again that this is a gothic story but its not. That's okay, but if you were expecting something gothic, this is an enemies to lovers standalone (with a bi lead!!)/ murder mystery
Cait | GoodeyReads
Okay, hello, really enjoyed this one y'all.

Full review to come closer to publishing (March 2021). Add to your TBR now!!
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler free, 4.5 stars*

When all I knew about this book was that it was about enemies trapped inside a crumbling mansion with monsters around every corner, I was still so, so eager to read it. All the early reviews I heard for it were nothing but praise and it sounded dark and snowy and gothic. I honestly couldn't quite believe it when I was lucky enough to get an e-ARC. A bi main character, a mysterious disease, and snowy mountains. Really, the pull I felt towards this book was strong. Trigger
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Allison Saft was born in a Philadelphia blizzard and has been chasing the sun ever since. After receiving her MA in English Literature from Tulane University, she moved from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast, where she spends her time hiking the redwoods and practicing aerial silks. Down Comes the Night is her debut novel.

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